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Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Memphis College of Art is dedicated to teaching the practice, history, and appreciation of visual art and design, while challenging all students to reach their highest individual potential. We prepare graduates to succeed in their careers and change the world through their creativity. 

Master's Programmes



Mid-South School of Fine Arts was incorporated as a Tennessee non-profit educational corporation by charter recorded April 9, 1936 in the office of the Tennessee Secretary of State. On July 3, 1936, the name was changed to The Memphis Academy of Arts, and on February 15, 1985, the name was changed to Memphis College of Art.


At the core of the College are its rigorous academic programs. Whether studying at the undergraduate or graduate level, each student is guided through the intellectual and technical aspects of art making and discourse. To provide the best experience for learning, small classes (typical studio class size is 12–15) are prepared and offered by a faculty of artists and scholars, all dedicated to the personal growth and development of each student.


Any member of the Memphis College of Art community who receives a complaint from a member of the general public about MCA, its faculty, staff or students should advise that person to submit his or her complaint in writing to the Assistant to the President. The Assistant will receive any written complaint from the general public and direct it to the appropriate resolution.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

Memphis College of Art’s Office of Student Affairs is available to assist students with any problems or concerns that may arise in their college experience. Student Affairs staff are located in Gibson Hall at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Tucker Street.

Housing services

Our newest residences offer suite-style, single furnished bedrooms with shared bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen, and furnished living room. Studio space is available on the top floor of the building for residents. Secure gated grounds and parking are accessed with magnetic key cards.

Medical services

We recommend sleep and healthy eating, but when flu and cold season comes around, we can get you into see a doctor almost always on the same day.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Main Gallery, Alumni Gallery, President’s Office, Academic Affairs, Advancement, Communications, Registrar, Faculty Offices, Undergraduate Classrooms, Café
  • Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Services, Career Services, Community Education, IT, Facilities Maintenance, Faculty Offices


Memphis College of Art is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. 

Memphis, Tennessee, United States