Complete the Free Online Application
Click here to apply. You'll need to create a login and password.
Write a Statement of Purpose.
Copy and paste the questions into a new document and write a 1-2 paragraph response for each one.
Submit Your Portfolio
If you're applying for Fall 2020 and beyond:
The majority of KCAD programs require a portfolio review (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus). Visit Portfolio Review for details.
If you're applying for Summer 2020:
The majority of KCAD programs require a portfolio review (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus, Furniture Design, Collaborative Design and Interior Design). Visit Portfolio Review for details. If you are applying to either Collaborative Design or Interior Design, you'll submit an Observation Exercise.
Submit Your Official Transcripts
If this is your first time at a college:
-Ask your high school to send your official transcripts to KCAD
-You’ll need to have at least a 2.5 GPA or a GED
-Students with a lower GPA are still encouraged to apply
-Medical Illustration students need a 3.20 GPA or better
-If you’ve taken Dual Enrollment classes send those transcripts as well
If you’ve previously attended a college:
-Ask your college send your official transcripts to KCAD
-Ask your high school send your official transcripts to KCAD (unless you’ve completed an Associates degree or higher).
Submit Your Test Scores
-Have the ACT or SAT send your test scores to KCAD (unless they’re already on your high school transcripts).
-You’ll need to have an ACT Composite score of 17 or an SAT Combined Score of 900
-Medial Illustration students need an ACT of 22 or an SAT critical reading score of 530 and a math score of 510.
When taking the test you can use the Ferris/Kendall college code to send your scores to us (1983 for the ACT and 1376 for the SAT).
Test-Optional Admission Consideration Pilot Program
Under this program, you may opt to be considered for admission without test scores.
KCAD recognizes that research often suggests that standardized testing provides an incomplete picture of some students' ability to succeed in college.
If you've already submitted your application and would like to be in the Test-Optional Admission Consideration Pilot Program, please email us to discuss the option.
Submit your application materials to:Admissions Office
Kendall College of Art and Design
17 Fountain Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002
Required laptop specifications, software packages, and other peripherals will vary by program and will be significantly discounted.