About

KCAD offers an outstanding education in a broad range of professional pursuits in art and design.

Our faculty members are regionally and nationally known artists in their own right who share their experience freely in the studio and beyond. Our professors know their students by name and are invested in their success. Our facilities provide well-resourced studios, classrooms, labs, workshops, and exhibition spaces. And our technology is directly aligned with the systems and software used in the professional world. With 1,428 students and 189 faculty (as of fall 2014), we offer a culture that's intimate, supportive, and collaborative. Learn more about Life @ KCAD.

Ferris' Mission:

Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society.

KCAD's Mission:

As a college within Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally.

KCAD Vision

As an innovator in art and design education, KCAD will cultivate a student-centered learning community that fuels the regional economy with creative leaders and critical thinkers with global perspectives.

KCAD Values

Student-Centeredness
KCAD will focus on supporting the whole student through life-long learning, removing barriers to education, and increasing professional preparedness.

Diversity and Inclusion
KCAD values a diversity of people and beliefs, promoting an inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and open campus for all.

Academic Excellence
Through the combination of intensive classroom learning, faculty and staff development, real-world experience, and internal resources, KCAD strives to educate students who solve problems, think critically, and achieve their aspirations.

Collaboration
KCAD fosters strong connections both within the institution and in the external community to create a depth and breadth of opportunities for students.  

Sustainability
KCAD understands the critical need for financial, social, and environmental sustainability.

Our History

KCAD has a long-standing history as a reputable art and design school.

Strategic Plan

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Strategic Plan, 2017- 2020.

Fast Facts

Programs, faculty, enrollment statistics, tuition and more.

Accreditation

As part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design is accredited by:

The Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
800.621.7440

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is an accredited institutional member of:

The National Association of
Schools of Art and Design
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 22090
703.437.0700

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Interior Design program is accredited by:

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation
206 Grandville SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2822
616.458.0400

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's Master of Architecture Program has been granted Candidacy status for accreditation by:

The National Architectural Accrediting Board
1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
202.783.2007

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