If your students want to make things that make the world better, they belong here.

A KCAD education connects students and their creativity to something bigger than themselves. Our hands-on degree programs and close-knit campus community transform individuals' passion for making into a marketable skill set—and from there, a dynamic career.



What makes a KCAD education different?

 
personalized
 

KCAD emphasizes small class sizes and one-on-one interaction, which means our expert faculty are more than teachers—they’re mentors. 

 
versatile
 

KCAD’s career-oriented programs build vital creative problem-solving and communication skills that employers in every industry are looking for in their next hire.

 
valuable
 

More than just a degree, students graduate from KCAD with 21st-century skills, industry connections, and a strong creative portfolio that will propel them forward. 

 
Immersive
 

At KCAD, students learn by doing through hands-on experiences, industry interactions, collaborative real-world projects, and community engagement.

 
Resource-rich
 

Located in the heart of creative-centric Grand Rapids, the KCAD campus is powered by the same tools and cutting-edge technologies the pros use. 



Hear alumni stories

Alyssa Menold
('13, BFA Illustration)

Freelance Illustrator
alyssamenold.com

What's life like for a freelance illustrator specializing in creating artwork for tabletop games? Alyssa Menold recounts her journey post-KCAD—from roaming conventions trying to get her foot in the door to watching the cast of Stranger Things playing with Dungeons and Dragons stuff she created. And in-between, she takes us inside her process and offers some sage advice to those looking to make the most of their creativity.

Yanxin Chen
('05, BFA Furniture Design)

Owner, C Yanxin Designs
cyanxindesigns.com

At KCAD, Yanxin Chen program and soaking up every experience that came his way, from immersion in the rich history of the craft to industry connections that opened up invaluable internship and employment opportunities. Now, as the creative force behind C Yanxin Designs, Yanxin is one of the foremost furniture designers working in the industry today, and he's continually pushing toward what's next.

Lauren Copping
('18, BFA Interior Design)

Owner, Mont Design
montdesign.co

When COVID-19 stranded Lauren Copping in Bali, she had two choices: put her creative career plans on hold or adapt. With her unique company, Mont Design, Lauren is embracing a nomadic approach to work/life balance and building a thriving full-service remote interior design firm that meets clients where they are, no matter what part of the world they (or she) happen to be in.