AICAD Extended Opportunities

AICAD Exchange

Through the AICAD Exchange program, full-time students who are attending one of the 35 participating AICAD schools, have the unique opportunity to attend another school within AICAD for one semester at no additional cost or loss of credit. The AICAD Exchange offers students the experience and benefit of studying at a different school and living in a different geographic area.By sharing resources and facilities, AICAD colleges offer unparalleled educational opportunities to students at AICAD schools.

Students Apply for AICAD Exchange HERE

DEADLINES: Applications must be received by the host school no later than: April 10 (Fall Term) and November 1 (Spring term)

Please note: The Spring 2018 term application is now live and will close on the application deadline of November 1.

Participating AICAD Schools

Alberta College of Art & Design
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College For Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art & Design
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Memphis College of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art & Design
New Hampshire Institute of Art
NSCAD University
OCAD University
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Otis College of Art & Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art & Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
University of the Arts
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Foundation Year

Many AICAD schools have a compulsory first year curriculum which is sometimes referred to as Foundation Year. During this first year, students follow the same course of study - which introduces the institution's pedagogical approach - before they move on to studio majors as sophomores. The Foundation Year curriculum is designed to instruct all students (regardless of abilities, skills and interests) on the basic tenants of art and design, and usually includes general 2D and 3D studio courses and opportunities to explore various departmental majors.


In addition to the 42 full member schools in the US & Canada within the network, AICAD has three long-standing International Affiliate schools in Japan, Ireland and Israel. Through the International Affiliate program, AICAD has broadened its membership and enhanced the dialogue at the Executive level, which in turn brings greater global opportunity to the students of all AICAD schools.

Located Ballyvaughan, Ireland, the Burren College of Art offers students an intimate community with a maximum enrollment of 55 undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, there are specific study abroad opportunities available to AICAD students who are interested in studying at the Burren College of Art.

Through a range of programs, faculty and visiting artists create an exciting platform for discussion, artistic collaboration and cross-disciplinary study.


Located in Jerusalem, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design enrolls over 2000 students studying towards undergraduate degrees in the following departments: Fine Arts, Screen Based Arts, Architecture, Ceramics and Glass Design, Industrial Design, Jewelry and Fashion Design, Photography and Visual Communication. In addition, Bezalel offers graduate degrees in the fields of Fine Arts, Urban Design, Industrial Design and Policy and Theory of the Arts. Each department preserves the traditional knowledge, tools, materials and workshops collected over many decades, while using state-of-the-art software and cutting-edge technologies.

Founded in 1964, Osaka University of Arts (OUA) offers 14 undergraduate majors in the fine arts, design, architecture, Literature, Broadcasting, Photography, Crafts, Visual Concept Planning, Theatrical Arts, Art Planning, Character Creative Arts, Musicology, Music Performance, Art and Primary Education. Additionally, there are specific study abroad opportunities available to AICAD students interested in studying at OUA.

How to become an international affiliate:
AICAD is always open to receiving applications for new international affiliate members per its ongoing desire to connect with those institutions internationally that share similar structure to AICAD schools (independent, specialized, degree-granting schools of art and design) and share our values and commitment to quality of education

International Affiliate candidates must be directly referred to the AICAD Board of Trustees via one or more of our full member institutions. Applications for International Affiliate membership are first vetted through our Executive Committee, who then presents appropriate applications to the full Board of Trustees for a vote.

Academic Symposia

AICAD coordinates an annual Symposium each fall that is hosted by one of the member schools. This three-day meeting brings together educators, administrators and students to engage in rich conversations on a timely academic topic.

These symposia are primarily intended to benefit faculty and academic staff such as department chairs, though many senior level administrators and college presidents attend as well.


November 3-6, 2016
Beyond the BFA
Ringling College of Art and Design

2015: Exploring Science in the Studio
California College of the Arts

2013: AICAD Conference at Maryland Institute College of Art
New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning
Seminar Descriptions, sessions and presentations

2012: AICAD Conference at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Sessions and Presentations

AICAD Post MFA Teaching Fellowship

The AICAD Post MFA Fellowship offers eligible candidates a one-year teaching position at a participating AICAD institution and provides significant professional practice opportunities to high-achieving graduate alumni. In contributing to the goal of increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of our faculty, AICAD aspires to create a climate that recognizes and values diversity as central to excellence.

Global Ecologies Program

The Global Ecologies Studio at Burren College of Art is a fantastic opportunity for art students, independent artists or interested researchers from adjacent fields within the humanities and natural sciences to explore art making while examining various concepts found in ecology and earth systems. This 4-week class (June 24th - July 22, 2017) is based at the Burren College of Art, located in the Burren of Western Ireland, which provides a unique experiential and observable location with which to explore the relationships between landscape and the social sphere.

Applications are welcome through February 15, 2017 and can be submitted Here starting on November 1, 2016.