Where Can Your Creativity Take You?

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A line on a page. . .
That’s how it all begins. From the phone in your pocket to the masterpiece on the museum wall to the chair you’re sitting in, everything around you was imagined, sketched, drawn, designed, built, refined, and created. That very first line is like the opening of a door, the crossing of a threshold. It’s the path you follow to discovery ... and maybe even to greatness. KCAD can be that gateway to not just a job, but a calling—that passage from hoping and dreaming to working and doing.
Are you ready to cross the line? What will happen on your journey once you do? There’s only one way to find out, and it starts here.

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Creative Community

What better environment for your creative education than a city driven by creativity? Welcome to Grand Rapids!.

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Committed to Value

World-class art and design education at one of the nation's lowest tuition rates among NASAD-accredited schools.

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Where Passion Meets Possibility

KCAD alumni are making a difference—and making a living—doing what they love in creative careers all over the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I visit KCAD?

Register for one of our upcoming guided tours and get an in-depth tour of the campus and the resources available to our students! Come on your own or bring a friend or parent. Tours are added to the calendar on a rolling basis. 

When can I start?

KCAD has a rolling admissions deadline. Apply at least one month before the beginning of the semester in which you want to begin classes. International students should apply six months in advance.

How can I transfer to KCAD?

We value your experience and perspective, and we're committed to making your transition to KCAD as smooth as possible! Visit our Transfer Students info page to learn more.



Let's Connect!

Have further questions? Email [email protected] or call 800 676.2787 to connect with an Admissions Counselor.