AICAD Exchange Program
Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
A Consortium of Leading Art and Design Colleges in the U.S.
Various locations within US, Canada and Japan
WHAT: Through the AICAD Exchange Program, students can spend a semester affiliated with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. This program makes the faculty, course offerings and resources of these schools available to MCAD students with ease of accessibility and without special cost. Not all AICAD schools participate in the Exchange Program, so check with Student Affairs to obtain a current list.
WHEN: Fall or spring semester.
ELIGIBILITY: Qualified students may participate in this program their junior year (priority may be given to students who have not participated in prior off-campus study programs). A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Open to all majors.
The number of students allowed to participate in Mobility is solely determined by the host insitution. Students apply to the program by completing a Mobility application form available in the Student Affairs Office (M104). You should speak to the International Student Advisor in Student Affairs to discuss your application process. Upon completing the application and all components, the MCAD Mobility Coordinator will send your application and portfolio to the Mobility Coordinator at the school to which you are applying. The institution to which you are applying retains discretion to accept or deny individual applications. Host institutions determine the total number of mobility students it will accept for any given semester.
CURRICULUM: Varies. Student may register for classes on site at the host institution (12-15 credits). Grades received from the host institution during the Mobility semester become part of the student's official record at MCAD.
Download the AICAD Mobility Information Sheet to learn more about the program.
For More Information: http://aicad.org/
WHAT: Founded in 1993 on the Weimar site of the Bauhaus, this program offers self-motivated students the chance to participate in an innovative, interdisciplinary and project-oriented program. Students may study Fine Arts, Media/Photography, or Visual Communication. Courses are taught in German. The program includes a one-month intensive course in the German language for international students, taught at the beginning of the term.
Weimar is located in the picturesque Thüringen region in the Eastern part of Germany, with short travel times to either Frankfurt or Berlin. In 1998, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed the town of Weimar to its World Heritage List.
WHEN: Spring Semester - March through Mid-July
ELIGIBILITY: Qualified students may apply to participate in this program during the spring of their junior year. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Students should ideally have prior exposure to the German language, but this is not required. Two students chosen per Spring semester. Best suited for Fine and Media Arts Majors.
CURRICULUM: Courses are taught in German. Students take 15 credits graded by Bauhaus faculty in the following areas:
- Interdisciplinary and Project Oriented Fine Arts
- Computer Animation
- Visual Communications
Quotable Quote: "Wherever I traveled I was always taking photos. I was in an exhibition in Ramala, Israel. The most valuable part of my experience was the people I met and the work that came along with it. It was truly one of the best experiences in my life." (Alyssa Bozekowski, Spring 2008)
Download the Bauhaus Universität to learn more about the program.
For More Information: https://www.uni-weimar.de/de/universitaet/start/
What: Modern architecture and state-of-the-art equipment in the Alps and a mountain lake bordering Switzerland and Germany is what characterizes the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. BS: VIS and Web and Multimedia Environments majors are encouraged to use the film studio, recording studio, computer labs, equipped with projection equipment.
When: Spring Semester - February - July
Eligibility: Qualified students may apply to this program for their junior year (priority may be given to students who have not participated in prior off-campus study programs). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. One student chosen per semester. Must be a BS: VIS or Web and Multimedia Environments major.
Curriculum: Students take 15 studio credits graded by the Fachhochschule faculty. In-depth modules or interdisciplinary media design and projects may require group projects in the areas of strategic planning or business plan development. Students may take a non-credit bearing German culture and communication language class.
Quotable Quote: "I was always producing some kind of art." Yuichiro Tanabe Fall 2005
Download the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg Information Sheet to learn more about the program.
For more information: https://www.fhv.at/en/studies/international/exchange-students-incomings/
Florence Honors Program
What: This program was created in 1989 to provide an opportunity for students to explore art on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Each year, the exchange program provides that experience for three students from Italian schools and three from MCAD. In Florence, self-motivated students from Minneapolis may attend classes at three schools: Accademia di Belle Arti, Istituto Statale dâ€™Arte, and/or Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche and will set learning objectives with their MCAD advisor before they depart. The program includes a one-month intensive course in the Italian language and is taught at the beginning of the term.
When: Spring Semester - January-May
Eligibility: Qualified students may apply to this program for their junior year (priority may be given to students who have not participated in prior off-campus study programs). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Three students per spring semester. Open to all majors.
Download the Florence Honors Program Information to learn more about the program.
University of Brighton
WHAT: Located on the beautiful south coast of England, Brighton is a vibrant and busy city just one hour from London. Participants in this program may study Graphic Design or Illustration, and is geared towards students who enjoy working independently within a project-oriented environment. Programs are structured to promote individual creative exploration with both University of Brighton tutors and an extensive roster of Great Britain's top illustrators and designers.
WHEN: Spring Semester - January–June
ELIGIBILITY: Qualified students may apply to this program for their Junior year (priority may be given to students who have not participated in prior off-campus study programs). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Two students chosen per Spring semester. Must be an Illustration or Graphic Design major.
CURRICULUM: Students take 12 studio credits graded by Brighton faculty. Students may take a three credit Liberal Arts elective. The curriculum has two concentrations: Illustration (very independent, personally initiated work, each student has a personal tutor) and Graphic Design (more project oriented).
Quotable Quote: "Classes are going really well, I've enjoyed all of the briefs thus far and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. I do not find it difficult to get input when I need it. The tutors have all been extremely welcoming." Tuesday Bassen, 2010
Download the University of Brighton Information Sheet to learn more about the program.
For More Information: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/index.aspx
Royal Academy of Art
The Hague, The Netherlands
WHAT: The Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten or KABK) prepares students to become self-aware artists and designers who make a significant contribution to their discipline and society with their passion, profundity and experimental attitude. Established in 1682, KABK is one of Europe's oldest academies. With over 1000 students and 150 international students from 50 countries, KABK exudes creativity, innovation and professionalism. Theory supports inquiring attitudes and tutors from prominent positions in their fields coach students in well equipped workshops.
WHEN: Spring Semester - January-June
ELIGIBILITY: Qualified students may apply to this program for their Junior year (priority may be given to students who have not participated in prior off-campus study programs). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. One student chosen per Spring semester. Must be a Graphic Design major.
CURRICULUM: Courses are taught in Dutch. Dutch language course provided during the semester. Students take 15 studio credits graded by KABK faculty.
Download the Royal Academy of Art Information Sheet to learn more about the program.
For More Information: https://www.kabk.nl/