At a time when so much is defined by daunting challenges and sharp divisions, the future depends on individuals who can see beyond themselves, reach across boundaries, and reframe problems as opportunities to build a better tomorrow.
That’s why Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is committed to being a place where makers, communicators, problem-solvers, disruptors, experimenters, community-builders, and leaders of all kinds are united by the power of creativity to transform ourselves and the world around us.
For over 90 years, KCAD has been empowering inquisitive, driven, and passionate individuals to translate their creativity into a marketable skill set—and from there, a dynamic career. Our specialized undergraduate and graduate degree programs in design, fine art, and art history emphasize expert instruction, individualized support, close-knit relationships, and real-world learning experiences that connect students to West Michigan’s thriving creative community.
So, what makes a KCAD education different?
Personalized – KCAD inspires you to take ownership of your education and your future. That means meeting you where you are, helping you discover where you want to go, and equipping you with the means to get there.
Versatile – More than just skills in a specific discipline, KCAD programs build expertise in creative problem solving that is highly adaptable, universally applicable, and in high demand from employers and industries looking to keep pace in a rapidly-changing world.
Valuable – Your education is one of the most important investments you can make. KCAD ensures that you’ll graduate with not just a degree, but with a strong foundation of professional and personal value that will carry you forward with confidence.
Immersive – KCAD programs are highly engaging environments that emphasize hands-on learning experiences, industry interaction, collaborative real-world projects, and a close-knit community atmosphere, all of which connect you to something larger than yourself.
Resource-Rich – KCAD lives in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan—an accessible mid-size city that’s also a vibrant creative haven full of places, spaces, and people that will fuel your own ideas and actions while providing invaluable opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Where can a KCAD education take you? Our alumni are making a difference all over, from fostering successful independent design and art practices to launching their own businesses to helping power some of the world’s most influential and innovative organizations, including:
- YouTube (Mountain View, CA)
- Disney Animation Television (Glendale, CA)
- Nike (Beaverton, OR)
- Netflix (Las Gatos, CA)
- Microsoft (Redmond, WA)
- EPIC Games (Raleigh, NC)
- BBDO (Ney York, NY)
- Bissel (Grand Rapids, MI)
- Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
- Hallmark (Kansas City, MO)
- Saks Fifth Avenue (New York, NY)
- Rubbermaid (Atlanta, GA)
- Gensler (New York, NY)
- Whirlpool (Benton Harbor, MI)
- VSA Partners (Chicago, IL)
- Herman Miller (Zeeland, MI)
- La-Z-Boy (Monroe, MI)
- Gemological Institute of America (Carlsbad, CA)
- Vladimir Kagan Design Group (New York, NY)
What can I study at KCAD? Explore our program offerings below!
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Art History (BS)
Collaborative Design (BFA)
Digital Art and Design (BFA)
Fashion Studies (BFA)
Furniture Design (BFA)
Graphic Design (BFA)
Industrial Design (BFA)
Interior Design (BFA)
Medical Illustration (BFA)
Metals and Jewelry Design (BFA)
Sculpture and Functional Art (BFA)
Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Architecture
Master of Arts in Design
Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies
Master of Fine Arts Drawing
Master of Fine Arts Painting
Master of Fine Arts Photography
Master of Fine Arts Printmaking
Certificate in Design and Innovation Management