Cranbrook Academy of Art is a dynamic community of architects, artists, and designers working together to shape the future of visual and material culture. Ranked as one of the country’s top graduate-only programs in architecture, design, and fine art, Cranbrook is a place for students who are looking to leave their MFA program prepared to immediately enter the industry or open their own studio practice.

There are no formal classes or set schedules at Cranbrook. Only unlimited studio time and critical discussion of work with your peers and industry leaders. With no traditional classes, you’re free to focus on your work — not a curriculum. You’ll work alongside a carefully selected cohort of artists who have the same dedication to building their professional life in art, architecture, and design.

The Academy’s community comprises up to 150 graduate students working in 11 disciplines: Architecture, 2D Design, 3D Design, 4D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. Each department has its own artist-in-residence serving as attentive mentors, and students are active contributors to the intellectual and creative resources of the community.

This year, Cranbrook is offering up to 10 full-tuition fellowships as part of its newly established Gilbert Fellows program, thanks to Jennifer and Dan Gilbert’s transformational $30 million gift intended to create new pathways for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access to graduate education.

If you feel this is the right environment for you, we welcome your application to join our community. There simply is no other school — no other place — like this.

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Priority for fellowships will be given to those who apply by January 15, 2022.