- Listing Type: Colleges & Universities
- Top Majors: Art and Design, Business and Entrepreneurship, Communications
- Degrees Awarded: 4 Year
- Type: Private
- Campus Setting: Urban
- Testing Requirements: ACT, SAT, Test Optional
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Loans, Other, Payment Terms, Work Study
- Gender: Coed
- Country: United States
- In State Tuition: $41,344
- Out of State Tuition: $41,344
- Religious Affiliation: None
- Call: (612) 874-3760
Recognized nationally and internationally for an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to visual arts education since 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) offers pre-college programs, bachelor’s and master's degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages.
Home to more than 800 students, MCAD's campus is located just south of downtown Minneapolis and comprises eight buildings and three acres of lawn and gardens. College facilities contain the latest in technology with multiple studios and labs open 24/7.
The MCAD community emboldens creative leaders to collaboratively transform society through equity, empathy, and imagination by providing a transformative education for students of all backgrounds.
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. Students focus on their careers early while learning technical and professional skills. Students may choose to major in:
- Comic Art
- Drawing and Painting
- Entrepreneurial Studies
- Fine Arts Studio
- Furniture Design
- Graphic Design
- Print Paper Book
- Product Design
- Web and Multimedia Environments
MCAD alumni are setting new standards across the broadest range of creative careers and include Oscar-winning animators, 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.
Founded in 1886, MCAD was one of the first colleges to offer the BFA degree. The college has earned the highest accreditation possible and has the highest four-year graduation rate of all Midwestern visual arts colleges. The Princeton Review has included MCAD on its annual Best Midwestern Colleges list since 2005—a rarity for a visual arts college.
I knew that at MCAD any idea or project wouldn't be out of reach. With the community and facilities, I knew that anything would be possible and it would allow me to explore and experiment while being supported and pushed along the way.- Zachary Wegscheid, Product Design - April 30, 2021
The bonds that I made during my time at MCAD have really improved the success of my artistic practice after graduating.- Candice Davis, Web and Multimedia Environments - February 22, 2020
There are so many incredible professors and people at MCAD, many of whom had a profound influence on both my character and my practice.- Michael Aberman, Graphic Design - December 5, 2019
One of the most fruitful qualities MCAD offers is the small size of the institution. Professors, staff, administration, and other students all are so much more proximate on campus, which makes collaboration and the exchange of ideas more fluid and direct.- Jonathan Herrera Soto, Print Paper Book - October 11, 2019
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 - February 4, 2016