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Design & Applied Arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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Design & Applied Arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design

What traits are you looking for in a design school? To help you decide if Minneapolis College of Art and Design is right for you, we've gathered the following information about the school's design program.

MCAD is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a total student population of 796. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 students received a bachelor's degree in design from MCAD.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Design & Applied Arts section at the bottom of this page.

MCAD Design & Applied Arts Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design
  • Master’s Degree in Design

Online Classes Are Available at MCAD

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

MCAD does offer online education options in design for the following degree levels for those interested in distance learning:

  • Master’s Degree

MCAD Design & Applied Arts Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the design progam at MCAD compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The design major at MCAD is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Design & Applied Arts. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Graduate Certificate Schools 1
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Graduate Certificate Schools 4
Best Design & Applied Arts Graduate Certificate Schools 8
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Graduate Certificate Schools 10
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 17
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 29
Most Focused Design & Applied Arts Schools 41
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 58
Best Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 66
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 69
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Master’s Degree Schools 82
Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Schools 86
Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 168
Best Design & Applied Arts Schools 199
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools 255
Best Value Design & Applied Arts Schools 326

In 2019, 7 students received their master’s degree in design from MCAD. This makes it the #58 most popular school for design master’s degree candidates in the country.

Earnings of MCAD Design Graduates

The median salary of design students who receive their bachelor's degree at MCAD is $22,800. This is less than $30,900, which is the national average of all design majors in the nation who earn bachelor's degrees.

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Design Student Demographics at MCAD

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the design majors at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

MCAD Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Program

80% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 students graduated with a bachelor's degree in design from MCAD. About 20% were men and 80% were women.

MCAD Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Bachelor's Degree Grads

About 71% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in design at MCAD are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a bachelor's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 5
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 47
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

MCAD Design & Applied Arts Master’s Program

71% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 7 design students who graduated with a master's degree in 2018-2019 from MCAD, about 29% were men and 71% were women.

MCAD Gender Breakdown of Design & Applied Arts Master's Degree Grads

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a master's in design.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design & Applied Arts Majors at Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 2
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

MCAD also has a doctoral program available in design. In 2019, 0 student graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Design Grads May Go Into

A degree in design can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for MN, the home state for Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Occupation Jobs in MN Average Salary in MN
Graphic Designers 6,190 $53,500
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 2,030 $78,950
Interior Designers 1,550 $61,220
Art Directors 960 $95,300
Photographers 770 $54,150

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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