Creative Careers Start Here

Located at the heart of Wilmington’s downtown Creative District, DCAD is the region’s premier two-year art program.


Build your portfolio, improve your art, and discover your talents. Jump-start your creative career or transfer your DCAD credits to a four-year art school. Our graduates are making incredible work every day.


Whether you’re looking to fast-track your creative career or transfer and save at a four-year art program, DCAD’s two-year program provides everything you need to build your portfolio.

  • 8:1 student to faculty ratio
  • An immersive foundation year experience
  • Industry-leading retention and graduation rates
  • A rigorous, art-focused curriculum
  • Articulation agreements with many of the top four-year art programs

Sign up for Pre-College Programming Now

Discover DCAD’s Pre-College short courses and workshops designed for emerging teen artists and designers!


Each of our graduates benefits from the support, knowledge, and personal growth developed over their two years at DCAD, and they use this foundation to support their future education and careers. Our alumni are an elite group of artists and creative professionals who have gone on to do incredible things in the art world.