Enrollment Information for College of Visual Arts (CVA) Students
The MCAD community is saddened by the closing of the College of Visual Arts (CVA). For the past eighty-nine years, MCAD and CVA have been neighbors and colleagues, with both institutions committed to providing students with an art and design education grounded in the liberal arts. CVA’s closure is a loss for the Twin Cities art and design community.
CVA students have the choice to complete their courses of study at MCAD. MCAD has agreed to make special accommodations to our admission process policies for currently enrolled CVA students who complete the following requirements by February 15, 2013. Items marked with an asterisk symbol (*) are special accommodations.
We realize that the closing of CVA is a stressful situation, and we have streamlined the application process for CVA students to enroll at MCAD. CVA students wishing to apply to MCAD need to carefully follow the processes we have outlined and complete the steps by the posted dates. MCAD is hosting an on-campus information session for CVA students on February 1 at 3:00 p.m. Students can register for this event here.
- Application Process: All CVA Students
- Rising CVA Senior Information: Teach Out
- Rising CVA Sophomore and CVA Junior Information: Transfer
- Transfer-Credit Evaluation
- Financial-Aid Information
- Tuition and Fees
The following application materials must be submitted by February 15, 2013, for you to be considered for admission and matriculation to MCAD for Fall 2013:
To begin the admission and transfer process, complete the online application form and use the application fee waiver code provided to you by the February 15, 2013, deadline. MCAD has waived the required application fee of $50 for all CVA students*. Please complete the application fields pertaining to CVA students, as this will help us determine your status next year as an MCAD student.
College of Visual Arts Transcripts: Official CVA transcripts are due by February 15, 2013.
High School and Additional College Transcripts*: If formally requested by the student, CVA will provide to MCAD unofficial copies of high school transcripts with graduation date and any additional college or university transcripts as a placeholder by the February 15, 2013, deadline. If a copy is received as a placeholder, official high school transcripts with graduation date and any other additional college or university transcripts are due by March 1, 2013. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all official transcripts are on file by the posted deadlines. Transcripts need to be sent directly from the institution issuing them to be considered official. Transcripts marked "issued to student" are not considered official transcripts.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Transcripts: Submit official AP and IB transcripts by February 15, 2013. See the PDF documents below for acceptable transfer courses.
Official transcripts may be submitted via:
MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Secure Email Transmission:
ACT or SAT test scores are not required for transfer applicants who have successfully completed at least twelve college credits. If you have not completed twelve college credits with a grade of C or better, please submit your test scores to:
MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
One letter of recommendation is required from an art instructor, guidance counselor, advisor, or employer in support of your application. The letter may be sent directly to the MCAD Admissions Office, or you may send a request to your letter writer via mcad.slideroom.com for submission directly to MCAD.
Write a carefully edited one-page statement, 400–600 words in length, specific to the question* below. Please submit your statement online at mcad.slideroom.com (as a CVA applicant, please ignore the personal statement instructions in SlideRoom).
CVA Applicants please answer the following:
- Describe what you make as an artist and why you chose your medium. Be specific about your intended major, and discuss your professional goals after completion of a BFA degree.*
15–20 pieces total: 10 pieces specific to your intended major*, and 5–10 pieces showcasing additional best work uploaded to mcad.slideroom.com (as a CVA applicant, please ignore the portfolio instructions in SlideRoom). The portfolio is the most important part of the BFA application, and it will help us determine how best to place you within our program and your intended major. It is evaluated on artistic and conceptual content, design and composition, technical skill, and creative potential.
Students who have not declared a CVA major or have completed only Foundation Year at CVA are recommended to submit the following 4 subjects: landscape, still life, interior space, and self-portrait. One of the 4 subjects must be an observational drawing. Additionally, include 11 to 16 pieces more of your finished artwork that show your technical skills and idea development for a total portfolio of 15–20 pieces. It helps to submit work from a variety of media to best demonstrate your abilities; any medium is acceptable. Sketches may also be submitted, but only to show the idea development of your completed pieces.
Do not ship or mail portfolios to MCAD. Portfolios may be uploaded at mcad.slideroom.com. This digital platform allows you to create an inventory of your best work and to include titles, dates, media, dimensions, and notes.
Both still images and time-based works may be uploaded. Images may be viewed and rearranged until the application process is complete. Detailed instructions are found on the site. For technical support, email email@example.com. There is no charge to submit portfolios online.
