An MCAD Education
For 125-plus years, MCAD has been shaping the meaning of art and design education: We deliver top-notch, relevant academic programs, including comic arts and furniture design, all of which are taught by our superb faculty of working artists and designers; We are fully committed to being accessible—our facilities are open 24/7—and keeping costs manageable—97% of our students receive financial aid; And since we are continuously partnering with community organizations looking to tap into MCAD creative talent, all of our students graduate with real-world work experiences.
Whether you are a high school student checking out your options, a transfer student looking for a change, or a working professional exploring ways to advance your career, an MCAD education will move you from where you are to where you want to go.
MCAD offers two undergraduate degree programs: a bachelor of fine arts degree and a bachelor of science degree. And because we're a small school that encourages students to cross disciplines, there's a lot of interaction among the students pursuing each of the degrees—which makes you an even stronger artist or designer, no matter what path you pick.
Advertising ▪ Animation ▪ Comic Art ▪ Drawing and Painting ▪ Entrepreneurial Studies ▪ Filmmaking ▪ Fine Arts Studio ▪ Furniture Design ▪ Graphic Design ▪ Illustration ▪ Photography ▪ Print Paper Book ▪ Sculpture ▪ Web and Multimedia Environments
The master of fine arts degree program at MCAD is based on the European model of advanced study, which is a mentor-based approach combining the independence of open studio work with the structure of regular feedback, critiques from visiting artists, and liberal arts seminars.
Areas of Study
Animation ▪ Comic Art ▪ Drawing ▪ Filmmaking ▪ Furniture Design ▪ Graphic Design ▪ Illustration ▪ Painting ▪ Photography ▪ Print Paper Book ▪ Sculpture ▪ Web and Multimedia ▪ Environments
If you want to expand your studies beyond standalone classes but don't have the time to pursue a degree, check out MCAD's professional post-baccalaureate certificate programs.
These programs are built for working professionals—those with the ambition and talent to progress further in the field of design, but who have limited time. Courses in these programs are taught by experienced professionals and provide access to MCAD's renowned facilities, coursework, and faculty.
Areas of Study
MCAD's pre-college summer session gives high school sophomores through graduating seniors the chance to live on campus, build a portfolio, and earn three college credits.
The curriculum provides the type of coursework that a first-year MCAD student would experience: The first week is equivalent to the first weeks of a term where you learn skills, programs, and techniques. The second week is comparable to the final week in which projects are planned, critiqued and completed.
Students work independently and together on projects. Particularly during the second week, students learn the reality of art school: you must often work at night to get the project done! Nighttime studios are fully staffed with teachers and provide some of the most intense and valuable working experiences.
Our BFA curriculum is rooted by Core Four—fundamental courses that are structured to enrich each student's development as he or she progresses through the College. From the first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, Core Four is a systematic process that transforms MCAD students into professional artists and designers.
Internships are academic learning experiences where students work under the mentorship of an experienced professional. Working on-site, students apply their skills to real-world projects while learning about the industry, enhancing their skills, networking, and building their portfolio.