Post-baccalaureate students must hold an undergraduate degree before enrolling. International students are unable to apply for the graphic design certificate program as it is only offered part-time.

Application Form

To begin the application process, you must first complete the online application form. The application is easy to fill out, plus you can save it as you go so it doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. The form requires a credit card number for the application fee of $50.

Official College Transcripts

Send via mail AND Slideroom

Submit official transcripts from any colleges or universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be sent via mail directly from the issuing institution, as well as uploaded by you to Slideroom. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts.

Letter of Recommendation

Send via mail or Slideroom

One letter of recommendation is required from an art instructor, guidance counselor, advisor, or employer in support of your application.

Personal Statement

Send via Slideroom

  • In 300 words, describe your graphic design experience.
  • In 300 words, what is your interest in this program?
  • In 300 words, what goals will you pursue?


Send via Slideroom

Submit a current copy of your résumé that highlights your past and present professional and volunteer work experience, appointments, awards, grants, scholarships, accolades, etc., as relevant, in four pages or less.


Send via Slideroom (do not mail)

Submit fifteen to twenty pieces demonstrating your strongest work.

Slideroom allows you to include titles, dates, media, dimensions, and notes. Both still images and time-based works may be uploaded. Images may be viewed and rearranged until the application process is complete. Detailed instructions are found on the site. There is no charge to submit portfolios online. For technical support, email

MCAD's Mailing Address

Please use the following address when mailing admissions materials to MCAD.

MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404