Delaware Public Media

DCAD helping students displaced by Art Institute of Philadelphia closure

Jul 24, 2018

The Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington is stepping up to the plate to help students being displaced by the closure of the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia recently announced it will cease operations on August 28, 2018.


Like the Art Institute of Philadelphia, DCAD offers degree studies in animation and graphic design.  DCAD’s continuing education program also offers professional development courses in the Art Institute of Philadelphia majors of interior design and graphic and web design.

DCAD’s Dean, Katy Ro, says a closure of any kind is a significant issue for students.

“It’s a terrible place to be in; especially if you’re a student because here you are, making an investment, not only with your time, but also with your finances to seek a degree in order to hopefully gain the training and skills needed to enter into the workforce to find a job in something that you love doing,” Ro said. “And so as an educator and as an administrator, my heart goes out to students who are in this situation. It’s scary. It’s stressful. And it’s just concerning.      

DCAD previously worked to enroll art and design students affected by the closure of Antonelli Institute in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania this past May.


Anyone interested in enrollment options at DCAD for Fall 2018 should contact the Admissions Office by visiting the campus at 600 N. Market St. in Wilmington, calling (302) 622-8000 or emailing

Full-time degree-program tuition at DCAD is approximately $24,000 per year, about the same as was charged by the Art Institute of Philadelphia.