Post Secondary Enrollment Option

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The MCAD PSEO program is an honors program for high school seniors. To be accepted, you must demonstrate self-discipline, maturity and a high level of commitment to the visual and liberal arts. Because the PSEO program is competitive, students admitted into the program are not guaranteed classes from semester to semester.

Enrollment must occur during your senior year, and you may attend fall or spring semesters. MCAD allows PSEO students to take one course per semester for two semesters for a total of six credits. These credits are transferable to the BFA or BSc degree programs.

Online PSEO Application Checklist

The online Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is an honors program for high school students residing in Minnesota who live more than 50 miles from MCAD’s campus.

MCAD Online PSEO Application Form (PDF)
Complete the online PSEO application form and return it to the Admissions Office by mail or as an email attachment.

Personal Statement of Interest
Please share any information you feel would be helpful for us in evaluating your interest in the visual arts. Explain why you want to take an art class online. Your statement may include personal thoughts on art, technology, and your career goals. Ask yourself: “why do I want to participate in the ONLINE PSEO program at MCAD, and how does being an ONLINE art student fit into my educational goals?”

Official High School Transcript
Your transcript must show that you will be a senior for the upcoming academic year and that you have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (C+ average).

Two Letters of Recommendation
Include one letter from your high school guidance counselor and one from a parent or guardian.

Minnesota PSEO Form (PDF)
Complete the form with your guidance counselor and be sure that the form is signed by you, your parent or guardian, and your guidance counselor.

Portfolio of Artwork
Your portfolio is one of the most important requirements in the admissions decision. Because you will be working online, your portfolio should consist of 8 digital examples, in JPG format, of your best and most recent work. Your portfolio should include drawings done from observation (rather than drawings copied directly from photographs or other artists’ work.) You may submit digital images of painting, sculpture, design projects, photography, film, screenshots, etc. If you have interactive work on the internet, you may submit a paragraph explaining the project and your creative role, with a working URL. All other portfolio work must be submitted as JPG attachments to email. Submit to: admissions@mcad.edu Subject line: MCAD ONLINE PSEO PORTFOLIO

On-Campus PSEO Application Checklist

MCAD PSEO Application Form (PDF)
Please download and complete the MCAD PSEO Application Form (PDF). Please attach this form to your statement of interest.

Personal Statement of Interest
Please share information you feel would be helpful in evaluating your interest in the visual arts. Why do you want to participate in the MCAD PSEO program? How does it fit into your educational goals?

Official High School Transcript
Your transcript must show that you will be a senior for the upcoming academic year and that you have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (C+ average).

Two Letters of Recommendation
Include one letter from your high school guidance counselor and one from a parent or guardian.

Minnesota PSEO Form (PDF)
Complete the form with your guidance counselor and be sure that the form is signed by you, your parent or guardian, and your guidance counselor.

Portfolio of Creative Work (BFA only)
Your portfolio is one of the most important requirements in the admissions decision. Include twelve (12) examples of your best and most recent work. Your portfolio should include drawings done from observation (rather than drawings copied from photographs or other artists' work). You may also submit paintings, sculpture, design projects, photography, film, etc. All oversized 3D work must be submitted in slides or photographs. You may submit digital images of painting, sculpture, design projects, photography, film, screenshots, etc. If you have interactive work on the internet, you may submit a paragraph explaining the project and your creative role, with a working URL. All other portfolio work must be submitted as JPG attachments to email or a link to an online portfolio like Flickr. Submit to: admissions@mcad.edu Subject line: MCAD ON-CAMPUS PSEO PORTFOLIO.

Portfolio Review (BFA only - Optional)
Contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment.

Interview (Optional)
Contact the admissions office to schedule an interview and a tour of the campus.

Applying to the program is free.

MCAD is currently accepting PSEO applications for the Spring 2014 semester starting January 13, 2014, and Fall 2014 semester starting September 2, 2014.

Spring Enrollment: All materials must be received by December 1 for spring semester enrollment.

Fall Enrollment: All materials must be received by July 1 for fall semester enrollment.

Please contact the MCAD Admissions Office at admissions@mcad.edu, 612.874.3760, or 800.874.6223, ext. 1 with any questions.