KCAD Fast Facts

Mission Statement

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.

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Founded: 1928

Programs of Study


  • Art History (BS)
  • Art History (AA)
  • Collaborative Design (BFA)
  • Design Studies (AFA)
  • Digital Art and Design (BFA)
  • Drawing (BFA)
  • Fashion Studies (BFA)
  • Graphic Design (BFA)
  • Illustration (BFA)
  • Interior Design (BFA)
  • Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration (BFA)
  • Painting (BFA)
  • Photography (BFA)
  • Product Design (BFA)
  • Printmaking (BFA)
  • Sculpture and Functional Art (BFA)


  • **Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Arts in Design
  • Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts in Painting


**Offered at KCAD through Ferris State University's College of Business

Faculty and Staff

Faculty - Fall 2021

Total: 83
Full-time: 40
Part-time: 43
Student/faculty ratio: 11 to 1

Faculty Directory

Staff - Fall 2021

Total: 48
Full-time: 43
Part-time: 5

Staff Directory


Student Body


Fall 2021 Enrollment: 629
Female: 75%
Male: 25%
Full-time: 69%
Part-time: 31%
From Michigan: 94%
From elsewhere (16 states and 1 country): 6%

GPA Information

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC): 3.21
Average SAT Total Score of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC): 1048
Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC): 25.3

Ethnic Background

White (Non-Hispanic): 74%
Hispanic: 8%
Asian: 3%
Multiracial: 6%
Black or African American: 4%
Unreported: 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan: <1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%

Retention Rate - Fall 2020 to Fall 2021

First Time-Full Time Students: 75%

Cost of Attendance

KCAD is committed to providing a world-class art and design education at a remarkably affordable price. The vast majority of degree-seeking students receive some form of institutional or Federal financial assistance. 

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