You’re driven to change the world with your talent.
We’re driven to provide you with the tools.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Delaware College of Art and Design empowers emerging creatives to take artistic risks and engage with inclusive and diverse communities.
Delaware College of Art and Design envisions a future as a nationally recognized powerhouse of creativity, education, inspiration, and engagement.
In 1997, Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design came together in an innovative partnership that formed the bedrock of DCAD. With the support of two of America’s oldest and most distinguished arts colleges, DCAD blossomed into a lively institution offering students a cutting-edge spin on a prestigious art education. Now operating as an independent institution, DCAD provides one of the richest opportunities available in American art and design education today.
The vibrant history of Downtown Wilmington is deeply rooted in DCAD’s identity. Our main building — which houses our classrooms, administrative offices, and several galleries — still boasts the original Art Deco detailing from its construction in 1932. The building, which once housed the Delmarva Power headquarters, features original metal detailing and unique facades. Preserving this piece of history is a testament to DCAD’s appreciation for fine arts, and it remains one of the most striking features of our campus. DCAD’s main building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985.
Choosing the right art and design college is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as an artist. That’s why you should consider all the ways your school can help you jumpstart your art career.
At DCAD, our students benefit from a one-of-a-kind learning experience that encourages them to grow as individuals as well as artists. Our alumni have used their DCAD foundations to continue their learning at elite schools, such as Moore College of Art and Design, the Pratt Institute, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. You’ll also find our alumni working at MTV, Cartoon Network, Disney Interactive Media Group and countless other fulfillment companies.
Here’s how DCAD can support you on your journey to the art career of your dreams:
Benefit from a close-knit campus with a small-town feel. Experience superior and safe residence life. Small classes with professional artists and designers.
Our tuition, housing, and meal plan cost less than many other private art and design schools. Accredited courses can easily be transferred to BFA arts programs at more costly institutions.
Personal advising from heads of each department. Diverse campus opportunities for students to explore arts and culture in Wilmington and beyond. Participate in student clubs and frequent art exhibitions.
Accreditation + Why That Benefits Students
DCAD is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Accreditation is one of the most important signifiers of a high-quality education. Not only does accreditation reflect on the rigorous standards of our programs, but it also ensures that our students are able to participate in state and federal financial aid programs.
Our accredited programs also are a benefit for students looking to transfer to BFA or master’s programs. Because our programs are recognized by national accreditation organizations, our credits are easy to transfer to programs anywhere in the country — and even across the globe. This means that when you invest in a DCAD education, you’re also investing in your future finances.
Our transfer partners include: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, University of the Arts.
Living in Wilmington
DCAD is nestled in Downtown Wilmington, offering the liveliness and diversity of a small city while maintaining the comfort of a small town. You’ll be living in the heart of Delaware’s creative district, only 40 minutes from Philadelphia and 2 hours from both NYC and Washington, D.C. Playing an important role in our nation’s artistic history, Wilmington is home to numerous museums, acclaimed architecture, theaters, historical landmarks, and modern attractions.
Come check out our campus and see what Wilmington has to offer.