Minneapolis College of Art and Design
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: 703
- Graduate and Professional: 100
Undergraduate student distribution
- 73% White, 9% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 5% Black, 4% multiracial, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
- 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 21 to 27; 80% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 450-550 for math, 480-650 for reading and 450-560 for writing; 23% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.3
- Percentage from Minnesota: 41%
- Percentage who live on campus: 84%
- 2017-18 undergraduate tuition and fees: $37,812
- Room and board: $7,550
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 97%
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Undergraduate degrees offered
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
5 largest undergraduate majors
- Graphic Design
- Comic Art
- Drawing and Painting
Average class size
Graduate programs offered
- Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies
- Master of Arts in Sustainable Design
- Professional certificates in Graphic Design and Sustainable Design
37 full time, 91 part time; 65% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field
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.
- Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design
- Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Interactive Design and Marketing
Sophomores, juniors and seniors may earn some of their liberal arts credits needed for graduation by taking classes at Macalester College.
Study abroad programs
- AICAD Mobility Program
- New York Studio Residency Program
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.
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
Online application: mcad.edu/admissions-and-aid/apply
- 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: Apr. 1; Spring - Early Action: Oct. 1, Priority: Nov. 1, Regular Decision: Dec. 1
Application fee (amount): $50
Earning college credit in high school:
View a summary table of what is recognized and accepted as well as how many of those credits can be applied toward your degree.
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 June
- Spring semester: Nov. 1
Please see www.mcad.edu/transfer for more information.
2017-18 undergraduate tuition and fees: $37,812
Room and board: $7,550
Net price calculator: mcad.edu/admissions/net-price-calculator
Graduate tuition and fees:
- Master of Arts: $13,306
- Master of Fine Arts: $36,548
Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 97%
Financial aid application deadline: Priority deadline is Mar. 1
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
- Anime Club
- Cosplay Club
- Cycling Club
- Dance Club
- Horror Club
- K-POP Club
- Lego Club
- Magic Club
- MCAD Improv
- Prayer Group
- Punk Rock / Riot Grrrl! Club
- Queer Club
- Quiz Bowl Club
- Recess Club
- Short Story Club
- Soccer Club
- The People's Library
- Tiny Food Club
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Video Game Club
- Winter Club
- Zombie Appreciation Club