Memphis College of Art

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Memphis College of Art
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Type Private (Not-for-profit)
Established 1936
President Ron Jones
Students 450
Undergraduates 350
Postgraduates 100
Location Memphis, TN, USA
Campus 8 acres
Colors Blue     and Silver     
Affiliations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Website Official Website

Coordinates: 35°08′15″N 90°01′14″W / 35.1376°N 90.0205°W / 35.1376; -90.0205

Memphis College of Art
Formerly known as James Lee Memorial Art Academy and then the Memphis Academy of Arts, the school was housed in the James Lee/ Goyer House

Memphis College of Art, known before 1985 as the Memphis Academy of Art and first established as James Lee Memorial Art Academy in the James Lee House, is a small, private college of art and design located in Memphis, Tennessee's Overton Park adjacent to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. It offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Some of the majors include graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, computer arts, photography, animation, and illustration. It was founded in 1936 and was once housed in the James Lee House.[1] Since 1959, the main building of the college has been Rust Hall, an award-winning example of mid-century architecture designed by Roy Harrover.

Memphis College of Art averages around 450 students each year, with 350 being undergraduate and 100 being graduate students. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community. It has enabled generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. It extends its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, continuing education, children's classes, and visiting artist lectures. It is more affordable, compared to similar colleges, as per Princeton Review. There is student housing on N. Rembert St., N. Tucker St., and two new buildings on N. Barksdale, Metz Hall and Fogelman Hall.


  1. ^ Abandoned Memphis mansion James Lee House Abandoned Memphis The Commercial Appeal

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