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Memphis College of Art

Memphis, TN
University Website: www.mca.edu
Apply Online: www.mca.edu
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Coordinates: 35°08′15″N 90°01′14″W / 35.1376°N 90.0205°W / 35.1376; -90.0205

Memphis College of Art, known before 1985 as the Memphis Academy of Arts and first established as James Lee Memorial Art Academy in the James Lee House, is a small, private college of art and design located in Memphis, Tennessee's Overton Park adjacent to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. It offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Some of the majors include graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, computer arts, photography, animation, and illustration. It was founded in 1936 and was once housed in the James Lee House. It is now in a building with 1950s architecture.

Memphis College of Art averages around 450 students each year, with 350 being undergraduate and 100 being graduate students. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community. It has enabled generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. It extends its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, continuing education, children's classes, and visiting artist lectures. It is more affordable, compared to similar colleges, as per Princeton Review. There is student housing on N. Rembert St., N. Tucker St., and most recently on N. Barksdale, in a building called Metz Hall, which is also based on 1950s architecture.

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $24,400.00 avg tuition

1930 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104-2764
(901) 272-5100

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Areas of Study:

  • Education
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Memphis College of Art

Applied 544
Admitted 247 45%
Enrolled total 94
Full Time: 94
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 450 540
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 490 590
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT English 20 25
ACT Math 17 23
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 76%
4-year graduation rate 20%
6-year graduation rate 41%
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 Required
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Memphis College of Art

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $24,400.00 $24,400.00 $24,400.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $650.00 $650.00 $650.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,063.00 $1,063.00 $1,063.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $25,500.00 $25,500.00 $25,500.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $650.00 $650.00 $650.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,063.00 $1,063.00 $1,063.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $8,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Other Expenses $3,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $25.00
Graduate Application Fee $50.00
Books and Supplies $1,650.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 100%
Percent receiving grant aid 100%
Avg amount of grant aid $14,890.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 72%
Avg amount of student loan aid $5,859.00

Memphis College of Art

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Art Teacher Education X
Design and Visual Communications, General X
Digital Arts X
Fine/Studio Arts, General X X
Intermedia/Multimedia X
Photography X

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