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International Students

Our Mission

Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a leading center for the teaching and learning of creative design arts. Since 1966, we have trained international students. We believe that with the combination of hard work and training, students gain a distinct advantage in the skills of design and business.

The small class sizes, along with the focus on entrepreneurship, provide personalized learning from our skilled instructors while earning an Associate Degree. Many colleges and universities in the United States have class sizes in excess of 100 students. Here, at VMCAD, our skills-training classes have a maximum of 10 students per instructor, and our lecture classes do not exceed 30 students. Student-focused programs and our dedication to serve our students create an environment for educational success.

Developing our students’ vision and talent is the main goal of our outstanding faculty and practicing industry professionals. We are committed to providing academic excellence for students seeking a cultural experience and a specialization in specific areas of the design industry. To learn more about our top United States design college, and the application process, fill out the form to the right.


About Cleveland

All VMCAD students take classes based on four 10-week quarters with a 3-week break between each quarter.

  • A vibrant art and music scenes, coffee houses, bistros and restaurants, dance and performing arts venues.
  • Within 10 minutes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, sports stadiums.
  • Twenty minutes from University Circle, home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra and other nationally renowned museums.
  • Water sports, such as jet skiing, waterskiing, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking at Edgewater Park
  • Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at our numerous seasonal ski resorts
  • Biking through the 1000 acre Emerald Necklace with miles of continuous parkland
  • Central location to other major U.S. cities between Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago
  • State-of-the-art healthcare

Benefits of Attending Virginia Marti College of Art and Design

  • The changing seasons of Northeastern United States
  • Safe environment of Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland
  • Low cost of living
  • VMCAD assistance with housing
  • Transportation to and from the airport is provided
  • Minimum TOEFL score requirement due to high concentration of technical skills

Admissions Requirements for International Student Applicants

1. Transcripts of grades from the school last completed and/or the school you are currently attending, translated into English.
2. Proof of income and/or financial status (Affidavit of Financial Responsibility Form I-134).
3. Minimum TOEFL score of 61 IBT (Internet-based test), 450 PBT (Paper-based test), or IELTS score or 6.
4. Completed Application for Admission into VMCAD.
5. Application fee of $200.00 USD. (Non-refundable)
6. Registration fee of $300.00 USD. (Refunded if student is not accepted.)
7. Student must attend on a full-time basis each consecutive quarter. (Completed application must reflect this.)
8. Portfolio showing art and/or design work. (Recommended but not required.)

Please submit all application information to:
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
ATTN: International Admissions
11724 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

For additional questions, please call 1.800.473.4350 and ask for International Admissions.

Procedures Leading up to Student Enrollment

1. Once the requirements are received, the college’s Office of Admissions will process the application for acceptance or denial.
2. If the application is accepted, the Office of Admissions will then issue the acceptance letter and the I-20 Form (the legal form to be completed by the applicant and the proper authorities). If the application is denied, only the denial letter will be issued.
3. Once the accepted student receives the I-20 Form, they apply for the M1 Visa (Student Visa reserved for vocational and technical schools). If the accepted student is overseas, they take the I-20 Form to their consulate. Otherwise, if they are in the United States, they take the I-20 Form to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
4. Once the M1 Visa is granted, the accepted student will receive the dates of approval and begin arrangements for travel to the United States. (VMCAD will provide assistance with determining housing arrangements and transportation from the airport.)
5. Once the accepted student is in the United States, they will complete their registration and orientation at VMCAD.


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Academic Calendar

Session Begins Monday, July 8, 2013
New Student App. Deadline Sat June 29, 2013
New FD App. Deadline Fri. June 1, 2013
Holiday (Labor Day) Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

Session Begins Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
New Student App. Deadline Sat. Sept. 28, 2013
New FD Student App. Deadline Aug. 31, 2013
Finals Week Dec. 9 - Dec. 14, 2013
Holiday (Thanksgiving) Thurs. through Sat., Nov. 28 – Nov. 30, 2013

Session Begins Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
New Student App. Deadline Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
New FD Student App. Deadline Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
Finals Week March 10 – March 15, 2014

Session Begins Monday, April 7, 2014
New Student App. Deadline Sat. March 39, 2014
New FD Student App. Deadline Sat., March 1, 2014
Finals Week June 9 – June 14, 2014
Holiday (Memorial Day) Monday, May 26, 2014