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KCAD Fast Facts

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


*Art Education (BFA)
Art History (BS)
Collaborative Design (BFA)
Digital Art and Design (BFA)
Drawing (BFA)
Fashion Studies (BFA)
Furniture Design (BFA)
Graphic Design (BFA)
Illustration (BFA)
Industrial Design (BFA)
Interior Design (BFA)
Medical Illustration (BFA)
Metals and Jewelry Design (BFA)
Painting (BFA)
Photography (BFA)
Printmaking (BFA)
Sculpture and Functional Art (BFA)


Master of Architecture
Master of Art Education
Master of Arts in Design
Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Drawing
Master of Fine Arts in Painting
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking
**Certificate in Design and Innovation Management

*KCAD is discontinuing the Art Education program over a two-year period beginning at the onset of the fall 2020 semester. While we are no longer accepting applications to this program, we invite you to explore our other undergraduate program options.

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

Faculty - Fall 2019

Total: 124
Full-time: 48
Part-time: 76
Student/faculty ratio – 10:1


Total: 72
Full-time: 57
Part-time: 15


Fall 2019 Enrollment - 875
75% female, 25% male
79% full-time, 21% part-time
91% from Michigan
9% from 11 states and 10 countries

Ethnic Background

78% White (Non-Hispanic)
7% Hispanic
5% Asian
5% Multiracial
3% Black or African American
2% Unknown ethnicity
<1% Native American
<1% Hawaiian

GPA information

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 3.40
Average SAT Total Score of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 1,061
Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 25

Retention Rate - Fall 2018 to Fall 2019

First Time-Full Time Students - 82%

2019-2020 Estimated Cost of Education

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $21,701 $25,322
Room and Board $8,722 $8,722
Personal Expenses, Books, Supplies, Travel $2,210 $2,210
Total $32,633 $36,254

Financial Aid
85% of degree seeking KCAD students receive some form of institutional or Federal financial assistance.


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
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413

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
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 22090

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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Interior Design program is accredited by:

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation
206 Grandville SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2822

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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Master of Architecture Program is accredited by:

The National Architectural Accrediting Board
1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036

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