Kendall College of Art and Design
|David Wolcott Kendall Memorial School|
Kendall School of Design
|Ferris State University|
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is a college of art and design located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, founded in 1928. It offers a range of 4-year degrees in fields such as Art History, Digital Media, Fine Art, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, and Interior Design; graduate degrees in several related subjects; dual-enrollment classes for high school students; and non-credit art classes for youth and adults.
A part of Ferris State University since 2000, KCAD is certified by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The college's primary offering is its four-year undergraduate program, which combines general-education courses based on a model it calls Pathways, common foundational subjects, and a concentration of courses specific to each area of study, usually with a heavy studio focus. Kendall offers degrees in: Art Education (BFA), Art History: Studio (BS), Art History: Academic (BS), Collaborative Design (BFA), Digital Art and Design (BFA), Drawing (BFA), Fashion Studies (BFA), Furniture Design (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Illustration (BFA), Industrial Design (BFA), Interior Design (BFA), Medical Illustration (BFA), Metals/Jewelry Design (BFA), Painting (BFA), Photography (BFA), Printmaking (BFA), and Sculpture/Functional Art (BFA). There were 1,459 students enrolled at KCAD for the Fall 2013 semester.
Kendall offers graduate programs in several disciplines: Architecture (MArch), Art Education (MA), Certificate in Design and Innovation Management (MBA), Drawing (MFA), Painting (MFA), Photography (MFA), Printmaking (MFA), Visual and Critical Studies (MA), and Design (MA).
It offers dual-enrollment programs through several area high schools, in which students receive both high school and college credit. These classes are taught either on Kendall's campus or at high schools. As of 2018, the participating districts were: Allendale, Byron Center, Coopersville, Davison, Delton-Kellogg, Design Street Plainwell, East Lansing, Grand Blanc, Grand Ledge, Lake Orion, Northview, Troy, Vassar, and Waterford-Kettering.
Non-credit courses are also offered, including general interest classes for both youth and adults, and continuing studies programs for arts professionals.
The college occupies two historic structures in downtown Grand Rapids, between Division and Ionia Avenues and Fountain and Lyon Streets. The seven-story main building contains most of the college's classroom, studio, and office space. The Woodbridge N. Ferris Building contains exhibition space, the Material ConneXion Library, and additional classroom and office space.
Facilities include color and black-and-white darkrooms, photo studios, a library, galleries, an historic furniture collection, sculptural wood- and metalworking shops, a metalsmithing/jewelry design studio, digital fabrication technology such as 2 rapid prototyping systems and 4 CNC milling machines, printmaking equipment, life drawing studios, audio recording booth, 24-hour-access student studios, a coffee shop, and a bookstore with art supplies.
David Wolcott Kendall was a nationally known furniture designer, during Grand Rapids' heyday as "Furniture City". The David Wolcott Memorial School was established in 1928 by the will of Helen M. Kendall, his widow. The school opened in 1931, offering a two-year program in design, with 35 students. The school was located at 145 Fountain Street, at the western edge of what is now Heritage Hill.
In 1947, growing from an influx of students following World War 2, the school's name was changed to Kendall School of Design. In 1961, having outgrown the Heritage Hill site, it relocated to 1110 College Avenue NE in the Highland Park neighborhood. In 1977, Kendall began offering baccalaureate degrees, and in 1981 was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It moved again, to the seven-story Manufacturer's Building at 111 Division Avenue North (on the corner of Fountain Street, a short distance from the original site) in 1984.
The name of the school was changed in 1987 to Kendall College of Art and Design. As part of a merger with Ferris State University, the college bought the adjacent Interstate Building in the 1990s, constructing an atrium which became the combined structures' main entrance at 17 Fountain Street NW. In 2000 the school became formally Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and it continued renovating the new space for studio and classroom use. After the Grand Rapids Art Museum moved out of the Federal Building to the north, the university took ownership of it and reopened it as the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building in 2012 as part of the Kendall campus. In 2013, the college merged with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, which had recently relocated to a new facility a few blocks to the south, and continues to operate as an arts organization.
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