Welcome to DCAD

DCAD Students

We invite you to take a VIRTUAL TOUR of our creative campus including studios and residence halls.

Along the way, get to know our creative and talented students in the video below!  

DCAD: 10 Lessons from the Kitchen on Vimeo.


To begin the process, submit a DCAD Application. 
Download a copy of the DCAD application (PDF) to mail in or APPLY TO DCAD ONLINE

Review the DCAD View Book or Request for Information to be mailed to you. 


Student artists and designers at the Delaware College of Art and Design show work every day. Every week brings new assignments and new pieces covering the 7,120 square feet of homasote in DCAD’s hallways, classrooms and studios. Assignments are completed with the fundamental skills taught in the classrooms, and enhanced by exploration beyond DCAD's walls. 

Top 5 Reasons to Attend DCAD:


Starting at DCAD means the option of two college degrees in four years.  DCAD’s rigorous AFA degree allows students to transfer directly to other art schools as third year students. Many DCAD students transfer with thousands of dollars of transfer scholarship awarded to them.


DCAD’s bustling urban campus is only minutes away from the historic Brandywine Valley, known as “Wyeth country.” DCAD sits in the middle of downtown Wilmington, DE, between two meccas of live music: the World Café Live at The Queen and the Grand Opera House, and near such cultural attractions as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Delaware Art Museum.  DCAD  is minutes from Philadelphia and a train ride away from  New York, Baltimore, and Washington DC, with Amtrak and Septa stations located only six blocks from campus.  


DCAD’S small student body and intimate campus provide all students with an individualized educational experience.  All students receive one-to-one instruction from professors who are practicing professional artists in their fields. Professors bring real-world experiences into the classroom to strengthen students’ understanding of practical use of their art and design instruction.


DCAD’s housing options provide students with a comfortable home away from home to complement the DCAD experience. The Student Services office promotes a healthy and active lifestyle through various student organizations and on-site dining services. The campus’s suite-style residence halls are unique and accommodating with separate living rooms, individual bathrooms, and bedrooms.  Rooms even come equipped with drafting tables! 


DCAD’s tuition is about half the cost of other private art schools. 90% of DCAD students receive some form of financial aid, including federal aid, generous merit-based scholarships, and need-based grants for eligible students. Additionally, payment plans, work-study opportunities, and low interest loans make the cost of attendance manageable for families dedicated to acquiring the best in art and design education while avoiding sizeable debt. 

See for Yourself:
We invite you to visit our state-of-the-art campus and learn more about the personalized education available at the Delaware College of Art and Design.  DCAD is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  To receive more information about DCAD, please complete a Request for InformationAt any time, your work as a DCAD student may be viewed by the class it was done for, the professor who assigned it, DCAD’s President, a board member, a politician, prospective students, parents, roommates and you. It could be posted to this website, the DCAD FacebookInstagram or Twitter account, or published in something like the DCAD ViewBook (seen above). Every February brings the Student Exhibition to DCAD’s gallery. It showcases the best work from the year, essentially the best from the hallways, classrooms and studios. And to do all that, the support you need is there.

Application: Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2015 semester and beyond. The deadline to be considered for merit-based scholarships is December 1 for the spring semester, and March 15, for the fall semester.  For students who wish to apply through Early Action Admission, the deadline to submit all requirements is December 1.

Students who decide to attend DCAD must submit a tuition deposit by the universal deposit deadline of May 1. Deposits are refundable prior to May 1. Students requesting housing must also submit a deposit to secure a space in DCAD housing. In most cases, admissions decisions are delivered by mail within a two- to three-week time frame from the date of application completion.