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AICAD Exchange

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The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Exchange program offers MCAD students the chance to study for a semester at art and design colleges affiliated with AICAD in the United States and Canada

What is the AICAD Exchange?

AICAD is a consortium of colleges which includes roughly thirty-five art and design schools throughout the US and Canada. Students pay the same tuition as they would at their home school. It’s a great way for students to get off campus and experience a different city, school, curriculum, faculty, visiting artists, and artist communities. 

What are some reasons students decide to do the AICAD Exchange?

It all depends on what students want to get out of studying off campus. Some students want the cultural immersion and international experience of living in a different country. Other students don’t feel comfortable going abroad. This exchange is a great alternative. Every student who has participated in an AICAD Exchange learns something that they wouldn’t have at MCAD. 

“I recommend this program. I would suggest taking some classes that MCAD does not offer like ceramics, jewelry, glass blowing, architecture, or whatever you're interested in” –Hanan Rddad ’16, AICAD Exchange at California College of the Arts

Program Details
Schools Search all AICAD schools
Semesters Offered Fall and spring semesters
Tuition Same as your MCAD tuition; you will remain enrolled at MCAD and continue to pay MCAD tuition
Housing Student's responsibility
Classroom Experience Dependent upon location
Location 35 locations throughout the United States and Canada
Majors All majors
  • 2.0 GPA minimum
  • Junior standing (60 credit minimum)
  • Student must send application directly to school of choice and be accepted by the school