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Community Education

Community Education

Our community education programs provide opportunities for inspired teens and adults to realize their creative potential in an engaging environment.
As part of our mission to support and foster Wilmington’s creative community, we offer a variety of programs for artists of any age and experience level.

Please see below for current Continuing Education, Portfolio Prep, and Young Artist classes and workshops.

Continuing Education

New classes and workshops coming soon!

Portfolio Prep Workshops

DCAD offers three inventive portfolio prep classes focused on simplifying the admissions process for art & design college applicants. DCAD faculty take you step-by-step through finalizing a dynamic studio art portfolio. Rework, improve, and expand the artwork you already have. Learn to apply basic art concepts to compositions to highlight the best of what you do! Limited scholarships are available. $20/class or $45 for all three.

For questions about registration, please contact our Admissions Office – [email protected]

To register for all 3 classes, click below!

Register for All 3 Workshops


Fan Art Flip – February 27th, 1 pm – 3 pm

Feeling a little timid about submitting your fan art to college admissions? Don’t be! Let’s make your fan artwork for you. Develop a new way of displaying your passion for cartoons and anime that fits into a college-level studio art portfolio. We’ll also focus on creating original artwork inspired by your favorite animated series, manga, or graphic novels.

Register Here

Documenting Weird Work – March 6th, 1 pm – 3 pm

Did you create some whacky things in high school art classes? A giant plaster spider? Crafty props for your theatre department? An assemblage of recycled found objects? Learn to document your work and highlight your varied artistic skills for your admissions portfolio. A smartphone camera and a free app are required to complete some helpful exercises.

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Sketchbook Gold – March 13th, 1 pm – 3 pm

Do you have a sketchbook or two filled with half-finished drawings? No problem! We’ll help you finalize those ideas into portfolio-ready artwork that will wow any college admissions team. We’ll also cover how to emphasize drawing from observation in your artwork to display your unique take on the world around you.

Register Here

Young Artists Program

Explore our pre-college program for teens.

Young Artist Program

Want the full DCAD experience?

We welcome artists at any stage of their career. For more information, please explore our programs of study and choose the area that interests you most.


Continuing Education courses are open to all members of our community (high school age and up) and have been developed to foster personal and professional growth. Classes are conveniently conducted in the evenings and on the weekends.

The Delaware College of Art and Design is located on the Market Street Mall in the heart of Wilmington’s Downtown Historic District, a few blocks from Rodney Square, the Grand Opera House, the Christina Cultural Center, and Delaware History Museum, as well as many other downtown destinations. DCAD is easily accessible by multiple DART buses. Street parking is also readily available at no charge after 6:00 pm.

Tuition for each course is indicated as a part of the course description. A one-time per semester, non-refundable registration fee is required. Tuition and fees must be paid in full before the start of the class. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.