Learn stop-motion and hand-drawn animation and get introduced to digital tools for editing and compositing their output. Experiment with short, animated sketches and produce a finished animation. Develop skills in storyboarding, composition, and storytelling, using drawings or sculptures to spin tales.

MCAD is committed to cutting-edge technology, while also being known as one of few schools to teach hand-drawn 2D techniques. Animation graduates have found positions with Nickelodeon, FOX, SyFy Channel, Disney, and more.

Check out student animations, read about an animation major's experience, and view photos from last year.

Comic Art

Learn the fundamental lessons of storytelling, character development, penciling, and inking to create short comic book stories. Develop the production skills necessary to create your own edition of comic books. 

MCAD is one of the only colleges in the country to offer comic art degree programs. Comic art graduates have taken positions at Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studio, Lucid Publishing, 2D Cloud Studio, Periscope, and more.

View Volumes 1 and 2 of comics by past students, read about a comic major's experience, and check out photos from last year

Graphic Design

Learn to combine text and graphics in support of a message. Gain technical skills in Adobe Creative suite, the program used by professional designers. Create diverse projects including logos, posters, branding systems, packaging, and more.

MCAD is one of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graphic Design Schools.” Graphic design graduates have held positions at MTV, Target Corporation, Urban Outfitters, Motorola, Pentagram, and more.

Read about a graphic design major's experience and view photos from last year


Learn skills in perception, conceptualization, and imagination, as well as knowledge of color, form, and composition. Work in a shared studio with still-life setups, live models, self-portraits, and digital photographs to see how contrast, color, light, and shadow can illuminate the complexities of your subject matter. Professional nude models may be used in this program.

MCAD has a fine arts tradition that extends beyond a century, helping to develop artists who have established themselves as preeminent creatives whose work can be found everywhere from on Broadway to at the Walker Art Center.

Read about a painting major's experience and view photos from last year.

Note: Students in the painting major pay a $100 materials fee in addition to the tuition cost.

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