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Everything you need to include in your application to MCAD.

Be sure to follow the or test scores are required unless waived by MCAD. There is no minimum score. The writing portion of the test is not required. Standardized test scores are not required for international applicants or for transfer students who have successfully completed at least 12 college credits.


One letter of recommendation is required from an art instructor, teacher, guidance counselor, advisor, or employer in support of your application.


Write a carefully edited 400- to 600-word statement specific to your program:

Bachelor of Science Applicants

Describe a team project you have been involved in. What was the goal of the project? What was your role? What did you learn from the process? Was the project successful?

Bachelor of Fine Arts Applicants

Choose one of the following:

  • Describe an artist who has influenced your work. Discuss both the artist's work and your own work.
  • Describe a project you completed as a group member. Describe the project and your role.
  • Describe how a critique of your work influenced it or made it better.

 (do not mail)

Bachelor of Science Applicants

A portfolio of artwork is not required. However, visual documentation of the project described in your personal statement may be uploaded as a portfolio.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Applicants

Your portfolio is the most important part of your application. It is evaluated on artistic and conceptual content, design and composition, technical skill, and creative potential.

Include the following four subjects in your portfolio:

  • Landscape
  • Still life
  • Interior space
  • Self-portrait

At least one of these subjects must be represented in an observational drawing. Do not work from photographs or another artist's work. Include a full value scale (from light to dark) and background. Use your eyes, imagination, and creativity. The remaining three subjects may be composed in the media of your choice.

Additionally, include eight to sixteen pieces of finished artwork that show your technical skills and idea development. It helps to submit work from a variety of media to best demonstrate your abilities; any medium is acceptable. Sketches may only be submitted to show idea development of submitted completed pieces.

Minimum score: 100

MCAD accepts the . The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with MCAD when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. 

Official English translations of all transcripts

Proof of citizenship (a photocopy of your passport is suitable)

Financial certification

To obtain a student visa (not applicable for online-only graduate programs), you must first show proof of funds to cover tuition, housing, and expenses for at least one year of attendance at MCAD. Once accepted, MCAD will send you a financial certification form that must be signed and must include an official letter from a manager or officer of a major financial institution citing the balance of funds for you or your sponsor. This form is due with the tuition deposit by the posted deadline. MCAD is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students in accordance with the requirements specified in 8 CRF 214.3.

* (aka ‘superscores’) are a sum of the highest scores from each section if multiple tests have been taken in the last two years. We will use the MyBest Score when provided.


MCAD's Mailing Address

Please use the following address when mailing admissions materials to MCAD.

MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404