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
  • An all-art curriculum with no math and no science 
  • Articulation agreements with many of the top four-year art programs

Join an Alumni Community of 1,000+

Whether they transfer on to a four-year art program or fast track directly into a creative career, DCAD is proud to be home to an alumni community of over 1,000.

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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