Our faculty members are regionally and nationally known artists in their own right who share their experience freely in the studio and beyond. Our professors know their students by name and are invested in their success. Our facilities provide well-resourced studios, classrooms, labs, workshops, and exhibition spaces. And our technology is directly aligned with the systems and software used in the professional world. With 875 students and 124 faculty (as of fall 2019), we offer a culture that's intimate, supportive, and collaborative. Learn more about Life @ KCAD.
Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society.
As a college within Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in design, the visual arts, and art history; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally.
Building on the vision of our founders, Ferris State University will be an agile and transformational university. By integrating theory and practice, we will foster opportunity, discovery, and professional preparation for a dynamic global society.
As an innovator in art and design education, KCAD will cultivate a student-centered learning community that fuels the economy and transforms culture with creative leaders and critical thinkers applying global perspectives.
KCAD will focus on supporting the whole student through life-long learning, removing barriers to education, and increasing professional preparedness.
Diversity and Inclusion
KCAD values a diversity of people and beliefs, promoting an inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and open campus for all. Learn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KCAD.
Through the combination of intensive classroom learning, faculty and staff development, real-world experience, and internal resources, KCAD strives to educate students who solve problems, think critically, and achieve their aspirations.
KCAD fosters strong connections both within the institution and in the external community to create a depth and breadth of opportunities for students.
Ethical and Sustainable Community
KCAD understands the critical need for financial, social, and environmental sustainability. We also uphold the values of integrity, civility and respect for the KCAD community.
KCAD has a long-standing history as a reputable art and design school.
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Strategic Plan, 2019- 2024.
Programs, faculty, enrollment statistics, tuition and more.
As part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design is accredited by:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is an accredited institutional member of:
The National Association of
Schools of Art and Design
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KCAD's Interior Design program, leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, is accredited* by:
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation
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*The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BFA granted by KCAD meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). More information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Master of Architecture Program is accredited by:
The National Architectural Accrediting Board
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