History & Overview
DCAD's mission is to educate talented and dedicated students to become art makers, idea generators, problem solvers, and visual communicators who can redefine the way we perceive and experience the world around us. It also serves as a visible stakeholder, cultural anchor, and catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Wilmington.
The Delaware College of Art and Design is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
In 1996, Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design came together in an innovative partnership that formed the bedrock of Delaware College of Art and Design, in response to an invitation by the Wilmington community to establish Delaware's only art and design school. Pratt Institute in New York City and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. are two of America’s oldest and most distinguished visual arts colleges, and, through this partnership, helped create the foundation for the Delaware College of Art and Design. Now operating as an independent institution, an education at DCAD provides one of the richest opportunities available in American art and design education today.
Qualified graduates of the two-year Associate of Fine Arts Degree at DCAD have the opportunity to complete their BFA at a multitude of art and design colleges across the globe. Due to DCAD's unique foundation and commitment to maintaining a rigorous course of study, a growing list of articulation agreements with art and design colleges guarantees successful DCAD graduates transfer as juniors. DCAD's curriculum follows a similar outline to other art school curricula, thus DCAD's credits and classes transfer easily. DCAD's faculty advisors and Student Services staff work one-on-one with each student to prepare and present impressive portfolios when they apply to transfer to other schools. DCAD graduates routinely receive transfer scholarships to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.