Your MCAD Login refers to the credentials you’ve been assigned for accessing all MCAD related systems and services. This includes, but isn't strictly limited to, the service bureau, the media center, lab computers, myMCAD, Blackboard, Lynda, and Papercut. Any time you see a login window that looks like the image below, you’ll use the credentials of your MCAD Login.
This login consists of two parts, a Username created by MCAD and a Password that is generally created by the assigned user. For most people, your Username is the first initial of your first name plus your whole last name. Some people may also have numbers attached to their Username to distinguish theirs from other Usernames with the same initial and last name. For example, our good friend David Hasslehoff’s MCAD login Username would be: dhasslehoff.
If for any reason your legal name has changed since you were assigned this Username, or if you have a different preferred name than the one originally associated with your account, it is possible to update your legal or preferred name.
Instructions for setting passwords are generally sent to users at the time of MCAD Login creation, but methods for setting passwords may differ depending on your role at MCAD. Students should refer to https://password.mcad.edu/ for issues with their Login password, whereas Faculty and Staff should seek direct assistance from the MCAD Help Desk.
MCAD Login and Google and miscellaneous access and information
Additionally, everyone is assigned an MCAD email address hosted by Google through their Gmail service. Your MCAD email can be accessed at mail.google.com or mcad.gmail.com. You will sign in to this service the same way as every other MCAD provided system with one minor difference, you will need to use your shortened MCAD email address as the Username for Gmail. Thankfully, we make this email address easy to remember as you just need to add "@mcad.edu" to the end of your standard MCAD Login Username. Thus, our example user's MCAD Gmail Username would be “firstname.lastname@example.org.” The password to your MCAD Gmail account is the identical and synced with your MCAD Login Password.
Aside from Gmail, the only other place you will need to use your short MCAD email address to sign in will be during the activation of the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. New students will be walked through the process of properly authorizing the Adobe software on their personal or MCAD provided computer hardware during orientations, and Staff and Faculty should reach out to the MCAD Help Desk for instructions on how to access this software on MCAD assigned or personally owned equipment. All MCAD Labs and most other publicly available equipment already have this software registered and available for use by credentialed users.
Finally, active users will also have a "long" MCAD Gmail address that is a secondary, optional way of addressing your emails and correspondence. This secondary address is called an “alias,” and all email that is sent and received by this address goes into the exact same inbox as your primary, short MCAD Gmail address. The format of your alias, or “long Gmail address,” is “email@example.com.” Again, example David’s long Gmail address would be “firstname.lastname@example.org.” This email alias cannot be used to access any services - it is just provided as a convenience for users who may prefer one address over the other.
Below you’ll find more details about exactly who has an MCAD Login under various circumstances.
Currently Enrolled Students
Degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in at least one course for credit are assigned an active MCAD Login and @mcad.edu email address. Continuing Education students are assigned an MCAD Login but do not receive an @mcad.edu email address.
For previously enrolled students who have not graduated, there is a one semester (six month) grace period before their email account is disabled. This means, for example, that if you are enrolled in a fall course and choose not to enroll in the following semester, your email account will remain active until the start of the following summer session.
Graduating students will have their @mcad.edu email accounts open until one year from the date of their graduation.
This applies only to the @mcad.edu email address and not the other services associated with your MCAD Login, such as the service bureau, media center, lab computers, wireless network, software registration, etc. These services are only available to currently enrolled students and will be disabled at the time of graduation.
Withdrawal or Expulsion
If a student withdraws or is expelled from school, their account and all associated services (including email) will be immediately disabled.
Staff members will receive an email account after completion of all HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Staff accounts will be immediately disabled on the date of termination.
Full-time faculty who are instructing a for-credit course in the undergrad/grad degree program will receive an @mcad.edu email account. Full-time faculty members will receive an email account on the first day of their contract start date, pending completion of all necessary HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Full-time faculty accounts will be immediately disabled on the date of termination.
Adjunct faculty who are instructing a for-credit course in the undergrad/grad degree program will receive an @mcad.edu email account. Adjunct faculty members will receive an email account during faculty orientation, pending completion of all necessary HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Adjunct faculty email accounts will be disabled one year after the contract end date. The contract end date is maintained by HR/Payroll and usually coincides with the week after the end of the semester.
A department chair/director may request early log-in access for a newly hired adjunct faculty member who is expected to teach in the upcoming semester by filling out the MCAD Technology Account Request Form and the adjunct faculty member signing an acknowledgement letter administered by Academic Affairs. Access to Blackboard/Canvas may not be granted more than 30 days prior to the first pay day of the semester in which the adjunct faculty member will teach.
Full-time Visiting Faculty will receive an email account on the first day of their contract start date pending completion of all necessary HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Visiting Artist email accounts will be disabled one year after the contract end date. The contract end date is maintained by HR/Payroll and usually coincides with the week after the end of semester.
At this time, alumni are subject to the "Graduating Students" requirements above and do not maintain an @mcad.edu email account beyond the graduation grace periods.