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 in fine arts, design, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. 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.

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Student body profile

MCAD has a really strong community of people, from staff and faculty to both full-time and non-traditional students, to alumni and people from the greater Twin Cities area. That’s what brought me here and what is keeping me here after I graduate.

Jamie Kubat '20

Cost & financial aid

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 $11 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.

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Tuition and fees 

First-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships

Financial aid application deadline
Priority deadline is Oct. 1

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Learn more about financial aid at MCAD.

Student activities

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.

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Academic clubs
Cultural or ethnic
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Fine art offerings

Theater & Dance
Comedy / Improv
Dance Team / Club
Theater club

After graduation
  • Within one year of graduating, 91% 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
  • Alumni majors
    Read alumni profiles or 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

Contact information

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Office of Admissions
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN55404
United States

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