DCAD’S intimate campus offers the convenience of classes, a cafeteria and housing within a two-block expanse. Gender-neutral housing options and emotional support animal accommodations are available.

Located in the Creative District of downtown Wilmington, DCAD’s historic, Art Deco academic building offers six floors that include a dark room and photography studios, Mac and PC computer labs, an animation studio with shooting stations, conventional classrooms, the Edgar A. Thronson Library and painting, drawing and design studios awash in natural light. Since the College opened in 1997, numerous coffee shops, restaurants, live music venues and creative firms and spaces have opened their doors near DCAD. This vibrant community is enhanced by the interaction between the College and local businesses and organizations.

Some days a DCAD class might be studying the lettering choices of area companies while another may set up at the nearby Delaware Historical Society property to draw. Other days, individual students might be enhancing their campus studies with internships, part-time jobs or volunteer work at city locations. Students often explore various sites throughout Wilmington and use their streetscapes, buildings, skyline and architectural elements in both their assignments and their recreational artmaking.

Student housing options include The 707 Residence Hall, which houses the 707 Café, and The Saville Residence Hall, which houses the Tatiana Copeland Student Center. Each campus resident is provided with a regular twin bed, a drafting table and an artist’s stool, and use of laundry facilities is included in student housing fees. Because safety is a priority at DCAD, each residence hall is locked 24 hours a day. Entrance is possible only with an electronic key fob, which is issued to each resident upon move-in. All DCAD buildings include a full sprinkler system, and each residence unit is equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

In addition, resident assistants live in each building. These returning students are trained to serve as resources for College and community information; enforce policies; provide advice and guidance; organize student activities; and function as role models for their peers.

Residence Halls
  • The Saville

    The Saville occupies the corners of Sixth and Market and Sixth and King streets, directly across from DCAD’s academic building. The site spent much of the 20th century as the James T. Mullins and Sons department store before first being converted into an apartment building and then becoming part of DCAD. The Saville offers bedroom and living/work spaces and can house two, three or four residents.

    Each unit includes:

    • A full bathroom
    • A kitchen with a stove, a dishwasher and a full-size refrigerator
    • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
    • Closet space

    Tatiana Copeland Student Center

    The first floor of The Saville features the Tatiana Copeland Student Center, a gathering spot offering game tables, study nooks, Wi-Fi, vending machines and the DCAD Student Gallery. In addition to Student Gallery Club-curated exhibitions, the Center hosts music performances, game competitions, poetry readings, meetings of other campus clubs and study groups.

  • The 707

    Located at 707 N. King St., a block-and-a-half northeast of DCAD’s academic building, 707 is a former hotel converted into student housing. It offers double- and triple-occupancy, studio-style units that offer far more square footage per student than the national standard. The building’s second floor offers a quiet study lounge.

    Each unit includes:

    • A full bathroom, featuring ceramic tile and marble countertops
    • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
    • Closet or wardrobe space for each resident

    707 Café

    The first floor of 707 features the 707 Café, a bright, relaxing atmosphere where both residents and commuters enjoy diverse, well-rounded meals – which include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options – for eating in or grabbing and going. Dining services are provided by CulinArt Inc., and the head chef is always open to student suggestions and requests for special dining needs.

    Also on the first floor, students dine, socialize and study in the main Atrium space and in the more private Gray Room lounge. A media wall in the Atrium includes a television, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the area. The Resident Assistant Security Desk also is located here, and a laundry facility and a vending machine room are adjacent.