Downtown area higher education options

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March 29, 2010 // UPDATED 8:52 am - March 29, 2010
By: Lana Walker
Lana Walker

No matter what you may want to learn, you can probably find a place to learn it Downtown. From art to psychology to fiddle lessons, there are a whole host of options available. Programs range from Ph.D. courses to weekly art lessons, so no matter what skills you’re looking to master, you can find a program to fit your needs.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota
15 S. 9th St.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota works with students to prepare them for careers in the “visual and practical arts.” Students are encircled in a creative and competitive atmosphere that is challenging and motivating.

Programs include: advertising, culinary arts, culinary management, graphic design, web design and interactive media, fashion and retail management, design management, hospitality management, interior design, media arts and animation, photography, visual effects, motion graphics, and digital film & video production.

Tuition: $22,416 per academic year (3 quarters), for all programs.


Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd.

Dunwoody College of Technology is a private nonprofit institution that uses a technology-driven approach to hands-on learning. Its mission is to prepare students for business and industry through practice with leading-edge technology.

Programs include: Architectural Drafting and Estimating, Automotive Service Technology, Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, Computer Networking Systems, Construction Project Supervision, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electrical Construction Design and Management, Engineering Drafting and Design Technology, Graphic Design, Heating and Cooling Systems, Interior Design, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Web Programming and Database Design and Welding.

Tuition: $14,000-$18,000 annual tuition (depending on program)


University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave.

The University of St. Thomas seeks to educate students to be “morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

Programs offered in: Graduate School of Business, including Master of Business Administration and Master in Accounting; School of Applied and Professional Studies (including Graduate School of Professional Psychology and School of Education); School of Law; and the Center for Business Excellence, which offers certificates for Advanced Health Care Management and Fundraising, and Mini-Masters of Real Estate Development and Nonprofit Finance.

Tuition: undergraduate, $936 per credit, $3,744 for four credits, $29,952 per year (8 courses); graduate, various per program and credit amount.


MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd St.

The goal of the MacPhail Center for Music is to promote lifelong learning and create a framework that encourages and rewards commitment to skill. Their sequential curriculum helps to build long-term relationships between students and teachers, which the center believes is an integral part of a student’s success.

Programs: Individual lessons, ages 5–adult; Suzuki talent education, ages 3–18; early childhood music, ages 6 weeks–8 years; classes and ensembles, ages 5–adult; The Prelude Program: Singer-Actor Performance Lab, ages 13–18; certificate program, ages 14–adult; music therapy, birth–adult; professional development for teachers, adults.

Tuition: Lessons and courses range from $25–$450, prelude program is $690 per semester, Crescendo program (piano and violin) ranges from $60–$125 depending on level


Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis Campus
1501 Hennepin Ave. S.

Metropolitan State is aimed at helping adult learners complete bachelor’s degrees or go on to get master’s or doctorate degrees. The university, founded in 1971, has about 9,000 full- and part-time students, and prides itself on individualized education programs for its students.

Undergraduate programs: Metro State offers more than 50 majors, including accounting, law enforcement, nursing, management, psychology and computer science. Graduate programs: 9, including computer science, business administration, psychology, and a doctorate of nursing practice program.

Tuition: $177.15 per credit undergrad, $276.00 per credit graduate


Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave. S.

MCTC aims to provide students with “high-quality lifelong learning programs.”

Students can obtain certificates, diplomas and associates degrees through MCTC’s career and technical programs or liberal arts programs. Many are transferable to a four-year college, while others are aimed at preparing students for work. Students love the downtown location and the diversity on campus, both ethnicities and age ranges.  

Programs include: Career and technical programs, such as air traffic control, business, health, information technology, justice system, manufacturing and construction, media production, cinema studies, public service and service industry careers, polysomnographic technology, heating ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, Electroneurodiagonostic technology, homeland security specialist and community development, nursing.

Liberal Arts programs, including American Indian studies, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, fine arts, global studies, mathematics, theatre arts and women’s studies.

Tuition: $162.81per credit undergrad, $151

General education credit $162.81; more specialized programs


North Central University (NCU)
910 Elliot Ave.

North Central University aims to provide a higher Christian education by training students for ministry to God, the Church and the world in a Pentecostal environment.

NCU trains its students in all areas of church-oriented vocations and places a focus upon leadership and interaction in urban and international settings. Upon completion of training at North Central, students “should become flexible lifelong learners who are curious, adaptive, analytical, literate, morally sensitive, critically appreciative and theologically literate.”

Departments: Arts and Sciences, Bible and Theology, Business Administration, Deaf Studies, Communications Arts, Church Leadership, Education, English, Fine Arts, Intercultural Studies and Languages, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Programs include: Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Music, Pastoral Studies, Media Communications, Urban Studies, Sports Management, Elementary Education, Biblical Studies, and Youth Ministries.

Tuition: $7,830 for a 15-credit semester, $15,660, for a 30-credit academic year.


The Loft
1011 Washington Ave. S. Suite 2000
(Open Book center)

The Loft aims to create and maintain a writing community that accommodates an audience for literature and the artistic development of individual writers. Whether you’re a beginner or a published author, you will find a place here because the Loft caters to writers of diverse backgrounds.

Individual membership, $60 per year. Donor memberships, $125 per year. Household memberships, $75 per year. Low-income/full-time students, $25 per year. Prices vary for programs and workshops on a sliding fee scale. Members receive a discount on course fees.


Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA)

1011 Washington Ave. S.
(Open Book center)

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts aims to reach a diverse group of artists and learners to help them harness their “creativity, expression and inspiration through the book arts.”

MCBA takes a hands-on approach to learning, exploring artistic growth and technical aspects. Participants can take a broad range of courses, from learning traditional crafts such as preservation bookmaking and papermaking to identifying books in their contextual forms. Different workshops are available for students to try their hand at the creative processes of bookmaking.

There a wide variety of programs for youth and adults. Highlights include one-day, full weekend, and 4-6 weeks workshops for adults, youth, teens, families and teachers. Subjects offered include hand papermaking, binding and bookmaking, printing, papermaking and paper decorating, letterpress printing, calligraphy, art journaling and sampler classes.

Costs vary $40–$250, not including supply fees. One-day adult workshops, $50; One-day family workshops, $30 per pair; one-day teacher workshops, $40-$50.


St. Mary’s University — Twin Cities Campus

2500 Park Ave. S.
728-5100 or 866-437-2788

St. Mary’s University offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The professional schools include the Graduate School of Business & Technology, Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Health & Human Services.

The school offers advanced degrees at the master, specialist, doctoral and certiface levels.

Since 1984, the university has been geared toward educating the adult learn with an emphasis on personal, ethical and professional growth. The school honors the Lasallian Catholic tradition.

Students interested in learning more about Saint Mary’s should visit the school’s website to learn about open houses and information sessions.

varies by program.


Walden University
Online Degree University

Walden University is an online accredited university that focuses on degrees for working professionals. Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees are offered in a wide range of subject as well as certificate and training programs.

Walden is part of Laureate International Universities, a global network of more than 42 accredited online and campus-based universities in 20 countries. Their mission is to help professionals become “scholar-practitioners” by challenging you to integrate scholarly research with your expertise as a skilled practitioner in your field.

Programs include: software engineering, business, education, psychology, public policy, nursing and health services.

Tuition: varies by degree due to tailored nature of each.


Capella University
Online Degree University

Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Their programs involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences. Capella offers more than 1050 online courses and 23 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 114 areas of study.

Programs include: human resources, education, counseling, information technology, business, psychology and criminal justice.

Tuition: varies by program.