Scholarships & Discounts | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Scholarships & Discounts

Scholarships

Continuing Education strives to make arts learning opportunities accessible to students from all economic backgrounds. Whenever possible, we offer tuition scholarships to those demonstrating financial need. Scholarships are currently available for fall teen classes.

Current Scholarship Opportunities*

A limited number of financial need-based scholarships are available for fall youth and teen classes.

Scholarships are dependent on funding and are distributed until funds are depleted. Scholarship applications are reviewed weekly on Fridays. Scholarship awards will be emailed to applicants by the end of the day the following Monday. Please do not register for a class until you have received notice about your application. Attendance in a class using a scholarship is on a space available basis. A scholarship does not guarantee a spot in a class. Only one scholarship will be awarded per person. 

*Full Scholarships cover 97% of class cost, partial scholarships cover 50% of class costs. Supply costs not included.

Funding Sponsors

In addition to funding provided directly by MCAD Continuing Education, current scholarship opportunities have been generously funded by the following sponsors:

  • Coyne Family Foundation
  • George Family Foundation
  • Nordstrom Charitable Giving
  • Walser Foundation funded by the Walser Automotive Group
  • William Boss Foundation
  • Best Buy Children's Foundation
  • Cities97
  • Carolyn Foundation
  • Walker Family Foundation

Discounts

A number of discount opportunities are available to continuing education students.

MCAD Alumni

  • MCAD alumni are eligible for a 75% discount* on a space-available basis on adult, noncredit classes. To take advantage of this discount, select to join the alumni waitlist for the course.
  • In order to guarantee a spot in a course, alumni can take an adult, noncredit class with a 10% discount*.
  • May 2020 graduates are eligible to take 2 free Continuing Education courses over a two year period. Students who were enrolled at MCAD during spring semester, 2020 but have not yet graduated will be able to take 1 free CE course over a two year period. This includes MFA and MA students.

*Alumni discounts do not apply to Kids and Teens Classes or Art Educator Workshops. Alumni wishing to receive credit will pay an additional fee. This 75% discount offer is good for one class per semester. No other discounts will apply.

$25 Off

  • Early Registration
    Students who register for adult classes and workshops on or before the early registration discount receive $25 off the tuition total. This discount is in addition to any discounts listed below. See individual class descriptions for the current discount eligibility date. Discount is automatically applied at checkout. Discount does not apply to courses with tuition less than $100.
  • Multiple Classes
    Students who register for more than one adult class or summer MCAD for Kids and Teens class at one time will receive $25 off each of the additional classes throughout the semester. Discount is automatically applied at checkout. Discount does not apply to Art Educator Workshops. Discount does not apply to courses with tuition less than $100.

10% Off

  • Museum and MPR Members
    Members of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), and/or Minneapolis Public Radio receive this discount on adult, noncredit classes. To register as a partner member, select the noncredit tuition discount drop down option. Discount does not apply to Kids and Teens Classes, or Art Educator Workshops.
  • Seniors
    Students who are sixty years of age or older receive this discount on adult, noncredit classes. To register as a senior, select the noncredit tuition discount drop down option. Discount does not apply to Kids and Teens Classes, or Art Educator Workshops.
  • MCAD Donors
    Donors who give at the Benefactors, Deans List, and/or President’s Circle levels receive this discount on adult noncredit classes. To register as a partner member, select the noncredit tuition discount drop down option. Discount does not apply to Kids and Teens Classes, or Art Educator Workshops.
  • Groups
    Each person in a group of six or more from one company or organization receives this discount on a non-credit, regularly scheduled class. Contact continuing_education@mcad.edu for details. Exclusions Apply.

Loyalty Discounts

smART Circle

The smART Circle is a community of MCAD continuing education students who are lifelong learners and passionate about the arts. 

Becoming a part of the smART Circle is easy. Simply register for a continuing education adult class and you automatically become a member through the following semester. Each time you take a class, your membership is extended.

Benefits:

  • 10% off MCAD Continuing Education adult classes
    (Some restrictions apply)
  • $10 off any level of basic membership at the Walker Art Center
    (Call Walker Membership at 612.375.7655)
  • Early notice of upcoming classes, offerings, and special events

Questions?
Contact us at continuing_education@mcad.edu or 612.874.3765.