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Delaware College of Art and Design

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) was founded in 1997 through a partnership between the Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. DCAD's mission is to educate talented and committed students to become art makers, idea generators, problem solvers, and visual communicators who can redefine the way we perceive and experience the world around us. DCAD's associate of fine arts (AFA) degree program is offered in five disciplines: Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Apart from the traditional disciplines of the fine artist, these include opportunities in publishing, marketing, computer graphics, advertising, packaging, display design, and photography. In addition to studio courses, courses in art history and writing and literature (combined) complete the curriculum. Most students transfer to other colleges that offer the BFA degree. The College is independently accredited regionally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and nationally by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Delaware College of Art & Design
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TypePrivate Art School
Established1997 (1997)[1]
PresidentJean Dahlgren [1]
Academic staff
Undergraduates254 (Fall 2011)[1]
Other students
500 (continuing education)[1]
Location, ,


DCAD offers apartment-style dormitories in the Saville Residence Hall directly across Sixth Street from the studio and academic facilities at 600 N. Market St., and in the next block to the north at 707 N. King Street. A multimillion-dollar (4.7m US$) expansion in student housing opened for Fall 2012 in response to a significant increase in requests for on-campus residency. The former hotel's kitchen has been transformed into a student cafeteria for all resident and commuting students. The 600 North Market building was the initial opening site for the College with an entering student population of 50.[1] The Tatiana Copeland Student Center, located in the Market Street side of the Saville, opened in March 2009. It provides a student lounge, bookstore and in-house art supply area.[2] On the first floor of the North Market Street side of the 707 building, Jerry's Artarama modifies its paradigm and opened their first urban retail location because Wilmington and the area was without a full-service art and materials store for many years. The result of this partnership with DCAD marked the first "destination" retail store opening in Wilmington in its latest revitalization. Jerry's relocated to Newark, Del., in 2018 but continues to stock supplies for DCAD students in Wilmington.

The Office of Student Services is responsible for overseeing the general welfare of students, offering support services and for planning both recreational and educational activities. Support services offered are career counseling, health and safety education, academic support, and personal counseling. A Student Council facilitates participation and input from the student body.


Delmarva Power & Light Building
Location600 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE
Coordinates39°44′31″N 75°33′00″W / 39.741909°N 75.549869°W / 39.741909; -75.549869Coordinates: 39°44′31″N 75°33′00″W / 39.741909°N 75.549869°W / 39.741909; -75.549869
Architectural styleArt Deco[3]
MPSMarket Street MRA[3]
NRHP reference #85000149[3]
Added to NRHPJanuary 30, 1985[3]

DCAD is located in downtown Wilmington in the former Delmarva Power headquarters building at 600 N. Market St.. The building has been converted for use as studio and classroom space, as well as administrative offices for DCAD faculty and staff. The building was built in the Art Deco style with an Aztec motif.[4]

Located across Sixth Street is the Saville, which serves as one of two on-campus residence halls and houses the Copeland student center.[5] This building was the former Mullins clothing store, which was converted to apartments in the mid-1980s. The faded Mullins advertising can still be seen on the brick south side of the building.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Parra, Esteban (14 Jan 2012), "College of Art will expand at hotel site", The News Journal,, retrieved 14 Jan 2012
  2. ^ Serio, Christine. "Getting Comfy". Wilmington City Life. Retrieved 2008-09-26.[dead link] checked for archived link; not found
  3. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Historic Building Notes on Selected Market Street Properties (PDF), East Coast Greenway, 5 Aug 2008, archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2008, retrieved 10 Mar 2009
  5. ^ Kipp, Rachel (26 Apr 2007), "The little (arts) college that could", The News Journal, archived from the original on 2007, retrieved 11 Oct 2008

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