The Minneapolis College Of Art And Design (MCAD)

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design was founded in 1886, the year Diego Rivera was born, Emily Dickinson died and the Statue of Liberty was unveiled. Using a rented apartment in downtown Minneapolis as a campus, a single teacher taught four classes in drawing and painting. The inaugural class contained 28 students--26 of them women. Tuition for each course varied from $2 to $12 a month.

In those early days the College was called the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, and was brainchild of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, founded three years earlier. "The aim in founding the school," the Society directors wrote, "is to offer here at home the same kind and grade of facilities offered in the best American arts schools (for) the training of persons devoting themselves to art as a profession, to diffusing the principles of art, and to the cultivation of the public tastes."

In December 1889, the School found a more permanent home on the top floor of the just-finished Minneapolis Public Library. By the turn of the century, the School had two instructors and had instituted a summer term, in addition to... [ Read All ]


United States

2501 Stevens Ave.
MN 55404
Phone: (612) 874-3700
Fax: (612) 874-3704

College Photos (10)

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Our Aims

MCAD educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, effective leaders, and active citizens and, through this work and other activities, advances the cultural life of its community.  

Sample Student Art Work (10)

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Location and Getting there

MCAD is located at 2501 Stevens Avenue, just south of downtown Minneapolis, next to The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Children's Theatre Company. A free parking ramp is on Third Avenue on the east side of MCAD's campus. The Admissions Office is located on campus in the Morrison Building.  

Academic Staff and Description

Our faculty are more than teachers - they're also working professionals. When they're not leading studio critiques and classroom discussions, they’re making a name for themselves in some of the top art and design venues in the world.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

You have the talent, drive and the creativity to be a successful artist or designer. Now you want to take the next step to improve your skills and broaden your prospects.

MCAD offers three degree programs - and a wide range of majors and specializations - to help you achieve your goals. And because we're a small school that encourages students to cross disciplines, there's a lot of interaction among the students pursuing each of the degrees. Which makes you an even stronger artist or designer, no matter what path you pick.  

Information For  International Students  


Student Facilities

MCAD's world-class facilities are a place to create and explore: 200,000 square feet of classroom, studio, exhibition, lab and support space. Our 3D Shop, Media Center, Printmaking Studio and Library rank among the best in the country. And here's the best part: Students get around-the-clock access. Anytime, day or night, seven days a week.  

Student Support

MCAD provides assistance to students in several ways.  


MCAD provides apartment-style housing for more than 275 students in co-educational buildings located just 100 yards from the College's Main Building.  

How To Apply

To begin the application process as a freshman, transfer or graduate student, you must first complete an application form. The application is included in the catalog, or online. You can also download a PDF of the undergraduate application or MFA application.  

Visit us (open days)

There's no substitute for an in-person visit to get to know a school. We'd be happy to show you around, either on your own or as part of an event or group visit.  

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