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APPLYING TO LCAD

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APPLICATION PROCEDURES

For Drawing and/or Painting MFA procedures, please click here.

For Art of Game Design MFA procedures, please click here. 

LCAD has a rolling admissions policy up until August 1st. While many schools have a “hard” deadline for applications (meaning they won’t accept those either postmarked or received after that date), schools that use rolling admissions accept applications until they’ve filled all the spots in their freshman class.

Freshman applying for the Fall term are encouraged to complete the application process by the February 2 priority date.

Transfer students applying for the Fall term are encouraged to complete the application process by the March 2 priority date.

Students applying for the Spring Semester are encouraged to complete the application process by December 1.

Applications received after the priority date will be considered on a space-available basis. LCAD accepts applications for the Fall semester as early as November 1 of the year preceding anticipated enrollment and for the Spring semester as early as July 1 of the year preceding anticipated enrollment.


SUBMITTING MATERIALS

All Transcripts, Test Scores, and Letters of Recommendation should be sent to:

Laguna College of Art + Design
Office of Admissions
2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

The Essay and Portfolio may be sent by mail, or directly to your Admissions Counselor as email attachments. The Essay should be sent as a Word, Pages or PDF document. Please follow the formatting instructions for the Portfolio as listed in the Portfolio Guidelines. Your Admissions Counselor will be assigned to your when you apply.


ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATION

Upon successful completion of all admission requirements—including your completed LCAD admissions form and submitting all of your transcripts, relevant test scores, and all other required documentation—then within three weeks of your acceptance you will receive written notification of your admission to LCAD by the Director of Admissions.

FRESHMAN ELIGIBILITY

To gain admittance to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, you must be a high school graduate or equivalent, and have achieved above-average performance in academic subjects.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

1. Application 

Complete and submit an LCAD application for free here: APPLY NOW

2. Transcripts

Submit an official transcript from your high school that shows proof of graduation or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you are currently enrolled in high school, please submit transcripts showing your current progress and projected date of completion.  Applicants submitting in-progress Transcripts will have to submit Official Final Transcripts once completed. Official, sealed transcripts must be sent from your high school directly to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the original.

3. Essay

Choose one of the following:

A) Describe the first time you heard about LCAD. Include two things that we offer that you believe will be most beneficial for you.

B) Tell us why you feel LCAD is a better fit for you over another college that you were considering. Be sure to refer to specific institutes for comparison.

Essays should be 300-500 words presented in a professional format. Please include your name at the top of the essay.

4. Portfolio

Please visit Portfolio Information for more details.

OPTIONAL MATERIALS

1. SAT/ACT Test Scores

2. Letters of Recommendation

Preferably from art instructor/s.


TRANSFER STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

To gain admittance to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, you must be a high school graduate or equivalent, and have achieved above-average performance in academic subjects during your high school and post-secondary education. For more information on transferring course credit please download our TRANSFER GUIDELINES 2016-2017.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

1. Application

Complete and submit an LCAD application for free here: APPLY NOW

2. High School and all College Transcripts

Submit an official transcript from your high school that shows proof of graduation or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Transfer students must also submit official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions attended. Official, sealed transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the original. Applicants who have already attained a Bachelors Degree only need to submit transcripts from the college they have graduated from.

3. Essay

Choose one of the following:

A) Describe the first time you heard about LCAD. Include two things that we offer that you believe will be most beneficial for you.

B) Tell us why you feel LCAD is a better fit for you over another college that you were considering. Be sure to refer to specific institutes for comparison.

Essays should be 300-500 words presented in a professional format. Please include your name at the top of the essay.

4. Portfolio

Please visit Portfolio Information for more details.

OPTIONAL MATERIALS

1. Letters of Recommendation

Preferably from art instructor/s.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

In addition to being responsible for following the same application procedures as first-time students, all international students have additional documentation requirements.  International students are eligible for admission only after document validation and transcript and portfolio review evaluations have been completed.

Please visit INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION PROCEDURES for more information.