Student Services

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Academic Advising

All students are assigned an advisor to assist them in choosing classes appropriate for their degree programs and personal goals. When special issues or problems arise, the academic advising staff in the MCAD Student Affairs Office can help students stay on track.

Career Services

The MCAD Career Services Office helps students to develop meaningful, satisfying, and sustainable careers using the skills learned in the classroom.

Job and Opportunity Listings

Students work hard in the classroom pursuing the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, but they don't need to wait until graduation to apply them.

Volunteer and freelance opportunities, competitions, internships, and employment positions are posted at the MCAD Career Services Office website. Email updates are sent to MCAD students once a week, and the site can be used for researching employers, connecting with alumni, and self-promotion.

Career Counseling

The MCAD Career Services Office works one-on-one with students to develop the professional skills and strategies necessary to establish successful careers. We provide services to help students with:

  • Exploring career options
  • Job-hunting strategies
  • Interviewing skills
  • Networking skills
  • Learning about industry-specific practices
  • Preparing professional materials:
    • Résumés
    • Cover letters
    • Reels
    • Grant proposals

And while many students find traditional employment after MCAD, many decide to freelance their skills or market their work independently. We help these students learn the practices necessary to pursuing an independent career:

  • Business-plan development
  • Marketing strategies
  • Financial management
  • Consumer identification

Individual career-counseling meetings are encouraged. To make an appointment, contact us at 612.874.3796 or

Counseling Services

Students can take advantage of MCAD's professional, confidential counseling service, offered free of charge to current students. MCAD's resource of choice for any psychological issue, the service is provided by a licensed psychologist and is available four days a week when classes are in session.

Learning Center

The Learning Center is an interdisciplinary academic support center and enrichment resource for all students. Peer tutors offer assistance with every level and style of writing, software and digital skills, and professional development.

In addition to offering individualized tutorial assistance and instructional handouts, the center provides a wealth of services for English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Learning Disability Accommodation

Any student with a registered learning disability can meet with the director of the Learning Center to request accommodations for courses. Depending on need, students may be eligible to receive the following services: recorded texts, notetaker, extended test time, distraction-free testing, etc.

International Student Advising

All international students can more easily assimilate to college and American culture with the help International Student Advising. A program coordinator handles all immigration requirements and serves as liaison between students and the United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as MCAD offices.

Peer Mentor Program

This program provides first-year MCAD students with a mentor and a small cohort of fellow first-year students to aid in the transition to college and give support in the areas of time management, study skills, technology, financial literacy, and more.

Public Safety

The Public Safety Office is responsible for the overall safety and security of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus. Public Safety works toward its purpose of protecting life and property, preventing crime, and providing service to all members of the community.