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Kendall College of Art and Design

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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is a college of art and design located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1928 as a private art academy, the college merged with Ferris State University in 2000. Offering bachelor's and master's degree programs encompassing design, visual arts, decorative arts, art history, and critical theory, KCAD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. According to U.S. News & World Report, KCAD's Master of Fine Arts program in Studio Art is ranked #110 in the United States, tied with those of California State University, Chico, and California State University, Long Beach. The college's primary offering is its four-year undergraduate program, which combines general-education courses based on a model it calls Pathways, common foundational subjects, and a concentration of courses specific to each area of study, usually with a heavy studio focus. Kendall offers degrees in: Art History: Studio (BA), Art History: Academic (BA), Art History (AA), Collaborative Design (BFA), Design Studies (AFA), Digital Art and Design: Entertainment Arts (BFA), Digital Art and Design: Multimedia Design (BFA), Drawing (BFA), Fashion Studies (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Illustration (BFA), Interior Design (BFA), Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration (BFA), Painting (BFA), Photography (BFA), Product Design: Furniture Design (BFA), Product Design: Industrial Design (BFA), Product Design: Metals/Jewelry Design (BFA), and Sculpture/Functional Art (BFA). Spring 2022, enrollment is 562. Kendall offers graduate programs in several disciplines: Architecture (MArch), Certificate in Design and Innovation Management (MBA), Painting (MFA), Visual and Critical Studies (Certificate), and Design (MA). It offers dual-enrollment programs through several area high schools, in which students receive both high school and college credit.
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