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MCAD Art & Design Classes for Teens

School-Year Art and Design Classes for Teens

Did you know the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) offers a selection of classes throughout the school year for teens? Many Continuing Education (CE) classes are open to teens ages 16 and above. There are also several classes available this fall specifically for high school students. Whether your teen is preparing for college or simply exploring their interests, MCAD’s CE classes offer the chance to learn from professional artists at one of the top art and design colleges in the Midwest.

Pre-College Weekend Intensive: Comic Art

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29-30

Pre-College Weekend Intensive: Animation
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29–30

Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive. Working with skilled instructors, students will work on a comic art or animation project in an immersive learning environment. Classes feature technical demonstrations, discussions with visiting artists, and information sessions with admission counselors about portfolio development and the art school application process.

Portfolio Preparation 

Saturdays, Sept 29–Oct 27 (No class October 20)

Develop exemplary observational drawing for your college portfolio while working with still-life, landscape, and figurative subject matter. Professional nude models will be used in this class.

Student Artist Deadline March 15


Assistance is available to students for a mentorship and/or to attend a training workshop that is not related to credit. Students must be in high school and a resident of our seven county region. Grants can be used for visual art, fine art craft, photography, videography, theater, dance, music, and creative writing.  Look below for a list of Minnesota based camps.  These grants are for $500.00.  Deadline: March 15

Instructions to apply…

  1. First print out the Fact Sheet for a quick reference to the program.
  2. Then read the Instructions for Completing the Student Artist Training Application.
  3. Decide whether you would like to fill in the application on-line or request a pdf version sent to your email.
  4. Complete the application and mail to our office by the deadline.
    If you are awarded a grant, please complete this Student final report form in Word.  This report is due 60 days after your project’s ending date.

Below is a list of MN based organizations that offer opportunities and camps for students.  Please surf around these sites, that Therese has provided.  She researched where kids can go to learn in MN!   Students can also work one-on-one with a mentor (teacher) who lives in our area.  Pictured above is Karlee with her high school teacher Erin Nelson.  Karlee completed a mentorship in painting with a $500.00 grant from NWMAC.

1. UMN School of Music


  1. MCAD: Minneapolis College of Art & Design



The Children’s Theatre Company Theatre Arts Training


  1. 11th Annual Allegro Orchestra Camp


  1. Sing Minnesota


  1. Carleton College



  1. The Art Institutes International Minnesota



  1. The Loft Literary Center



  1. Trollwood



  1. Northern Clay Center