Complete our application for admissions.
The online application closes the at 11:59pm on the Wednesday prior to the start of any given semester. If you are unable to meet this deadline and would like special consideration, email the Director of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment, Kris Jones directly here. Provide Kris with an explanation of why you are seeking consideration.
Write a statement of purpose.
This should be a 500 word (one to two page) essay telling us about you, your artwork, and your reason for wanting to attend KCAD. Here are some tips for writing a statement of purpose.
Schedule a Portfolio Review.
It's a part of the application process for most programs (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus, Furniture Design, Collaborative Design and Interior Design). If you are applying to either Collaborative Design or Interior Design, see step 4.
Collaborative Design and Interior Design applicants, complete the Observation Exercise.
Have your high school send us your official transcripts.
A transcript is considered official if it is mailed to us directly from your high school or college. Please note that faxed transcripts are not accepted as official. If you're a transfer student or if you took college courses during high school, send your college transcripts as well. We've put together some helpful tips on submitting your transcripts. A first-year student applicant must possess a GPA of 2.50 or higher or a GED, or have an ACT composite score of 17 or a SAT combined score of 820.
A first-year Medical Illustration student applicant must possess a GPA of 3.20 or better, and have an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT critical reading score of 530 and math score of 510.
Have your ACT or SAT results sent to us.
Test scores are considered official if they are included on an Official High School transcript that was mailed to us directly from your high school or if they were sent to us directly from ACT or SAT. Please note that faxed scores are not accepted as official. If you've already taken the test, the results may be on your high school transcript. If you haven't taken the test, be sure to include the Ferris/Kendall college code (1983 for the ACT or 1376 for the SAT). A first-year student applicant must possess a GPA of 2.50 or higher or a GED, or have an ACT composite score of 17 or a SAT combined score of 820.
A first-year Medical Illustration student applicant must possess a GPA of 3.20 or better, and have an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT critical reading score of 530 and math score of 510. Note: If you've been out of high school for more than 3 years and will be a first time college student, we do not need your ACT/SAT scores.
Submit your application materials to:Admissions Office
Kendall College of Art and Design
17 Fountain Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002
Required laptop specifications, software packages, and other peripherals will vary by program and will be significantly discounted.
Learn more about the portfolio review process.