For students currently enrolled at CVA for Spring 2013, MCAD will make an exception to the maximum number of transfer credits of 63 credits allowed, for Fall 2013 entrance only. Once accepted for admission at MCAD, you will receive an official transfer-credit evaluation outlining the credits remaining to complete your degree at MCAD (see the SAMPLE: College of Visual Arts Foundation Year Unofficial Transfer Credit Evaluation below). MCAD will consider transferring in any liberal arts or studio arts credits that meet our curriculum requirements with a grade of “C” or better (see the Teach-Out exception*). Credits taken at colleges or universities that have been accepted for credit by CVA will be evaluated by MCAD for transferability. Students should not assume that credits from other institutions awarded by CVA will be automatically transferred to MCAD. For students entering Fall 2013 semester, final materials for transfer, including final official Spring 2013 transcripts, must be received before Friday, June 28, 2013.
For Liberal Arts Transfer Credit
Liberal arts classes that are comparable to those taught at MCAD will be considered, including most art history, humanities, language, and social-science courses. Course content is always considered when determining the transfer of credit and a course description may be required in order to determine transfer eligibility.
For Studio Arts Transfer Credit*
CVA students who complete the application process by the February 15, 2013, deadline are not required to submit studio transfer portfolios*, although an admission portfolio is required. In some cases, it may be requested to submit additional work for course registration and placement.
MCAD will accept for admission in the Teach-Out plan all CVA students in good standing who will be eligible for their senior year in the Fall of 2013 (Rising Seniors) and will waive the normal residency requirement of a minimum of 57 credits completed at MCAD to earn a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree.
To be eligible for enrollment to MCAD for the Teach-Out plan, students must meet the following requirements:
Completion of the above application process by February 15, 2013
Minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
30 required credits or less remaining towards degree completion
MCAD will determine eligibility of students for the Teach-Out program
Courses completed at CVA earning a grade below C-* will not be transferrable to MCAD for credit under the Teach-Out plan (this is an exception for Teach-Out plan students only to MCAD's required grade of C for transfer credit)
Payment of a $150 tuition deposit (credited towards Fall 2013 tuition charges) by April 1, 2013, to be eligible for course registration
Completion of the Spring 2013 semester at CVA in good standing
CVA Students attending MCAD pursuant to the Teach-Out plan will receive an MCAD degree upon completion of MCAD's graduation requirements. Please note that admittance to MCAD under the Teach-Out plan does not guarantee that CVA students will complete their degree program in one year. Teach-Out plan students are required to satisfactorily complete remaining coursework at MCAD and meet MCAD degree requirements in order to be awarded an MCAD degree.
Teach-Out Advising and Course Registration
Teach-Out students who have submitted their $150 tuition deposit by the April 1, 2013, deadline will be notified of next steps regarding advising and course registration.
The Teach-Out plan does not negate other MCAD policies as outlined in the MCAD Student Handbook. When enrolled at MCAD, Teach-Out plan students must comply with all MCAD policies not explicitly outlined above.
MCAD will review for transfer admission all CVA students (Rising Sophomores and Rising Juniors) who are not eligible for the Teach-Out plan and wish to apply to the BFA program at MCAD. For Fall 2013 entrance only, MCAD will make an exception to the maximum number of transfer credits of 63 credits allowed*. This applies only for students currently enrolled at CVA for Spring 2013.
To apply for admission to MCAD as a transfer student, students must complete the above application process by February 15, 2013.
If admitted, transfer students must complete the following to be eligible for enrollment at MCAD:
Payment of a $150 tuition deposit (credited towards Fall 2013 tuition charges) by May 1, 2013, to be eligible for course registration
Completion of the Spring 2013 semester at CVA in good standing
CVA students who transfer to MCAD will receive an MCAD degree upon completion of MCAD's graduation requirements. All transfer students are required to satisfactorily complete remaining coursework at MCAD and meet MCAD degree requirements in order to be awarded an MCAD degree.
Transfer Student Course Registration
Transfer students who have submitted their $150 tuition deposit by the May 1, 2013, deadline will be notified of next steps regarding course registration.
The above information does not negate other MCAD policies as outlined in the MCAD Student Handbook. When enrolled at MCAD, transfer students must comply with all MCAD policies not explicitly outlined above.
To qualify for need-based financial aid, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2013, at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. MCAD's school code is 002365.
Financial-aid and admissions merit scholarship funds awarded to CVA students are based on the same criteria used for MCAD students. CVA students who complete the application requirements by February 15, 2013, and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, including all required financial-aid forms by the posted deadline of March 1, 2013, will receive an award notification by March 15, 2013. Notifications will include the estimated cost of attendance, along with names and amounts of financial-aid assistance being offered by MCAD, state aid, federal aid, and federal work-study, if eligible.
Tuition for students attending MCAD for the 2013/14 academic year is $32,550. Students will also be assessed a student activity fee of $200 for the 2013/14 academic year. These charges are the same as other undergraduate students attending MCAD. No additional special fees will be charged to CVA students. An itemized tuition bill for Fall 2013 will be available to all students no later than July 15, 2013.