About

Memphis College of Art is dedicated to teaching the practice, history, and appreciation of visual art and design, while challenging all students to reach their highest individual potential. We prepare graduates to succeed in their careers and change the world through their creativity. A 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio ensures an abundance of personal interaction with professors, providing hands-on instruction and guidance, nurturing talent and encouraging students to take creative risks to grow as artists. MCA’s rigorous curriculum is integrated with Professional Practices, a unique program of classes and experiences that hone business and entrepreneurial skills. Community Education classes for youth and adults are offered year-round, including a Summer Art Camp accredited by the American Camp Association for children and young artists of all ages. The college additionally offers free gallery exhibitions and artist lectures, which are open to the public throughout the year. Set in Overton Park—a lush 342-acre park in Midtown Memphis that also contains the Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis Zoo, and Levitt Shell—MCA is a unique, generative environment where artists thrive. The college celebrated 80 years of operation in 2016, and is poised for many more years of making art work.

Memphis College of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and offers degrees in a wide range of artistic study. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs include:

  • BFA in Animation
  • BFA in Art Education
  • BFA in Graphic Design
  • BFA in Illustration
  • BFA in Illustration with a track in Comics
  • BFA in Painting/Drawing
  • BFA in Photography

BFA in Fine Arts – with concentrations in:

  • Drawing/Painting
  • Metals
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

BFA in Design Arts – with a concentration in:

  • Graphic Design

Master of Fine Arts:

  • MFA in Illustration
  • MFA in Metals
  • MFA in Painting/Drawing
  • MFA in Photography
  • MFA in Studio Art

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Art Education (MAArtEd)

Memphis College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Additional Information