Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD student in a painting studio
MCAD student in a painting studio
MCAD film student
student drawings at MCAD
MCAD photography student
MCAD photography student
MCAD printmaking studio
MCAD student
MCAD student
Student with MCAD professor
MCAD drawing studio
MCAD student workspace
Morrison Building (Admissions office is located here)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design campus
Aerial view of MCAD


Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Office of Admissions
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Request information

phone: 612.874.3760
toll-free: 800.874.6223
fax: 612.874.3701
email admissions


MCAD in spring
Want to get to know us better? Come visit!

Programs and Degrees Offered



The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is a four-year, nonprofit private college committed to educating individuals to become professional artists and designers, effective critical thinkers, and creative leaders. Founded in 1886, MCAD has the highest level of accreditation for a school of its kind. MCAD offers bachelor's and master's degrees and professional certificates in media, communications, design and fine arts. Students learn technical and professional skills, both traditional and cutting-edge, and develop the creative, intellectual, and leadership abilities to get noticed and become successful. The MCAD experience is transformative and impacts graduates throughout their entire lives.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design at a glance


  • Undergraduate: 671
  • Graduate and Professional: 111

Undergraduate student distribution

  • 74% White, 10% Asian, 9% Hispanic, 4% Black, 2% American Indian/Alaska Native, excludes race/ethnicity unknown


  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Number undergraduate majors: 14

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores of 23; 80% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 500 for math, 590 for reading and 550 for writing; 20% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.26
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 53%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 78%


  • 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $35,326
  • Room and board: $7,240
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 97%

Religious affiliation

  • None


Undergraduate degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)

View a list of all majors and degrees or MCAD's detailed undergraduate program information.

5 largest undergraduate majors
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Comic Art
  • Animation

Graduate programs offered

  • Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies
  • Professional certificates in Graphic Design and Sustainable Design

View a list of all programs and degrees or MCAD's detailed graduate program information.


35 full time, 73 part time; 50% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
  • Minnesota Private College Council
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Non-traditional education programs

Individual courses and camps/workshops are available to children, teens, adults and art educators. On-campus lecture series, exhibitions and special events are also open to the public year-round.

Certification programs

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Interactive Design and Marketing 

Intercampus agreements

Sophomores, juniors and seniors may earn some of their liberal arts credits needed for graduation by taking classes at Macalester College.

Study abroad programs

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • England
  • AICAD Mobility Program
  • New York Studio Residency Program

Internships/career services

MCAD students are required to complete at least one (BFA students) or four (BSc students) internship(s) prior to graduation. The internship experience gives students the opportunity to apply theories and skills learned in class to positions at real organizations within their chosen fields.

MCAD Career Services helps students develop meaningful, satisfying and sustainable careers that utilize skills they’ve learned in the classroom. Students receive guidance with resumes and cover letters, networking, job hunting, interviewing and more.

Admission & cost


Online application: www.mcad.edu/apply

Admission requirements:

  • Admissions application and fee
  • Statement of interest
  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • SAT or ACT test scores
  • Letter of recommendation
  • BFA only: Portfolio of visual artwork
  • BSc only: Creative writing essay

Please see http://mcad.edu/admissions/application-requirements/undergraduate for application requirement checklists and more information.

Application deadlines: Fall - Early Action: Dec. 1, Priority: Feb. 15, Regular Decision: April 1; Spring - Early Action: Oct. 1, Priority: Nov. 1, Regular Decision: Dec. 1

Application fee (amount): $50

Advanced placement credit

MCAD may accept transfer credits from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and PSEO/pre-college programs. As a high school student, you may apply to transfer: up to 3 studio arts and 9 liberal arts credits of AP or IB (the total may not exceed 9 credits); up to 6 studio arts and 9 liberal arts credits of PSEO/pre-college credit (the total PSEO/pre-college may not exceed 15 credits). AP, IB and PSEO/pre-college credit combined may not exceed 21 total transfer credits. More information

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

Please see www.mcad.edu/transfer for more information.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Students must submit all final transfer materials, including official transcripts and portfolios for each course by the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester: Last Friday of Jun.
  • Spring semester: Nov. 1

Please see www.mcad.edu/transfer for more information.


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $35,326

Room and board: $7,240

Graduate tuition and fees: Master of Fine Arts: $35,326

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 97%

Financial aid information

At MCAD, we believe that a world-class art and design education is extremely valuable, but it should also be affordable. That’s why 97% of MCAD students receive financial assistance—we award more than $9.5 million in aid every year. And on top of that, MCAD tuition is below the national average for art colleges. 

In addition to MCAD’s own financial aid, we also work hard to help students discover and receive additional grants, scholarships, loans and part-time work to fund their education. 

More information
Net Tuition Calculator

Student involvement

Student organizations

  • Animation Club
  • Anime Club
  • Bad Dice
  • Collab Club
  • Cosplay Club
  • Cycling Club
  • Dance Club
  • Design Club
  • F & V Collective
  • Flow
  • Horror Club
  • K-POP Club
  • Lego Club
  • Magic Club
  • MCAD Improv
  • Musical Club
  • Night Vale Community Radio Club
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Prayer Group
  • Punk Rock / Riot Grrrl! Club
  • Queer Club
  • Quiz Bowl Club
  • Recess Club
  • Run Team
  • Short Story Club
  • Soccer Club
  • South Asian Club
  • The People's Library
  • Tiny Food Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Video Game Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Winter Club
  • Zombie Appreciation Club
  • All School Scavenger Hunt
  • Annual Black & White Artists Ball and CMYK Ball
  • Back-to-School BBQ and Club Fair
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Housing Events (open to all students): Midnight Movie Screenings
  • Snow Tubing
  • Pumpkin Carving & Costume Contest
  • Annual Art Sale: A huge sale of artwork in a variety of media by current MCAD students and recent alumni
  • Monthly Wellness Events and Topical Booths
  • Spa Day: Massage therapists, $5 Moxie Salon hair cuts, hot herbal teas, & mood music (once per semester)
  • Spring Community Dinner
  • Student Leadership Dinner
  • Summer-Send-Off BBQ with bands and lawn games
  • Taco Truck and Finals Snack Cart
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Too Cool 4 School: Tickets and transportation to cultural events in the Twin Cities
  • Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities 
  • Welcome Back Wieners and Club Fair
  • Yoga

Athletic programs


  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Social media