Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Program Overview

As a professional school of art and design, MCA offers BFA degrees in visual arts at the undergraduate level. Within these degrees, students choose from an array of majors and concentrations that provide a variety of avenues to suit individual interests and needs. At the heart of the curriculum is a vigorous Foundations and Core Program of studio practice and intellectual rigor driven by the Liberal Arts program.

Degree programs include:

  • BFA in Animation
  • 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 concentration in:

  • Graphic Design

Areas of interest include:

  • Liberal Arts – General Ed
  • Foundations
  • Animation
  • Comics
  • Digital Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Metals
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Student Achievement Outcomes

Job Placement:

Class of Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Total number of graduates: 85
Number of Respondents: 67
Percentage of Respondents: 79%
Total number of respondents who report working in any field or grad school: 95%
Total number of respondents who report working in art-related field: 82%
Total number of respondents who report enrollment in graduate programs: 8%
Total number of respondents who report working in art-related field and/or enrollment in graduate programs: 83%

Class of Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Total number of graduates: 92
Number of Respondents: 84
Percentage of respondents: 91%
Total number of respondents who report working in any field: 89%
Total number of respondents who report working in art-related field: 82 %
Total number of respondents reporting enrollment in graduate programs: 11%

Class of Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Total number of graduates: 92
Number of Respondents: 65
Percentage of respondents: 66%
Total number of respondents who reporting working in any field: 95%
Total number of respondents who report working in art-related field: 88%
Total number of respondents reporting enrollment in graduate programs: 9%

Completion Rates:

Memphis College of Art Freshman to Sophomore rate goal: 75%
Fall 2013 First-time, Full-time Freshman to Sophomore rate: 68%

Memphis College of Art 6-Year Graduation rate goal: 66%
(Fall 2006 cohort national average at private, non-profit institution,
https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=40)
Six-year graduation rate (Fall 2008 cohort): 53%

Retention/Attrition Rate:

Memphis College of Art Retention goal for the academic year: 80%
Fall 2013-14 retention for the academic year: 74%

Undergraduate Course Completion:

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Term/Year Successful Course Completion Unsuccessful Course Completion Non-completion
Fall 2012 91.3% 2.2% 6.5%
Fall 2013 89.5% 4.4% 6.1%
Fall 2014 89.0% 4.3% 6.7%
Spring 2013 91.7% 2.4% 5.9%
Spring 2014 91.2% 3.9% 4.9%
Spring 2015 TBD TBD TBD
Summer 2014 99.3% 0.6% 0.0%
Summer 2015 TBD TBD TBD

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