An MCAD Education

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For 125+ years, MCAD has been shaping the meaning of art and design education.

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 propel you from where you are to where you want to go.

  • We deliver top-notch, relevant, on-campus and online academic programs, 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.

  • We are continuously partnering with organizations looking to tap into MCAD creative talent, so all of our students graduate with real-world work experience.

  • We've been lauded by I.D., the Princeton ReviewU.S. News & World Report, and many others as a top art and design college.


Academic Offerings

MCAD offers bachelor's and master's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, and pre-college programs, as well as continuing education courses and camps for learners all ages.


Experiential Learning

Core Four

Our BFA curriculum is rooted by Core Four—fundamental courses that enrich each student's development as he or she progresses through the college, from first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences. Core Four is a systematic process that transforms MCAD students into professional artists and designers.


Most MCAD students are required to complete at least one internship. Working on-site under the mentorship of an experienced professional, students apply their skills to real-world projects while learning about their chosen industry, enhancing their skills, networking, and building their portfolios.

Study Abroad/Off Campus

Studying off campus is fun, full of rewarding learning experiences, and a proven way to enhance creativity. That's why we offer a number of off-campus learning opportunities for students—whether they want to study abroad or study elsewhere in the United States.

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