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Notice: KCAD’s campus will be closed November 17 from 10 PM until 7 AM on January 4, 2021. For the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester, all classes will be delivered online.

Graduate Programs

Finding a voice, developing a vision.

For information on admissions to any of our graduate programs, please contact our Graduate Recruitment Specialist at email by phone at 616-259-1237, or schedule a virtual appointment.

Master of Architecture

The MArch dissolves the usual boundaries between the bodies of knowledge that inform 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.

Master of Arts in Design

Through collaborative experiences and research-driven coursework, students broaden their understanding of the impact of design on culture and community, thereby promoting responsible leadership, and emphasizing ethical engagement and social implications of design practice.

Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies

Why do we do what we do? What influences us and how? Deluged with imagery, a conscious awareness of how images shape our attitudes and actions allows us to more effectively navigate our world.

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.

Certificate in Design and Innovation Management

The Certificate in Design and Innovation Management is for business and creative professionals who want to get an edge in the marketplace. This 12-credit advanced studies certificate can stand alone or be applied towards a Ferris MBA or other graduate program.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) has discontinued the Master of Art Education program. Effective Fall 2020, admission to the Master of Fine Arts in Drawing, Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, and Master of Fine Arts in Photography programs has been suspended. While we are no longer accepting applications to these programs, we invite you to explore our other graduate program options via the links above.