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The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) was founded in 1997 through a partnership between 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 six disciplines: Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, 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.
DCAD offers apartment style dormitory in the Saville Apartments directly across Sixth Street from studio and academic facilities at 600 N. Market Street. The Copeland Student Center, located in the Market Street side of the Saville Apartment building, is scheduled to open in December 2008. It provides a student lounge, gym, bookstore and art supply area.
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 and personal counseling. A Student Council facilitates participation and input from the student body.
DCAD is located in downtown Wilmington in the former Delmarva Power headquarters building at 600 N. Market Street. The building has been converted for use as studio and classroom space, as well as administrative offices for DCAD faculty. The building was built in the Art Deco style with an Aztec motif.
Located across 6th Street is the Saville Apartments which serves as the on-campus dormitory and student center. This building was the former Mullins clothing store, which was converted to apartments in the mid-1980s. The Mullins faded advertising can still be seen on the brick south side of the building.