A Letter from President Jay Coogan

Jay Coogan, photo by Travis Anderson

Thank you for your interest in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design!

MCAD is a community dedicated to placing students first and helping them combine their creativity with a sense of purpose. We are large enough to have a diverse student body and faculty with a wide range of interests, but small enough to be able to give all students individual attention. From the day you decide to attend through the day you graduate and for the rest of your life, you will be part of an extended family of peers, faculty, advisors, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and pursue your dreams.

Learn through Making

As an MCAD student, you’ll be introduced to the practice of learning through making. Our academic programs include:

Our mission is to give you the creative problem-solving skills, critical thinking, focus, and work ethic necessary for you to succeed in your chosen career. Across all of our degree programs, we work to foster a spirit of innovation and in so doing, we develop the next generation of leaders in art and design and beyond.

Immerse Yourself in a Creative Environment

The educational experience at MCAD is permeable, with as much of your learning taking place out of the classroom as in. Our energetic, creative community is centered in one of the most arts-supportive areas of America. Minnesota ranks first in the nation in per-capita public funding of the arts, and Minneapolis has been named one of the top ten creative cities in the United States. Our intimate campus is minutes from acclaimed museums, performing arts venues, and the vibrancy of downtown Minneapolis. You'll feel surrounded by unparalleled creative energy while here.

Get to Know Us

The first step to joining us as a student is for you to explore MCAD. I invite you to see our campus, meet our faculty, and talk to our students. We want to learn about you, your work, your ideas, and what is meaningful to you; in other words, we want to see your self-portrait. You can schedule a personal visit with the admissions department or come to one of our prospective student information events. Either way, I think you’ll be impressed.


Jay Coogan
President