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of students receive some form of institutional or Federal financial assistance
Develop a deep understanding of creativity as a cultural and social force and place art and design in a cross-cultural, global framework.
Become an invaluable change agent who can leverage the power of design to meet the evolving needs of businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Digital Art and Design
Create cutting-edge experiences with animation, video, 3D art, interaction design, visual development, and sound design delivered through web, VR, and AR as well as digital and physical games.
Sharpen your critical thinking and creative problem solving skills and develop a heightened awareness of the union of technical, formal, and conceptual components
Pursue a career in the fashion industry through immersive experiences that cultivate critical thinking and design skills while broadening your understanding of fashion retailing, sustainability, and presentation.
Join an integrative learning environment where traditional design fundamentals evolve into powerful tools for communication, problem-solving, and creative strategizing.
Become an aesthetically grounded and professionally versatile illustrator who is proficient in both traditional and emerging media.
Be empowered to use design thinking and creative problem solving to explore the function, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, and user experience of interior environments.
Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration
Get started on a unique pathway toward a high-demand career with the potential to change lives, improve health, and enhance medical education and health care.
Immerse yourself in the medium’s rich history and vast expressive possibilities to move beyond mastery of basic techniques and traditional genres into a style and voice that is uniquely yours.
Blend fine art and commerical approaches to pursue expressive possibilities through a thoughtful balance of concept and technique, and emerge positioned to succeed in a wide variety of photography careers.
Create objects that respond to human need, challenge convention, and elevate the lived experience.
Sculpture and Functional Art
Work with metal, wood, clay, plastic, and mixed and multi-media forms to investigate and express original ideas, becoming a versatile maker who discovers new ways of shaping space and engaging senses.
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Discover where your creativity can take you.
Master of Architecture
Our unique curriculum blends studio and immersion, research, and praxis to engage you in a deep exploration of the discipline that considers innovation, sustainability, and context as equally as aesthetics.
Master of Arts in Design
Broaden your understanding of design's impact on culture and community through collaborative experiences and research-driven coursework.
Master of Fine Arts Painting
The MFA Painting program fosters emergent research, innovation, civic awareness, and intellectual growth to encourage the pursuit of individual or collaborative creative goals and outcomes.
Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate
For business and creative professionals who want to get an edge in the marketplace.
Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies
Advance your research, your practice, and your career and help meet the growing need for critical analysis and cultural synthesis in today's highly visual world.
Learn More About Our Graduate Programs
Take your creativity to the next level.
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KCAD Announces President’s List and Dean’s List for Spring 2022 Semester
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Monday, Aug 29
Sweet Treats Cart - Welcome Week
Enjoy a sweet treat on the first day of fall classes! Ice cream treats and a vegan choice will be available.
Tuesday, Aug 30
Decorate Lunch Sacks for Kids' Food Basket - Welcome Week
Stop by to doodle and decorate lunch bags that we'll donate to Kids' Food Basket, and enjoy free snacks! Kids' Food Basket prepares and donates meals for kids in need. Learn more at the Kids' Food...
Wednesday, Aug 31
Free Lunch - Welcome Week
Grab a free boxed lunch of Condado Tacos on your way to or from class!A variety of taco lunch choices will be available- chicken, beef, vegetarian and vegan.
Thursday, Sep 1
Rad Women Walking Tour - Welcome Week
This tour around downtown Grand Rapids features portraits of influential women painted on electrical boxes located throughout the city.Meet in the Atrium of the 17 Fountain St. building by 11:30am...
Tuesday, Sep 6
Spirit Week: KCAD Proud Day (wear your KCAD gear)
Wear your KCAD gear today!
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