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

  • We deliver top-notch, relevant 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 Programs

Undergraduate Degrees

MCAD offers two undergraduate degree programs: a bachelor of fine arts degree and a bachelor of science degree. Because we're a small school that encourages students to cross disciplines, there's a lot of interaction among students pursuing each of these degrees—which makes you an even stronger artist or designer, no matter what path you pick.

AdvertisingAnimationComic ArtDrawing and PaintingEntrepreneurial StudiesFilmmaking ▪ Fine Arts StudioFurniture DesignGraphic DesignIllustrationPhotographyPrint Paper BookSculptureWeb and Multimedia Environments

Graduate Degrees

The fully online master of arts degree program is a studio design-oriented degree of advanced study.

Sustainable Design (An Online Program)

The master of fine arts degree program combines the independence of open studio work with the structure of regular feedback from a faculty mentor, critiques, and seminars.

Visual Studies

Professional Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

These professional programs are built for working professionals—those who want to expand their studies beyond standalone classes but don't have the time to pursue a degree. Courses provide access to MCAD's renowned facilities, coursework, and faculty.

▪ Graphic Design 
▪ Interactive Design and Marketing (An Online Program)


MCAD's three-week Pre-College Summer Session gives high school students the chance to live on campus, build a portfolio, and earn college credits. Students can also take one-week studio-intensive courses.

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) gives Minnesota high school students the opportunity to take MCAD courses for credit while still attending high school.


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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