Welcome to MCAD!

Thank you for choosing a class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. We are confident that your teen will have a richly engaging experience.

The following information will be useful to you and your student as you prepare for the start of your program. Please contact us with any further questions about our classes or policies.

MCAD for Teens

Our teen classes are designed to introduce teenage students to processes, concepts, and materials, while developing their creative expression. Meant for the motivated art student, these classes challenge teens to explore new media and further their skills in their current areas of artistic interest.

First Day of Classes

Drop-Off, Pick-Up, and Parking

For Main Building classes, students should be dropped off at the south side of the Main Building, where short-term lot parking is available, and enter through the south side doors.

For Morrison Building classes, students should be dropped off either at the south side of the Main Building, where short-term lot parking is available, or at the MCAD circle drive at Stevens Avenue and 25th Street, where parking is not available.

Students driving themselves to class can park in the south side parking lot or on the street for free. Please pay attention to street parking restrictions.

Teens must not arrive earlier than ten minutes prior to the beginning of the class and must depart or be picked up immediately upon conclusion of the class. Though MCAD does employ a full-time Public Safety staff, your adherence to this policy helps ensure the safety of all youth.

Art Supplies

Please review the class description for any materials that may be required for the first day. Syllabi or other class information will be presented at the first class meeting.

Snacks and Lunch

Students in classes that overlap the lunch period will have an unsupervised thirty-minute lunch break. All students should bring snacks and/or a lunch, as they are required to remain on campus. The MCAD cafeteria is closed during the summer, but vending machines are available.

Information and Policies

Attendance Policy

Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class. If your teen will be absent for a full or partial class session, please notify us ahead of time at 612.874.3765 or continuing_education@mcad.edu.

Student Conduct

MCAD reserves the right to dismiss a student when his/her actions show disrespect for other people or property. Once a student starts the program week, tuition and fees cannot be refunded for subsequent dismissal, withdrawal, or absence.

Medication/Personal Items

If your teen requires prescription medication (with the exception of an Epi-Pen), please bring it in the original container and give directly to the instructor at check-in. Teens with Epi-Pens for allergies must keep the pen on their person at all times, either in a waist pack or on a lanyard.

Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices, toys, or any item of value, such as jewelry or money. The MCAD Studio Kids Program assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged personal property.

Personal Safety

MCAD employs the service of an independent firm that performs a thorough background check on all the faculty, staff, and assistants we hire. These employees are also required to read and sign our rigorous policies regarding abuse. If a complaint or investigation provides knowledge or reason to believe that child abuse has occurred, MCAD will comply with Minnesota Statute 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors. This statute states: “Any professional who has knowledge of or reasonable cause to believe a child is being…physically or sexually abused shall make an oral report immediately by phone (to the appropriate state agency) to be followed as soon as possible by a report in writing.” Contact the director of continuing education at 612.874.3778 or at continuing_education@mcad.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


Change of schedule? Review our refund policy.

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