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. Please note that some MCAD for Teens classes have been moved to a remote format and some of the information below will not apply.

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.

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.

Because building access may be restricted during summer 2021, these procedures may change. Up to date arrival and check-in procedures will be shared with families shortly before the first day of their class.

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. Any provided supplies will be separated into kits for each student. Students will not be sharing supplies.

Information and Policies

Covid Policies and Procedures

For detailed information on MCAD’s approach to Covid-19 health and safety practices, please review the MCAD Covid-19 Preparedness Plan

Summer Youth Program Protocols and Policies

  • Classes will be limited to 8 students, as well as one instructor and one teaching assistant. This is based on a physical distancing analysis of all spaces and capacities on campus.
  • At-home monitoring for symptoms of illness by students and staff will be required.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face masks.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be available in every space, as well as at the entrances and exits to the buildings.
  • All activities have been modified to reduce contact between individuals.
  • The sharing of supplies will be limited and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Students who decline to follow these protocols may be asked to leave the program and will not receive a refund.
  • The most current health and safety guidelines will be adhered to. Changes to the program may be made at any time.

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 by completing our absence reporting form. This form will be emailed to families shortly before the first day of class.

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 if you have any questions or concerns.


Change of schedule? Review our refund policy.


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