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Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Minneapolis College of Art & Design is a small design and visual arts college that enrolls about 780 students. Undergraduate programs include advertising, design, drawing-painting, photography and sculpture among many others, and lead to either a BFA or BSc.

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The Minneapolis College of Art & Design is a small design and visual arts college that enrolls about 780 students. Undergraduate programs include advertising, design, drawing-painting, photography and sculpture among many others, and lead to either a BFA or BSc.

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Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCAD is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education. Students enjoy 24/7 access to world-class facilities, involvement in the largest college art sale in the country, learning from esteemed faculty who are experts in their fields, on-campus student apartments (no boxy dorms here), and living in one of the country's most creative, thriving metro areas.

Mission Statement

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, pioneering thinkers, creative leaders, and engaged global citizens.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 688
Gender 36% Male / 64% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 97% Full Time / 3% Part Time
Geography 60% In State / 40% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 45% 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 64%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 18%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

39% of students live on-campus.

83% of freshman live on-campus.

Activities

  • Soccer
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Music Ensembles
  • Anime - Japanese Animation Club
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center study skills assistance tutoring writing center reduced course load
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center campus-wide wifi network student web hosting available computer repair service available on campus
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling alcohol/substance abuse counseling placement services for graduates
  • Facilities: art and design galleries, personal on-campus studio space, 3D furniture/sculpture studios, animation studios, drawing studios, film studios, print/paper/book studios, painting studios, photo studios, on-campus professional design studio, extensive on-campus printing services, art and design focused library, computer labs
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cooperative education cross-registration visiting/exchange student program independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Illustration (27%), Graphic Design (14%), Photography (10%), Painting (10%), Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (9%), Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies (8%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations.

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.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
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.

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 prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

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.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
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 program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

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.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
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.

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.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development.

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.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

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.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to perform development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.

Job Opportunities:

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.

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to prepare and execute furniture design projects, assemble and finish furniture articles or subassemblies, repair furniture, and use a variety of hand and power tools.

Job Opportunities:

Furniture Finishers
Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.
Woodworkers, All Other
All woodworkers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the development, use, critical evaluation, and regulation of new electronic communication technologies using computer applications; and that prepares individuals to function as developers and managers of digital communications media. Includes instruction in computer and telecommunications technologies and processes; design and development of digital communications; marketing and distribution; digital communications regulation, law, and policy; the study of human interaction with, and use of, digital media; and emerging trends and issues.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Media and Communication Workers, All Other
All media and communication workers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Jay Coogan
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 58
Student : Faculty Ratio 15 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 56 : 43
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 60
No Status Faculty 39

Admissions

Admissions
Email
  [email protected]

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 59.0% accepted of 497 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite20 - 26
English20 - 27
Math17 - 24
 
SATMath460 - 580
Reading530 - 620
Writing480 - 600

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Talent Ability, Standardized Test Scores, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Application Essay

Important: Recommendations, Interview

Also Considered: Work Experience, Character Personal Qualities, Volunteer Work, Level Of Applicants Interest, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Visual Performing Arts 0 6
History 0 4
English 0 4
Social Studies 0 4

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Deadlines

December

1

Early Action
April

1

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $24,782 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $21,378
$30K-$48K $22,931
$48K-$75K $21,534
$75K-$110K $27,010
$110K+ $29,105

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $32,550, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,550 Same as On-Campus
Fees $200 Same as On-Campus
Housing $6,810 $6,810
Books $2,780 $2,780
Total (before financial aid) $42,340 $42,340

Students Receiving Aid

99% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 97% $6,383
Federal Scholarships/Grants 45% $4,495
Institutional Grants 99% $14,308
Other Federal Grants 2% $1,500
Other Loans 14% $10,834
Pell Grants 45% $4,440
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 23% $3,466
Student Loans 97% $7,985

Financial Aid Websites

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

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.mcad.edu/tuition-calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

47% of students graduated on time.

59% of students graduated in six years.

70% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Colleges (Midwestern)

WalletHub

#94 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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