What will my student learn at MCAD?

MCAD is among the nation's leading art and design colleges, a category that is distinct from other post-secondary institutions. Like a traditional liberal arts college, MCAD teaches students how to think, how to work with peers, how to become leaders, and how to take their place in society. Like a vocational school, MCAD emphasizes hands-on instruction and practice, not just theoretical learning.

Because MCAD has many academic programs and majors yet is a small school, students get a strong sense of different art and design disciplines. The school also requires students to take liberal arts courses, which make up a third of the curriculum.


Is MCAD a good fit for my student?

MCAD is an appropriate choice for a student who has demonstrated interest and ability in art and design. It is an intense, focused experience that requires students to work hard, but with hard work they will find major success both in college and after graduating.

For the BFA degree program, each student must submit a portfolio that demonstrates their technical, compositional, conceptual, and creative skills. Admissions counselors are available to help students assess their qualification for the program.

The BS degree program is another option that is appropriate for students who are interested in art and design as well as business. This program allows students to gain skills appropriate for project management, marketing, web development, publications, and entrepreneurial endeavors—with a deep understanding of visual elements in each area.


What kinds of jobs can a student get after graduating from MCAD?

You may be surprised at what doors a degree from MCAD can open. Many graduates go on to jobs you would expect—in galleries, graphic design firms, animation studios, etc.—but many also go on to jobs such as leadership positions in major corporations, publishing houses, and even politics.

MCAD students are used to working in teams, meeting deadlines, coming up with creative solutions to problems, and a host of other skills that are useful in so many fields. And in an increasingly visual world, an MCAD education can lead to any number of fun, exciting, and rewarding positions. Take a look at where our alumni are now.


How will MCAD prepare my student for the world of work?

First, by learning the meaning of the word. Quite literally, MCAD students work hard at doing their assignments to meet the requirements of their professors. No one "skates through" at MCAD. Second, internships are required of all MCAD students. These are invaluable experiences in that they teach students how to conduct themselves professionally and to understand what is expected of them while working in a specific field. Third, MCAD faculty members are all working artists, so they know of what they speak. Finally, MCAD offers "professional practice" instruction to help students prepare for life after college.

Add these all up over four years and you get skilled creatives ready not only to enter the workforce, but also to be commanding forces in their chosen fields.


How does MCAD keep its campus safe?

MCAD's campus is patrolled twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by a trained security force hired solely to make sure MCAD students are safe. Students are briefed on crime-prevention techniques, and crime statistics are posted regularly to appraise how safe the school is. While MCAD is in an urban location, its crime rate historically has been very low.


Where do students live and eat?

On-campus apartments are available to all first-year students who choose to live on campus. Nearby private housing is also available. Most students live within walking distance of campus.

There is a college cafeteria as well as an assortment of affordable restaurants on Eat Street/Nicollet Avenue. On-campus apartments include full kitchens and students can take a free shuttle to and from the grocery store.


What off-campus opportunities will my student have at MCAD?

Off-campus study is possible in a number of abroad locations, such as Italy and the Netherlands, as well as elsewhere in the United States.


What financial aid is available?

97% of MCAD students receive financial aid, and the school annually distributes $11 million to help students attend MCAD. Students may fund their education in part or in its entirety through scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study, to name a few options.


How do I stay in-the-know about what is happening on campus?

Sign up for the MCAD Community Newsletter to get regular updates of activity on campus. The online events calendar is another great resource.


How do I learn more about MCAD?

Nothing substitutes for a campus visit! We're proud of our school and we'd love a chance to show it off to you. We also encourage you to sign up for our Community Newsletter and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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