Cultivating creative minds has been MCAD's mission for the past 130 years. We have educated individuals to become professional artists and designers, pioneering thinkers, creative leaders, and engaged global citizens prepared to transform the world through creativity and purpose.

We’re excited to be concluding the first comprehensive fundraising effort in MCAD’s history—the NEXT/NOW campaign—and we want to give you an opportunity to support this important effort.

The NEXT/NOW campaign ensures excellence and affordability for the next generation of creators. Thanks to the generosity of donors, MCAD has already raised more than $22 million to fund scholarships, academic facilities, and programs. This overwhelming support demonstrates the interest and value the community places in MCAD. And that’s why I’m encouraging you, a valued member of the MCAD community, to support MCAD at this critical juncture in our history.


Why is my support important?

The NEXT/NOW campaign paves the way for MCAD’s success now and into the future. These important initiatives create the foundation of this campaign:

Scholarships. Ensuring access to MCAD is critical. Given the college’s commitment to placing students first, scholarship aid has been and will continue to be, a top priority. Notably, nearly four in ten MCAD students come from low-income families.

Facilities. The quality of MCAD’s facilities set the college apart from its peers. Campaign contributions have already funded important facility upgrades, such as the new media wing of the college (M/LAB), one of the best media production facilities in the Midwest. This spring, MCAD will break ground on E/STUDIO, a dedicated space for entrepreneurial studies, animation, and fine arts programs.

Programs. The campaign supports academic programs that empower students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in today’s creative economy. For example, our revamped entrepreneurial studies program helps not only aspiring entrepreneurs but also students who want to develop management, leadership, and team-building skills.

Invest in tomorrow’s creative leaders today!

Won’t you please consider making a tax-deductible gift to MCAD so that today’s students continue to have scholarships, state-of-the-art facilities, and top-rate programs to build their professional skills? Your gift will ensure that MCAD students can pursue their creative visions and professional ambitions.

By making a campaign gift in support of MCAD students, you affirm your support of putting students first. You affirm the value of MCAD to our community and beyond.

Thank you for being a supporter of art, design, education, and creativity!