Overview

Since 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has been an innovator in art and design education. MCAD offers superb academic programs for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional certificates in a variety of areas, including media, design, fine arts, and entrepreneurship.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design has been on the cutting edge since 1886 and is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education. A small, four-year private college with the highest level of accreditation for a school of its kind, MCAD offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional certificates in a variety of areas, including media, design, fine arts, and entrepreneurship. MCAD faculty members are working artists and designers who are respected in their fields, and our students are some of the most talented young artists and designers in the country.

MCAD provides students with the instruction they need to focus on their careers early, learn technical and professional skills, and develop their creative, intellectual, and leadership capabilities. The MCAD community is a close, supportive resource for students, and our four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all art and design colleges. To learn more, visit mcad.edu/about-us.

MCAD students are carefully selected for their creative talents and intellectual abilities, and they are some of the most talented young artists and designers in the country. Through the four-year core curriculum, students focus on their careers early, while learning technical and professional skills and developing their creative, intellectual, and leadership capabilities. MCAD students may choose to study media, fine arts or design in the following areas: Advertising, Animation, Comic Art, Drawing and Painting, Entrepreneurship, Filmmaking, Fine Arts Studio, Graphic Design, Furniture Design, Illustration, Photography, Print Paper Book, Sculpture, and Web and Multimedia Environments.

MCAD alumni are setting new standards across the broadest range of creative careers and include Emmy-winning directors, Whitney Biennial artists, and Guggenheim Fellows,. They're starting companies, pioneering new industries, and fueling the economy throughout Minnesota, across the country, and around the world.

World-class art and design education begins with world-class educators. Working artists and designers who are respected in their fields, MCAD’s faculty members are renowned for their ingenuity, expertise, and commitment as instructors. Each year, they inspire new generations of creative thinkers to make the successful transition from students into professional artists and designers.

The MCAD community is a close and supportive environment that transforms the world through creativity and purpose.

MCAD: Where creativity meets purpose.

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I saw the website, I saw the pictures, and I thought, ‘I want to go there.’ I never looked back and have been enjoying it since the very start.

- Maria Albornoz, Web and Multimedia - Jan. 9, 2015

I really like the instructors here. Our faculty members are working in the field and they know what's going on in it.

- Nich Thomas, Photography - July 22, 2015

MCAD has some of the hardest working students in the world. I swear to you. People at MCAD work so hard, and that pays off so much, because nothing in the real world is going to be harder than what we do here.

- Norah Stone, Graphic Design - June 14, 2014

You’re given so much information and you’re taught to judge, critique, and question everything. So when you go to make your work, you apply that knowledge to yourself. In that way, MCAD really challenges you to be the best version of yourself.

- Allison Wightman, Print Paper Book - March 1, 2015

MCAD is a gallery, constantly in flux. As you walk around the school you're exposed to different things that you would never have previously seen. If you don't have time to seek out art, you still find influence in the halls here.

- Brennan Gasser, Furniture Design - Aug. 20, 2014

There's no weird at MCAD. Even if you were the super weird one back in high school, you'll find someone here who was also the weird one in high school.

- Jaafar Alnabi, Filmmaking - Feb. 4, 2016

I really like all the parks here. I bike a lot during my free time, and I'm always swimming in the lakes because they're so accessible. I'm taken with the scenery and nature here in Minneapolis.

- Jesse Nagamatsu, Sculpture - April 26, 2015

Participant Reviews

Write a Review

This program hasn't been reviewed yet. Write the first review!

Testimonials

I saw the website, I saw the pictures, and I thought, ‘I want to go there.’ I never looked back and have been enjoying it since the very start.

- Maria Albornoz, Web and Multimedia - Jan. 9, 2015

I really like the instructors here. Our faculty members are working in the field and they know what's going on in it.

- Nich Thomas, Photography - July 22, 2015

MCAD has some of the hardest working students in the world. I swear to you. People at MCAD work so hard, and that pays off so much, because nothing in the real world is going to be harder than what we do here.

- Norah Stone, Graphic Design - June 14, 2014

You’re given so much information and you’re taught to judge, critique, and question everything. So when you go to make your work, you apply that knowledge to yourself. In that way, MCAD really challenges you to be the best version of yourself.

- Allison Wightman, Print Paper Book - March 1, 2015

MCAD is a gallery, constantly in flux. As you walk around the school you're exposed to different things that you would never have previously seen. If you don't have time to seek out art, you still find influence in the halls here.

- Brennan Gasser, Furniture Design - Aug. 20, 2014

There's no weird at MCAD. Even if you were the super weird one back in high school, you'll find someone here who was also the weird one in high school.

- Jaafar Alnabi, Filmmaking - Feb. 4, 2016

I really like all the parks here. I bike a lot during my free time, and I'm always swimming in the lakes because they're so accessible. I'm taken with the scenery and nature here in Minneapolis.

- Jesse Nagamatsu, Sculpture - April 26, 2015

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