Who We Are
Who We Are – An Art Entrepreneurship School for Students Today!
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design is a nationally accredited, two-year career college for students who are ready to advance their education and careers. Specialized, project-based curriculum and hands-on training prepare aspiring designers to compete in creative fields with the most dynamic growth potential. We provide accredited degrees in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Fashion Merchandising.
Our instructors are practicing industry professionals, who combine knowledge and experience with individual attention to help students achieve their career goals. Our graduates stand out, entering their careers with strong creative vision, technical skills, and work experience through the college’s internship programs.
Success in a desired field requires years of dedication and hard work. The college cultivates this work ethic by promoting a positive attitude, collaboration, drive, motivation, and the worth of all people. The curriculum reinforces strong basic skills to widen the diverse design potential of every student.
This respect for diversity is visible in our student body. Students are treated with dignity and respect, giving our graduates a firm foundation upon which to build a future in the design industries.
Virginia Marti Veith
Virginia Marti Veith grew up with a passion for quality fabrics and fashion. Her father was a furrier, owning a store in Cleveland. Early on, Mrs. Veith understood that quality sewing and construction skills would open up a world of design possibilities for her. She began studying fashion in New York City, then moved on to Paris to study the Haute Couture method of design, with its emphasis on quality fabrics and customizing detail.
When Mrs. Veith moved back to the States several years later, she opened her own bridal salon. Unable to find expert staff for her bridal salon, Mrs. Veith began training new students. Five students attended her first Fashion Design class at the new Virginia Marti College of Fashion and Art in April 1966. In 1970, the coursework evolved into a Fashion Design Associate Degree Program.
Virginia Marti Art and Design College Grows
In 1979, the college established a program in Fashion Merchandising, and in 1984 and 1985, the Interior Design and Graphic Design Associate Degree Programs were implemented. In 2006, the college launched its Digital Media program.
Virginia Marti College moved to its third and current location in 1985, with major renovations and additions completed in 2003. This site was custom designed to include a gallery, which showcases the art and design work of the students.
As the College’s reputation flourished, prospective students across the U.S. began inquiring about the institution. Since 1970, the college and its offerings have drawn numerous students from out-of-state and around the world.
Throughout its years of operation, Virginia Marti College of Art and Design has kept current with fashion and art trends and techniques. The curriculum is continuously updated and reflects changes that are made in the Fashion industry and in the fields of Graphic Design, Digital Media and Interior Design.
Statement of Philosophy
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design’s mission is to meet the needs of students and employers by offering educational programs in fields with dynamic growth potential. The main objective of all programs offered by Virginia Marti College of Art and Design is to prepare students to be highly successful and productive by empowering them with knowledge and hands-on experience from instructors in that field. The knowledge the student acquires will expand after graduation through further practical experience and on-the-job training.
The college serves the needs of all high school graduates seeking an alternate setting to a traditional college or university. The character and strength of Virginia Marti College of Art and Design is reflected in the small faculty-to-student ratio and individual attention. The College is committed to offering a specialized and current curriculum in each program, preparing graduates to successfully enter their fields of study and compete in the job market.
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design recognizes that success in a desired field requires years of dedication and hard work. The college emphasizes the basics: a positive attitude, drive and motivation, and the worth of all people. It is sensitive to the diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds represented in its student body. The College operates on the belief that all individuals should be treated with dignity and respect, giving its graduates a firm foundation upon which to build a future in the fashion, art, and design industries.
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design is a fully-accredited*, two-year career college. VMCAD students benefit from the small class sizes and individual attention of creative industry professionals.
Whether it is Fashion Design, Digital Media, Interior Design, Graphic Design, or Fashion Merchandising, VMCAD students establish a solid foundation of career-specific skills and knowledge. As a result, graduates are prepared for a variety of entry-level positions, as they begin their careers in their respective fields.
*VMCAD is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.