About Us

Housed within the stunning architecture of the College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Art (SDA), designed by local architect Ed Calma, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) is the only space in Manila and the Philippines that approximates an international contemporary art museum and gallery space.

Located within an art college, MCAD’s programmes are molded in line with the school’s courses: film, fashion design, animation, multi-media, photography, architecture, as well as music production. In step with this, MCAD produces outstanding exhibitions with world-wide standards by collaborating with professional artists and curators, both local and international.

MCAD provides the experience and exposure to contemporary art works, usually only found outside the country. Its contemporary art exhibitions, projects, as well as other cultural and art-inspired undertakings showcase the possibilities of technology and new media through its internationally-designed programme of contemporary art exhibitions enhanced by an ever-widening educational platform.


By offering a singular space housed within a school dedicated to the practice of art and design, MCAD creates an environment that allows for exchange of ideas as well as a site for dialogues and pursuits through curated exhibitions.


To become a space for the generation of creative ideas outside of the classroom for the School of Design and Art (SDA) in particular, and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in general, and as the local hub for international art and design through the initiation, study and interaction with contemporary culture.