Minneapolis MCAD Skyilne Watercolor Mike Perry

Illustration by Mike Perry ’03


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design provides a transformative education for creative students of all backgrounds to work, collaborate, and lead with confidence.


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design emboldens creative leaders to collaboratively transform society through equity, empathy, and imagination. 

MCAD students become:

  • Accomplished makers and scholars
  • Equity-minded problem solvers 
  • Critical, conceptual thinkers
  • Inclusive, collaborative partners
  • Empathic listeners
  • Creative storytellers
  • Engaged citizens within a global context


  • Transformational Ideas and Actions that emerge from the intersection of creativity, culture, and equity.
  • Collaborative Community that supports both independent achievements and collective successes.
  • Empathetic Leadership that integrates humility, inclusivity, curiosity, and foresight to fuel change. 
  • Multifaceted and Complex Identities that embody diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. 
  • Experiential Learning that embraces generative processes, critical discourse, and an iterative methodology to achieve academic, institutional, and individual excellence.