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Delaware College of Art and Design


At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 2-year

School Size & Setting

Small | Urban

Students-to-Faculty Ratio


Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), founded through a creative partnership between Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design, joins these distinguished institutions in charting the future of art and design. DCAD's mission is to educate talented and committed students to become art makers, idea generators, problem solvers, and visual communicators who can redefine the way we perceive and experience the world around us. DCAD also serves as a visible stakeholder, cultural anchor, and catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Wilmington. To accomplish this mission, DCAD: Offers comprehensive and demanding associate of fine arts degree programs that emphasize structured, visually-based, hands-on studio experiences and a rigorous academic curriculum, enabling students to continue their undergraduate education through transfer to four-year professional colleges of art and design while providing a basic foundation for successful and satisfying careers; Engages a faculty of accomplished professionals who are committed to serve as teachers, role models and mentors, as well as a qualified staff who understand, appreciate, and respond to the active and creative culture of DCAD; Nurtures a vibrant, student-centered, college community, served by state-of-the-art learning, working, and living environments that inspire personal expression and effective collaboration; Participates in Wilmington's educational and cultural life through a variety of community-based programs and activities; and- Manages its human, financial, and physical resources effectively and efficiently to advance DCAD's programs and services.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees


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Out of state


In state

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Out of state

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Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
Type of aid % of students receiving aid Average amount
Federal grants 42.0% $5,715
State/local grants 6.0% $700
Institutional grants 86.0% $9,895
Loans 82.0% $8,075

Other Estimated Costs


$14,000 per year

Books & Supplies

$3,200 per year

Personal Expenses

$5,250 per year

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Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
      • A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Graphic Design
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Photography
      • A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
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Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
  • Apply 389
  • Accepted 222
  • Attend 65

Application Fee

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Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

  • High school GPA

  • Recommendation letter

    Not applicable
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Not applicable
    (international students)

  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Not applicable
  • Demonstration of

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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
Male Students

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian38.76%
  2. Black31.01%
  3. Hispanic/Latino16.28%
  4. Not Specified7.75%
  5. Two Or More Ethnicities5.42%
  6. Asian0.78%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled


Undergraduate students


Full Time Students
Part Time Students

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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