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Art History

Art History

Investigate creativity as a cultural and social force and influence global dialogues with your critical insights.  
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Collaborative Design

Transform your curiosity into a powerfully versatile skill set for problem solving and innovation.
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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.
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Fashion Studies

Spark your career in the fashion industry while developing your own voice as a designer.
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Graphic Design

Evolve traditional design fundamentals into powerful tools for communication, problem-solving, and creative strategizing.
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Become an aesthetically grounded and professionally versatile illustrator who is proficient in both traditional and emerging media.  
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Interior Design

Become a creative problem solver who shapes spaces through human-centered design with focus on function, aesthetics, sustainability, and user-experience.
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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.
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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.   
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Product Design

Create objects that respond to human need, challenge convention, and elevate the lived experience.
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Studio Arts

Take bold risks and broadly explore the full spectrum of 2D, 3D, and time-based media as you grow into a versatile, confident, and communicative working artist. 
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Learn More About Our Undergraduate Programs

Explore creative career paths while building a strong foundation for your future. 
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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.
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Master of Arts in Design

Broaden your understanding of design’s impact on culture and community through collaborative online learning experiences and research-driven coursework.
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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.
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Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate

For business and creative professionals who want to get an edge in the marketplace.
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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. 
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Learn More About Our Graduate Programs

Take your creativity to the next level. 


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Wednesday, Aug 30
SAINT ANDRO - Fashion Startup | Swim Concept
The world and the ways people choose to express themselves are changing. Saint Andro, a new swim & sun protection clothing concept, focuses on androgynous styles, ethical production practices,...
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Thursday, Sep 14
ArtPrize @ KCAD: Architecture of Being
"Architecture of Being" delves into the intricate relationship between human creations and the spaces they inhabit. Through a curated collection of artworks, this exhibition explores the multifaceted...
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Monday, Oct 2
Liminal Passage: Works by MFA Candidates
KCAD Gallery 602 is proud to present selected works by current MFA in Painting candidates Sean Allen, Seongbae Cho, Soso-Akalesh, Abby Licht, Aaron Marker, and Anna Mitchell. The exhibition will be...
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Friday, Oct 6
Descubriendo Me: Today's Modern Workforce
You DO belong here. Bridge your skills with culturally relevant professional development and see yourself in today’s modern workforce. Presented by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of...
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Sunday, Oct 22
KCAD Exploration Day
High school/transfer students and supporters: you're invited to come explore all the KCAD campus and creative community has to offer! This event—held just before the 2023 National Portfolio...
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