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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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Students who got into MCAD/MAD:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (2), Grades (3), Sports/Extracurriculars (0), College Essay (1)
Create a lot of artwork and send in your bestOct 23 2014Art & Design Department
I really haven't even figured out what MCAD looksMay 24 2012Business - Management and Administration
I really haven't even figured out what MCAD looks for in a student. I think it has do with an original mind. Talent wouldn't hurt either. Great artists are hard workers and can think, pardon the cheesiness of this, outside of the box. GPA doesn't matter as much but I'd still try to get above a 2.5GPA. Please when you do your portfolio, take it seriously. Someone once did stick figures just because they weren't a drawing major. DO NOT DO THAT. I was a bad drawing artist too but at least I tried.

Also don't bullshit that essay. It's probably what got me in.
ACT: 21 Female

It isn't too difficult to get accepted into MCADJun 28 2011Art & Design Department
It isn't too difficult to get accepted into MCAD. besides the online application, statement of interest, some test scores, grades, and the $50 app fee, the biggest part is the art portfolio. You have to include 12 to 20 pieces of your best artwork. You can include different mediums of art as long as 4 pieces are drawings from observation. Good luck! hope to see you there!
ACT: 22 Male
Your portfolio is the most important thingDec 04 2010Art & Design Department
Your portfolio is the most important thing. About 85% of accepted students receive financial aid, so it is affordable and worth your effort to submit your best work.
ACT: 33 Female
You have to put together a portfolio to getOct 02 2009Art & Design Department
You have to put together a portfolio to get in, but the nice thing is that you don't have to submit it on the first go. You can submit it as many times as you damn well please, so long as you ask for advice to make it better. (i.e. Send it in once, asking for advice and then improve on it and send it back in saying, "Yes, this is it, this is my portfolio.") Also, definitely include a lot of "extra" work, not just the required pieces they'll ask for. If you want to be a painter, for the love of God, show them your paintings. If you want to be a sculptor, show photos of your sculptures. You want to make comics, show them your comics. And don't show copies of things, show what YOU can do.

Good luck!


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