Welcome to DCAD

DCAD Students
Small.  Smart.  Spirited.
DCAD invites you to stART here!

DCAD offers:

  • Two-year Associate of Fine Art Degree
  • Intensive studio work supported by rigorous academic courses
  • Hands-on curriculum that builds creative/technical skills as well as confidence
  • Students may transfer directly as a third-year student

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How to Apply

Let's Celebrate Delaware Goes to College Month!  Check out the great resources to research your preferred colleges, apply, and enroll!

Delaware students should contact their counselors to apply to DCAD or visit DCAD to receive an application fee waiver!

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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. 


• Close-knit, creative community of 200 student artist/designers
• Nurturing faculty of professional artists and designers who provide meaningful mentorship
• Student-faculty ratio of 12:1 ensures your advisor knows you, your work, and maximizes your potential as an artist and designer
• 90% first year retention rate vs. 80% at 4-year art & design schools


• Tuition and housing cost less than other private art & design schools
• Students may transfer directly as a third-year student to other art & design schools
• Students may take advantage of internship opportunities to earn while they learn
• 69% of all students graduate on time vs. 52% at 4-year art & design schools


• Opportunities to curate your own exhibitions, initiate clubs, program activities, and explore arts and culture in Wilmington, the Brandywine Valley, and beyond
• From our monthly Art Loops, to the Animation Club (plus the Annual Egg Drop, Holiday Food Drives, Drop-in Yoga and DCAD’s take on Halloween, ‘Spirit Week’), students create and participate in activities and college traditions that support causes and build community
• A sense of family and commitment to student success promotes creativity, personal expression, and individual achievement


See for Yourself: We invite you to visit our creative 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. 

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  • Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2018
  • Deadline for Early Action Admission is December 1
  • Deadline for merit-based scholarship consideration is March 15

Tuition Deposit

Students who decide to attend DCAD should 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.

Learn more about Delaware Goes to College and College Application Month here - you'll find wonderful resources for students & parents!