AICAD – the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a non-profit consortium of 39 leading art schools in the US and Canada. It was founded in 1991 by a group of 25 presidents who felt a need for the similarly structured art schools to come together so as to mutually develop their schools and programs. Their mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively, and to inform the public about these colleges and the value of studying art and design.
This governing organization that celebrates and educates with its members. From their annual Symposium from their Teaching Fellowship program to award ceremonies for outstanding graduating members to job fairs to help their members take that next major leap into the applied world.