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Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

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Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

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The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) is a non-profit consortium of 43 leading art and design colleges in the United States and Canada. All AICAD member institutions have a curriculum with full liberal arts and sciences requirements complementing studio work, and all are accredited to grant the BFA and/or MFA degrees. To qualify for AICAD membership, an art school must satisfy four criteria: be a free-standing college (not a division of a larger college or university) specializing in art or design; be a non-profit institution; grant the BFA and/or MFA degree; and have accreditation from both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the relevant academic accrediting organization in their region.

AICAD was founded in 1991 by a group of art college presidents for the purpose of sharing information among similar institutions and acting collectively. Its mission is to strengthen and connect the member colleges, and to inform the public about these colleges and the value of studying art and design. More information about AICAD and its member colleges is available on the organization's website.[1]

AICAD distributes information about the organization and its members, and about art and design education and careers, to potential students, parents, teachers, and others. It conducts regular conferences and symposia on contemporary academic and administrative subjects, operates an independent studio and internship program in New York City (The New York Studio Residency Program), oversees student exchanges and mobility among the member schools, gathers and analyzes institutional data to assist in future planning efforts. It also provides members with information about current art and design education issues as well as information on relevant legislation and government policies.


University-status schools

Art-only schools

International Affiliates

Regional accrediting agencies

New York Studio Residency Program

The New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), a project of AICAD, is a one-semester program in New York City for undergraduate fine arts students enrolled at AICAD colleges. The program emphasizes independent, self-directed study in the context of its location in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 15 to 20 students enrolled each fall and spring semester come from all over the US and Canada.


  1. ^ About AICAD
  2. ^ Art Institute of Boston

External links

  • AICAD website
  • New York Studio Residency Program website
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