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 750 students from 29 states and 12 countries. Of these, 50% are enrolled in design, 25% in media arts, and 25% in fine arts; 64% identify as women, 30% identify as men, and 6% identify as nonbinary; and the average student is 21 years old.


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 President Coogan

"Our goal is to prepare students for success in a world where their and the economy’s definition of success is rapidly evolving." Read a letter from President Jay Coogan.


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