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Art History

Art History

Develop a deep understanding of creativity as a cultural and social force and place art and design in a cross-cultural, global framework.
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Collaborative Design

Become an invaluable change agent who can leverage the power of design to meet the evolving needs of businesses and nonprofit organizations.
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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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Sharpen your critical thinking and creative problem solving skills and develop a heightened awareness of the union of technical, formal, and conceptual components
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Fashion Studies

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.
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Graphic Design

Join an integrative learning environment where traditional design fundamentals evolve 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

Be empowered to use design thinking and creative problem solving to explore the function, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, and user experience of interior environments.
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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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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.
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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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Infuse traditional printmaking processes with contemporary studio practices in a fertile environment for exploration, experimentation, critical thinking, and conceptual development
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Product Design

Create objects that respond to human need, challenge convention, and elevate the lived experience.
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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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Learn More About Our Undergraduate Programs

Discover where your creativity can take you. 
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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 experiences and research-driven coursework.
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Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies

Deluged with imagery, a conscious awareness of how images shape our attitudes and actions allows us to more effectively navigate our world.
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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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Learn More About Our Graduate Programs

Take your creativity to the next level. 


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KCAD/Ferris Mental Health Monologues
Thursday, Oct 21
KCAD/Ferris Mental Health Monologues
Inspired by The Manic Monologues, KCAD and Ferris State University are presenting The Mental Health Monologues, a live/virtual project designed to ignite conversation and disrupt stigma around mental...
The KCAD/Ferris Architecture Lecture Series presents: Lars Junghans
Thursday, Oct 21
The KCAD/Ferris Architecture Lecture Series presents: Lars Junghans
Lars Junghans, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, will  present his work on the “Concept 2226” building and other projects. Professor Junghans' research is focused...
KCAD Master of Architecture Program Celebration and Open House
Saturday, Oct 23
KCAD Master of Architecture Program Celebration and Open House
KCAD's Master of Architecture program faculty and KCAD President Tara McCrackin invite you to join in celebrating the program's founding director, Brian Craig, and to explore newly renovated program...
Halloween Party & Costume Contest
Thursday, Oct 28
Halloween Party & Costume Contest
Costume competition, FREE LUNCH, prizes, and celebration! Join us as we bring back the annual KCAD Halloween Party traditons! Costume contest will start promptly at 11:30am! To sign up for the contest,...
Panel Discussion: Through The Lens Of Bruce Davidson
Thursday, Oct 28
Panel Discussion: Through The Lens Of Bruce Davidson
REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT Please join us for an in-person discussion with the Museum staff of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Founder and Director Dr. David...
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