Cost | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


2022 Pre-College Summer Session Cost
Tuition $3,300
Included 3 college credits, room and board, most supplies, excursions, and more


Tuition for 3 MCAD College Credits

The Pre-College Summer Session replicates the type of coursework a first-year student would experience in an art and design college. The first week of the program the students learn skills, programs, and techniques. The second week is focused on final projects, critiques, and the mounting of a final exhibition. 

Students receive a letter grade (A–F) reported on an MCAD transcript as “Pre-College Summer Session.” An unofficial grade report is mailed to students after the program ends. Official transcripts can be requested from MCAD Records.

For students who enroll in an MCAD undergraduate program, these credits function as elective credits. For students enrolling at another institution, it is recommended that students keep course syllabi and documentation of all work. Credit transfer is a highly individualized process, and it is the student’s responsibility to apply these credits, if applicable, to a non-MCAD program. Credits are not guaranteed to transfer and are at the sole discretion of the home institution. Speak with a high school or college advisor for more information.

Full Room and Board

Living on campus alongside fellow students and staff is an exciting, and crucial, aspect of personal and academic success during the program. As such, students are required to live on campus but may leave for outside visits with parental permission.

Students are provided fully-furnished, single-gender student apartments located across the lawn from their studios and classrooms. Apartments are shared between three or four students. Trained, upper-level student resident advisors reside in the buildings and serve as supportive resources, day and night.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided through MCAD’s cafeteria. Special consideration can be provided to students with specific dietary needs.

Many Required Supplies

MCAD will provide necessary supplies and materials specific to each major. Students will be required to bring a basic set of supplies (scissors, tape, pencils, etc.) A complete list will be shared with students in advance of the program. Graphic design majors who choose to go beyond their printing allotment for final projects may purchase additional printing credits at the MCAD Service Bureau. Students should also anticipate the cost of shipping their work home, if applicable. Additional supplies may be purchased at the Art Cellar, MCAD's on-campus art and book store.

Note: Students in the painting major pay a $100 materials fee in addition to the tuition cost.  

Waived Undergraduate Application Fee

Participants in the program who apply to an undergraduate program at MCAD will have the $50 application fee waived.

A limited number of scholarships are awarded based on financial need and artistic merit for those who submit complete applications by the priority deadline.

Full-Tuition Scholarship


Demonstrated financial need is given the most weight in the decision (historically, families with annual incomes of less than $60K), but strong corresponding application pieces will give you the best opportunity of receiving a scholarship. To be considered for this scholarship, you must supply a copy of your family’s most recent tax form with your application, as listed on the application requirements page.

Partial-Tuition Scholarships

$500 Merit-Based

If you demonstrate outstanding portfolio pieces or academic success, you may be eligible to receive a partial scholarship. Priority is given to students who have not received a previous scholarship to the Pre-College Summer Session program. Applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship.

$1,000 MCAD Undergraduate Scholarships

Based on adherence to high academic standards and student conduct, four of the most exemplary Pre-College Summer Session students in overall performance, participation, and artistic merit will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend MCAD as an undergraduate. All students are eligible.

Generous current and past scholarship support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, along with the Best Buy Corporation, Boss Foundation, David Winton Bell Foundation, and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Questions? Contact the Pre-College Summer Session staff at or 612.874.3765.