Since 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design—a private, nonprofit four-year and postgraduate college—has been the preeminent art and design educator in the region.

Today MCAD is a strong national leader in fine arts, design, entrepreneurship, and sustainability education. Through degree programs, continuing education courses, exhibitions, and a number of other community programs and events, MCAD transforms the world through creativity and purpose.


Mission, Vision, and Values

MCAD's mission, vision, and values guide the college's daily decision-making and inform the relationships between staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the Twin Cities community.

Student Population

MCAD's student body includes more than 800 students from 45 states and 15 countries. Of these, 50% are enrolled in Design, 38% in Media Arts, 10% in Fine Arts, and the remaining 2% in MCAD's new Arts Entrepreneurship Department. 64% identify as women, 30% as men, and 6% as nonbinary; and 21 is the average student age. 42% are receiving the Pell Grant and 16% of undergraduate students are first-generation (as self-reported on the FAFSA).


MCAD's three-acre campus, which shares a block with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, comprises classrooms, professional facilities, galleries, student housing complexes, artist studios, and a sculpture garden. The modernist Main Building is one of the only buildings in the United States designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Kenzo Tange, and the historical Julia Morrison Memorial Building is more than a century old.

Letter from Interim President Wirth

“For the past fifteen years here, I have worked alongside hundreds of people—staff, faculty, students, and board members, who share a deep commitment to the college. Together we do the questioning, prototyping, and problem-solving that keeps us moving forward and envisioning the future for MCAD students.” Read a letter from Interim President Karen Wirth.


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