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Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD's mission, vision, and values guide the college's daily decision-making and inform the relationships between staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the Twin Cities community.

Distance Learning Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)



Since 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design—a private, nonprofit four-year and postgraduate college—has been the preeminent art and design educator in the region.

Student Life

Campus life

MCAD offers private and shared apartments—not crowded dorms—that contain full kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and storage space. Living on campus puts you right in the center of our college community, where you’ll have easy access to student events and campus facilities, most of which are open 24/7.

Sports facilities

Keep yourself in tip-top shape with exercise, relaxation, and all-around good mental health. Creating balance in your busy college life will serve you well, which is why you have access to the following benefits.

Student clubs

Recess Club anyone? Or #ThrowbackThursday Club? Or how about Meditation Homework Club? MCAD is home to an endless list of student clubs, allowing you to get a break from your regular schedule, meet new people, and maybe even learn a few things, too. Oh, and if none of our existing clubs spark your interest, you can always start your own.


MCAD is accredited by associations that review higher education institutions to ensure they meet critical standards:

  • The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities with 248 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools reviews the colleges and universities of a nineteen-state region. It is one of six accrediting organizations in the country.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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