Website: http://mcad.edu/

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Year Founded: 1886

Student Body: 650 undergraduates

Average Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

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. Today they are a strong national leader in fine arts, design, entrepreneurial studies, and more. Through degree programs, certificate programs, continuing education courses, exhibitions, and a number of other community programs and events, MCAD transforms the world through creativity and purpose.


  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
  • Minnesota Private College Council


Minneapolis and St. Paul are vibrant hubs of creativity—in fact, these cities are the nation's sixth most creative metropolitan area. Whether you crave visual arts or theater, music or sports, the Twin Cities have it all. And MCAD is in the heart of them.

MCAD’s three-acre campus, which shares a block with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, comprises classrooms, professional facilities, galleries, student housing complexes, artist studios, and a sculpture garden.


Animation | Comic Art | Drawing and Painting | Filmmaking | Fine Arts Studio | Furniture Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Photography | Print Paper Book | Sculpture | Web and Multimedia

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  • Erik Brandt is a graphic designer and educator who has been active since 1994. He is currently serving as both a professor and chair of MCAD's Design Department. Brandt is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and serves on the AIGA National Education Steering Committee. Educated internationally, his creative and research interests focus on issues of globalization that affect and drive the complexities of intercultural visual communication systems.
  • Howard Quednau has exhibited nationally and internationally. Trained as a printmaker, he hassince exhibited mostly paintings, and in recent years, 3D dioramas. His work is included in various collections, including the Kemper corporation, Chicago; Del Mar College, Texas; and Concordia University, Minnesota. Recent exhibitions include the 2014 Minnesota Museum of American Art Biennial and shows at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, and Metro State University in St. Paul. He was a 2013 McKnight Fellowship finalist and is currently the chair of MCAD's Fine Arts Department.
  • Stevie Rexroth is a practicing visual artist whose work deals with the role of representation and subject within contemporary photographic practice. She earned her BA in literary studies with an emphasis in feminist criticism. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. Additionally, it has been accessioned to the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center. She is a professor as well as the chair of MCAD's media arts department.


  • Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor, printmaker, and arts educator best known for sculptural constructions that also serve a practical function. A pioneer in the public art movement, Akagawa has throughout his career examined the relationship between art and community, most notably the concept of art as a process of inquiry. 
  • John Howard Sanden is an American portrait artist. For thirty-three years, he had studios on the eleventh and then tenth floors of the South Studio Tower of Carnegie Hall, New York City and Ridgefield, Connecticut. On May 31, 2012, his official White House portraits of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were unveiled Mary GrandPré is an American illustrator best known for her cover and chapter illustrations of the Harry Potter books in their U.S. editions published by Scholastic. She received a Caldecott Honor citation in 2015 for illustrating Barb Rosenstock's The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art. GrandPré, who creates her artwork with paint and pastels, has illustrated more than twenty books and has appeared in gallery exhibitions and periodicals such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and The Wall Street Journal.