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AICAD recognizes the vital role K-12 art and design educators play in our schools and advocates for the arts as an integral part of a well-rounded education. Here you can find helpful resources, such as lesson plans, hands-on workshops, professional development, and advice about the college admissions process for your students who are interested in pursuing the arts at the college level.
"The special quality of teaching art and design is this: most of the jobs our students will have haven’t been invented yet, so we need to teach for possibilities" - Kelly McConnell, Director of Art Education, Maine College of Art, essay entitled Taste, Aesthetics, and Student Designers
There are many professions that one can pursue with an art and design degree.
The career prospects are vast for those with an art and design degree, and we invite you to read through our alumni stories to explore the varied paths they take, discover art and design careers and learn about the value of an arts education.
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Tuition and fees at AICAD schools range between $21,000 - $45,000 (2014/15) per year, similar to most private colleges and universities in the United States. Though these numbers may sound high, virtually every college in the United States, including AICAD schools, offers financial aid. Often, the most expensive colleges offer the most financial aid, meaning that sometimes the highest “sticker price” can turn out to be the most affordable option. In 2014, 83% of all first-time, full-time freshmen at AICAD schools received some form of financial aid, and the average financial aid package was in the amount of $14,746 - nearly 50% of the average tuition cost in the U.S.
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AICAD schools offer admission based on a combination of factors including the strength of artwork/portfolio, grades, test scores, writing samples, recommendations, extra-curricular activities, and sometimes interviews and auditions.
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