Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is located in the rich art-and-design community of the Twin Cities. Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education, MCAD is home to approximately 800 students from 45 states and 15 countries. Offering a transformative education for creative practitioners of all backgrounds, MCAD prepares students to confidently lead and practice in an ever-evolving world. It is where students find their personal and professional purpose as creative, cultural leaders.
The college offers bachelor’s degrees in 14 disciplines including arts entrepreneurship, design, fine arts and media arts, one MFA, three online master’s degrees and continuing education classes for all ages. Through the core curriculum, students focus on their careers and craft by learning technical and professional skills and developing their creative leadership capabilities.
Including Emmy-winning directors, Whitney Biennial artists and Guggenheim fellows, MCAD alumni make an impact. They set new standards across a broad range of creative careers, from independent artist to corporate designer to entrepreneur.
Founded in 1886, MCAD is accredited by regional and national associations and consistently maintains one of the highest four-year graduation rates of all Midwestern visual arts colleges. MCAD has received numerous art and design education awards and accolades from the national press, including U.S. News & World Report, Dwell magazine, and Animation Career Review. The Princeton Review has included MCAD on its annual Best Midwestern Colleges list since 2005.
Religious affiliation: None
Student body profile
MCAD offers 14 undergraduate majors, three online MAs, one on-campus MFA, and continuing education courses for pre-college students and lifelong learners. Which path will you take?
“The most rewarding part of this experience was feeling like I was growing and learning so much in a short time. I valued learning about packaging on a deeper level, finding effective ways to create mood boards, speaking about a brand, and relaying brand ideas to people in other departments.” – Beta DeFlorian ’21, Graphic Design Intern at Target
When studying off campus, MCAD students have the chance to learn from new faculty members and peers while also oftentimes fulfilling your major requirements. Plus, it's affordable. Your tuition stays the exact same as what you pay to attend MCAD, including scholarships and financial aid.
The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Exchange program offers you the chance to study at any AICAD school in the United States, Canada, Israel, China, the United Kingdom and Singapore. As part of this exchange program, MCAD students can spend a semester at one of the art and design colleges affiliated with AICAD.
I really wanted to come to a college that would have a similar sense of community and MCAD was a really great fit for that. I have enjoyed the camaraderie and community in my major and the connections MCAD has fostered.
Cost & financial aid
If you are committed to studying art, design, and entrepreneurship, MCAD is committed to helping your dreams become reality. At MCAD we are dedicated to providing a transformative education affordable to all, educating a diverse student body of creative leaders from all backgrounds to work, collaborate, and lead with confidence in a dynamic, interconnected world. There are a number of financial aid opportunities — including scholarships, grants, assistantships, and work-study to make your dream a reality. MCAD will get you ready to confidently lead and practice in an ever-evolving world.
First-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships
Financial aid application deadline
Early Action, pending release date of new FAFSA; Priority, Feb. 15
Learn more about financial aid at MCAD.
Back-to-School BBQ. Black and White Ball. Thanksgiving Feast. ValleyScare Field Trip. These are just a few of many student events planned throughout the year as a way for you to unwind and make new friends. Free food is also often involved. In addition, MCAD is home to an endless list of student clubs, allowing you to get a break from your regular schedule, meet new people and maybe even learn a few things, too. Oh, and if none of our existing clubs spark your interest, you can always start your own. Learn more.
Types of student organizations
Cultural or ethnic
Fine art offerings
Theater & Dance
Comedy / Improv
Dance Team / Club
Within one year of graduating, 84 percent of MCAD alumni are working, pursuing further education or engaged in military or volunteer service. This is no accident — MCAD’s top-notch curricula gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.
Disciplines with largest number of graduates
1. Visual and performing arts
2. Communications technologies/technicians and support services
3. Business, management, marketing, and related support services
Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool* to explore what MCAD graduates majored in and the types of careers they have and with which companies.
*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Office of Admissions
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