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Memphis College of Art

"If you want a nationally recognized art school in a hip and happening, "down home" fair weather town, Memphis College of Art is a solid bet. MCA is the South's only art college to offer Master's degrees, and the curriculum "embraces the liberal arts as well as the professional artist's tradition."

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"If you want a nationally recognized art school in a hip and happening, "down home" fair weather town, Memphis College of Art is a solid bet. MCA is the South's only art college to offer Master's degrees, and the curriculum "embraces the liberal arts as well as the professional artist's tradition."

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Memphis College of Art is a professional center of art and design education, dedicated to preparing individuals for lives of creating, problem solving, and critical thinking.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 368
Gender 34% Male / 66% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 89% Full Time / 11% Part Time
Geography 40% In State / 60% Out of State / 1% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 50% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
Multi-racial 5%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 22%
Asian 2%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $300.00. Housing deposit is partially refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

44% of students live on-campus.

67% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

Student Publications: Black & White

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Newspaper

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load study skills assistance tutoring remedial instruction learning center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, dorms dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs veteran's counselor
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major visiting/exchange student program independent study internships teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fine/Studio Arts (45%), Design and Visual Communications (36%), Photography (9%), Digital Arts (8%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the use of computerized digital images as the primary medium of expression in the visual and performing arts, and that may prepare individuals for a wide variety of careers using new media, including graphic design, digital animation, motion graphics, 3D visualization, game and interactive media design, music and sound design, video production, web design, photography, and other fields.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Administration & Faculty

President Dr. Ron Jones
Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Full-time Faculty 22
Student : Faculty Ratio 12 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 36 : 63
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 39.8% accepted of 983 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 25
English19 - 26
Math16 - 23
 
SATMath410 - 530
Reading500 - 620

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Talent Ability, Academic GPA

Important: Interview, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Work Experience, Application Essay, Extracurricular Activities, Level Of Applicants Interest, Recommendations, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Visual Performing Arts 0 1

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $21,260 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $15,491
$30K-$48K $21,841
$48K-$75K $22,134
$75K-$110K $23,493
$110K+ $23,315

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $26,850, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $26,850 Same as On-Campus
Fees $650 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,500 $8,500
Books $1,650 $1,650
Total (before financial aid) $37,650 $37,650

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 69% $6,624
Federal Scholarships/Grants 50% $4,474
Institutional Grants 99% $12,789
Other Federal Grants 34% $686
Other Loans 4% $13,125
Pell Grants 50% $4,010
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 35% $4,750
Student Loans 74% $7,014

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.mca.edu.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.mca.edu/admissions/financial-aid/net-price-calculator/.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

29% of students graduated on time.

47% of students graduated in six years.

69% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

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