Coordinates: 35°08′15″N 90°01′14″W / 35.1376°N 90.0205°W / 35.1376; -90.0205
Memphis College of Art, known before 1985 as the Memphis Academy of Arts 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. It is now in a building with 1950s architecture.
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 most recently on N. Barksdale, in a building called Metz Hall, which is also based on 1950s architecture.
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