Why DCAD?

Choosing the right art and design college is an important decision. DCAD invites you to stART here.

Learn more about our small, smart, spirited and supportive campus community by downloading the DCAD Viewbook.
Why DCAD?
students who start here ...
  • STAY

    • Education via supportive, professional artists & designers
    • Superior residence life
    • Close-knit campus community with a small-town feel
  • SAVE

    • Tuition, housing, and meal plan cost less than many other private art and design schools
    • Opportunities for paid internships
  • THRIVE

    • Small yet diverse campus with opportunities for students to curate their own exhibitions, initiate clubs & activities and explore arts and culture in Wilmington and beyond
    • A sense of family and commitment to student success cultivates creativity and engagement
    • Heads of each department advise and mentor every student
    • DCAD’s graduation rate for first-generation students is 60% vs. 27% for four-year colleges
JOIN PROUD DCAD ALUMNI WHO HAVE COMPLETED DEGREES AT ...
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • California College of the Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • Oregon College of Craft
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Parsons Paris
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Tyler School of Art
  • The University of the Arts
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Join proud DCAD Alumni who have worked for ...
  • DC Commission on the Arts
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Elle Magazine
  • FKM Advertising Agency
  • Pfizer
  • Pepsi
  • General Mills
  • Gatorade
  • Merck
  • Breyer’s
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Warner Music
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Studio Pierrot, Japan
  • Comedy Central
  • Cartoon Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • BBC
  • Disney Interactive Media Group
  • New York Post
  • Paper Magazine