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Delaware College of Art and Design

Wilmington, DE
University Website: www.dcad.edu
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The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) was founded in 1997 through a partnership between the Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. DCAD’s mission is to educate talented and committed students to become art makers, idea generators, problem solvers, and visual communicators who can redefine the way we perceive and experience the world around us. DCAD’s associate of fine arts (AFA) degree program is offered in six disciplines: Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography. Apart from the traditional disciplines of the fine artist, these include opportunities in publishing, marketing, computer graphics, advertising, packaging, display design, and photography. In addition to studio courses, courses in art history and writing and literature (combined) complete the curriculum. Most students transfer to other colleges that offer the BFA degree; Pratt, Corcoran, MICA, RISD, the School of the Chicago Art Institute, PAFA, UArts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are but some of the fine schools to which students are accepted and attend. The College is independently accredited regionally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and nationally by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

DCAD offers apartment style dormitories in the Saville Apartments directly across Sixth Street from the studio and academic facilities at 600 N. Market Street, and in the next block to the north at 707 N. King Street. A multi-million dollar (4.7m US$) expansion in student housing opened for Fall 2012 in response to a significant increase in requests for on-campus residency. The former hotel's kitchen has been transformed into a student cafeteria for all resident and commuting students. The 600 N. Market building was the initial opening site for the College with an entering student population of 50. The Copeland Student Center, located in the Market Street side of the Saville Apartment building, opened in March 2009. It provides a student lounge, bookstore and in-house art supply area. On the first floor of the N. Market Street side of the 707 building, Jerry's Artarama modifies its paradigm and will open their first urban retail location. Wilmington and the area have been without a full-service art and materials store for many years; the result of this partnership with DCAD marks the first "destination" retail store opening in Wilmington in its latest revitalization.

The Office of Student Services is responsible for overseeing the general welfare of students, offering support services and for planning both recreational and educational activities. Support services offered are career counseling, health and safety education, academic support, and personal counseling. A Student Council facilitates participation and input from the student body.

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • students
  • $19,000.00 avg tuition

600 N Market St
Wilmington, DE 19801-3007
(302) 622-8000

Areas of Study:

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Delaware College of Art and Design

Applied 493
Admitted 308 62%
Enrolled total 120
Full Time: 120
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 69%
4-year graduation rate
6-year graduation rate
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Delaware College of Art and Design

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $19,000.00 $19,000.00 $19,000.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $1,270.00 $1,270.00 $1,270.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $830.00 $830.00 $830.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $7,650.00 $7,650.00 $5,250.00
Other Expenses $5,250.00 $5,250.00 $5,250.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $40.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $1,090.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 92%
Percent receiving grant aid 88%
Avg amount of grant aid $8,075.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 72%
Avg amount of student loan aid $9,029.00

Delaware College of Art and Design

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects X
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other X
Graphic Design X
Illustration X
Interior Design X
Photography X

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