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 Photography
BFA in Digital Media – with concentrations in:
Animation
Digital Cinema
BFA in Fine Arts – with concentrations in:
Drawing
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
BFA in Design Arts – with concentrations in:
Digital Media
Graphic Design
Illustration
Sequential Narrative

Area of study include:
Liberal Arts – General Ed
Foundations
Animation
Digital Cinema
Digital Media
Drawing
Graphic Design
Illustration
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Sequential Narrative

Student Achievement Outcomes
Job Placement:
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%

Course Completion:

Undergraduate
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 2013 98.0% 1.0% 1.0%
Summer 2014 99.3% 0.6% 0.0%
Summer 2015 TBD TBD TBD