Memphis College of Art

1930 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee

Rust Hall, Memphis College of Art

Memphis College of Art is dedicated to preparing students for lifelong careers in art and design. An exceptional faculty, small student/faculty ratio, diverse student body and intimate setting provide an environment that nurtures talent and encourages students to take creative risks to grow as artists. MCA's rigorous curriculum is integrated with Professional Practices, a unique program of classes and experiences that hone business and entrepreneurial skills. In short, for over 75 years, Memphis College of Art has been creating working artists who bring creative and thought-provoking artwork and ideas to Memphis and communities across the world. At Memphis College of Art, we make art work.

"Experience may well be the greatest teacher of all." This belief has led MCA to create opportunities outside the classroom that enable students to further cultivate their knowledge base. Each year students enrich their education through an annual international/domestic spring trip offering studio or art history credit and the legendary Horn Island, MS excursion. Additional knowledge and experience is gained through MCA's Visiting Artist lecture series and the ability to participate in student exhibitions and how work in gallery spaces throughout the college and community.

MCA students find inspiration in the rich cultural environment of Memphis, TN, a city with its roots steeped in jazz, blues and rock and roll. Memphis' vibrant art scene is enhanced by students, faculty and alumni of the college as well as the presence of MCA's Nesin Graduate Center, located in the heart of the South Main arts district.

Through Career Services, MCA students further develop experiential knowledge outside of the classroom, with local and national internships as well as invaluable contact with alumni mentors. For those interested in contributing their time and efforts working with underserved populations, the Give Back program encourages service to local non-profit organizations.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA, MAT, MAArtEd
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, SACS
MAJORS OFFERED:

Animation*
Design Arts: Concentration in Digital Media*
Design Arts: Concentration in Graphic Design*
Fine Arts: Concentration in Drawing/Painting*
Fine Arts: Concentration in Photography*
Fine Arts: Concentration in Printmaking*
Fine Arts: Concentration in Sculpture*
Fine Arts: Metals*

 

Illustration
Master of Arts in Art Education**
Master of Arts in Teaching**
Metals**
Painting / Drawing**
Photography**
Studio Art**

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
The groundwork necessary for concentration in in any studio practice is formed in Foundations. The skills, vocabulary and principles of art making are developed through a variety of media and interdisciplinary approaches that stress conceptual thought through contemporary approaches.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 31,000
MANDATORY FEES 700
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,650
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 8,750
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 0
OTHER 3,000
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $13,393 100%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,372 68%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 6,555 43%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,337 79%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $24,796
100% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 98%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 50%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 313

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 297
PART-TIME 41

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Optional
HOME EXAM: N/A
INTERVIEW: Optional
ESSAY: Recommended
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 36

FULL-TIME 27
PART-TIME 28
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
9.3 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
72%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
78%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
49%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
57%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
66% FEMALE
34% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Community Education: Adult and Youth
Summer Art Camp (Pre-K through 12)
Advanced Placement High School Drawing Class
Summer Academy (In-Residence Program) for advanced high school students
Teacher's Programs

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Career Services (Career development, resources and advising)
National & Regional Internships
Give Back Program (Public Service)
Traveling Fellowships
International/Domestic Spring Trip
Horn Island Expedition
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Cross-Registration with Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne Owen College and Memphis Theological Seminary
AICAD Exchange Program

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).