1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park
Memphis, Tennessee 38104-2764
Telephone: (901) 272-5151
Fax: (901) 272-5158
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Founded in 1936, the Memphis College of Art (MCA) is an independent, co-educational, degree-granting institution offering both undergraduate and graduate level programs in the fine arts and design arts. Concentrations include drawing, computer arts, painting, photography, graphic design, illustration, sculpture, fibers, printmaking and papermaking. Graduate degree programs include fibers, photography, painting, printmaking, papermaking, and sculpture. Internships, providing valuable work experience relating to the student's major field, are offered, and yearly museum seminar tours to places such as New York, Mexico City, or Paris are scheduled. Workshops at off-campus locations are also available. Memphis College of Art students benefit from supportive services such as orientation for new students, academic advising, personal counseling and referrals, career planning and advisement, and portfolio review and preparation. MCA operates housing facilities within a five minute walk of the campus. An on-campus cafe offers a varied menu, and the campus art supply/bookstore holds a broad range of artist's supplies for sale to MCA students. The Memphis College of Art is located in a 342-acre wooded park in midtown Memphis, Tennessee, adjacent to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis Zoo. The College's main building houses galleries, administrative offices, classrooms, studio, and computer facilities. The College operates exhibition space throughout the year, with ten to twelve exhibitions held annually. Memphis, a historic southern city rich in cultural opportunities, offers music, museums, recreation, shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities to Memphis College of Art students.

B.F.A., M.F.A.

Fine Arts (Drawing, Computer Arts, Fibers, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Papermaking, Sculpture); Design Arts (Computer Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography)

  • Completed application for admission
  • Non-refundable application fee of $25 (US currency)
  • Official High School Transcripts with certified English translations
  • Portfolio containing 10-20 pieces of student's best work, including drawing from life (still life, landscapes, portraits, self-portraits)
  • $15 mailing fee for return of original artwork (slides may be substituted)
  • Results of the TOEFL
  • Affidavit of Support (from bank or sponsor)

August 1: Fall Semester
December 1: Spring Semester


MCA provides four options for college-leased housing. They include Metz Hall, suite-style apartments with single rooms and shared common areas; At The Park, a facility housing eight furnished apartments; Overton House, offering four large, double occupancy studio apartments with a small storage room and kitchen; and Parkside with single efficiencies or doubles. A $300 deposit includes the damage fee and reservation deposit, of which $100 will be applied to the first month's rent. All apartments are within a five minute walk of the campus and are supervised by a live-in resident assistant.

Annual tuition, undergraduate: $17,400
Annual tuition, graduate: $17,800
Annual art supplies and books (estimated): $1,500-2,000
Housing, meals and other expenses, per year (estimated): $6,000- $7,000

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