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Our Mission:

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. 

Faculty Statement:

Memphis College of Art educates future artists who value engagement, creativity and expertise in the visual arts guided by an intelligent and informed faculty and a curriculum that prepares students to achieve success.

MCA’s faculty is distinguished by excellence in teaching that derives from their lives as creative professionals.

We believe in the value of curiosity, knowledge and enthusiasm for learning that stimulates and encourages creative individuals to become accomplished artists, designers and artist-teachers.

We believe in faculty mentorship of our students through the exchange of meaningful professional and life experiences.

We believe in the value of curiosity, knowledge and enthusiasm for learning that stimulates and encourages creative individuals to become accomplished artists, designers and artist-teachers.

We believe in faculty mentorship of our students through the exchange of meaningful professional and life experiences.

We believe in using physical, intellectual and emotional senses to expand awareness and comprehension of life.

We believe in providing life experience beyond the confines of the classroom that actively engages nature, art and culture.

We believe in the essential role of our Art History and Liberal Arts curricula, which complement studio coursework in the development and refinement of the critical and conceptual abilities of our students.

We believe that visual learning begins in Foundations/Core classes that are fortified and expanded by the application of rigorous studio art and design practices.

We believe that individual expression of ideas requires proficiency with materials, technology, craft and hand skills.

We believe that cohesive, interrelated curricular goals and collegial faculty interaction promote an engaging, productive and critically creative learning environment.

We believe in encouraging students to stretch beyond the limits of their experience by promoting and valuing a variety of informed points of view and ways of working.

We believe it is our responsibility to provide our students with the knowledge and life skills that will prepare them for lives as creative professionals.

We believe that the quality of an MCA education, with a focus on professional competence, will maximize the potential of graduates to make meaningful careers in their chosen fields.

Accreditation:

  • Memphis College of Art is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Memphis College of Art.
  • The Art Education and Teachers Education Programs of Memphis College of Art have been approved by the Tennessee Board of Education.
  • Memphis College of Art is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

MCA Quick Facts:

  • There are 67 full- and part-time faculty members. Ninety percent of full-time teaching faculty members have terminal degrees in their fields.
  • Memphis College of Art has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, and an average class size of 17.
  • Memphis College of Art’s student body consists of 400-450 students.
  • A diverse population of students represents 25 states and five foreign countries. Sixty percent are from the Mid-South. About half of Memphis College of Art’s student population is from outside Tennessee.
  • Memphis College of Art has more than 75,000 square feet of student housing.
  • Ninety-three percent of Memphis College of Art students receive some type of financial assistance and 74 percent receive loans. More than $2 million is awarded annually in institutional aid. Assistance programs include scholarships, loans, work study, and grants. Thirty-eight percent of students that are Tennessee state residents are Lottery Scholarship recipients.

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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