Creative Careers Start Here.

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

Why Choose

Whether you’re looking to fast-track your creative career, or transfer and save at a four-year art program, DCAD’s unique two-year program model 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

Pre-College Programming is Back this Fall!

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

Art Programs for Every Artist

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.

Ready to start creating?

Two years at DCAD can open a world of creative opportunities. Prepare yourself for a career as a professional artist, build a portfolio, or get a head start on a four-year art program — all while saving money. Apply today or get in touch with the DCAD Admissions office for help getting started.

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