Founded through a creative partnership between Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Delaware College of Art and Design joins these distinguished institutions in charting the future of art and design.
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).
An Educational Partnership for the 21st Century
In 1996, Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design came together in an innovative partnership that forms the bedrock of Delaware College of Art and Design. Pratt Institute and the Corcoran are two of America’s oldest and most distinguished visual arts colleges, and through this partnership share curricula, faculty expertise and resources with DCAD to create 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 may apply to transfer to complete a four-year BFA degree by continuing their art and design education at Pratt in New York City, the Corcoran in Washington, DC, or other prestigious art and design schools in Philadelphia and across the country.
Few institutions have influenced American art and design as powerfully as Pratt Institute. Founded in 1887, Pratt has produced more than 35,000 professionals and attracts many of our world’s most inspirited young creatives to its campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Pratt, a university-style institution, is made up of four professional schools: Art and Design; Architecture, Information and Library Science; Liberal Arts and Sciences. It is the ideal destination for DCAD graduates to continue their art and design education. As mature upperclassmen and women, graduates can further advance their skills and talents in the vibrant environment of New York City that will challenge their creative abilities while introducing them to the very highest standards of professional practice.
The Corcoran is Washington, DC's largest non-federal cultural institution. Founded in 1869, it ranks among America’s oldest and most distinguished art schools and museums of art, which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of American painting and sculpture. Few schools can offer access to such artistic treasures in addition to a world-class art education, nor can they provide such exciting immersion in a major urban and political center. For qualified graduates of DCAD, completion of the junior and senior years at the Corcoran provides an extraordinary education in art and design, ideas, democracy, and modern living. The Corcoran, with an undergraduate student body of less than 400, remains one of America’s most intimate colleges of art where personal attention and community spirit is a unique counterpoint to life in the great city of Washington, DC.