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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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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 around the world.
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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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Whereabouts: The Influence of Place and Space 
Saturday, Jul 31
Whereabouts: The Influence of Place and Space 
On view through December 11, 2021 In the common spaces on the first floor of the building, artists create immersive environments or site-specific work that respond to the architecture, ornamentation,...
The Way Forward
Saturday, Jul 31
The Way Forward
On view through November 24, 2021 As the global pandemic continues to create monumental shifts in our lives, what can we learn from creatives? Artists, designers, and scholars are critical thinkers...
Other World
Saturday, Jul 31
Other World
On view through December 11, 2021 Our ability to conceive of ourselves surviving and thriving in the future is crucial to manifesting prosperity as a lived reality. What we consume today, the stories...
MEGA 2021 Exhibition
Sunday, Aug 1
MEGA 2021 Exhibition
MEGA (Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Exhibition) features work by current graduate students and 2021 graduates of graduate and undergraduate programs in Michigan. This annual exhibition...
2021 Online Annual Student Exhibitions
Sunday, Aug 1
2021 Online Annual Student Exhibitions
Please join us at on Tuesday, April 27 at 4pm for the online debut of KCAD's 2021 Master's Thesis, Excellence Awards, and Undergraduate Senior Exhibitions. ​We're beyond proud of the...
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