MCAD has received numerous art and design education awards and accolades:
- Art and Object has named MCAD as one of the top five art schools in the Midwest.
- The Princeton Review has included MCAD on its annual Best Midwestern Colleges List for more than ten years—a rarity for a visual arts college.
- The highly respected design publication I.D. has recognized MCAD as one of the top ten design schools in the world.
- U.S. 新闻 & World Report has listed MCAD's master of fine arts program as one of the top in the nation.
- Dwell magazine has credited MCAD as a key player in supporting Minneapolis’s renowned arts infrastructure.
- Animation Career Review has listed MCAD's programs among the best in the Midwest, including our programs in animation, graphic design, illustration. We are also among the top 20 schools for illustration in the nation.
- MCAD's fully online master of arts in graphic and web design program has been named a top program by intelligent.com, with a special nod to our amazing faculty.
- College Gazette named MCAD as one of the ten best online schools in the United States.