Admissions

Admissions

APPLYING TO LCAD

LCAD recognizes and supports an admissions policy that encourages motivated and serious students to pursue a college education in the visual arts. We understand the diverse educational and personal backgrounds of students who apply. The Admissions committee reviews your qualifications so that they can evaluate, advise, and place you based on a balanced picture. Your academic achievement and creative ability, and your artistic and professional goals are all taken into consideration. LCAD highly recommends that current high school students follow a college preparatory program that includes courses in studio art, art history, and supplemental drawing classes.

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BACHELOR OF FINE ART

To apply online: BFA ONLINE Application

To apply by mail: BFA Application

If you would like to request a catalog, or have any questions please contact us by phone or email:

phone: 949.376.6000 x248
email: admissions@lcad.edu

MASTER OF FINE ART

To apply online: MFA ONLINE Application

To apply by mail: MFA Application

If you have questions about our MFA program please use one of the following contacts.

email: mfaadmissions@lcad.edu

Perin Mahler: Chair Graduate Studies

email: pmahler@lcad.edu
phone: 949.497.4984

Amber Orosco: MFA Administrative Coordinator

email: aorosco@lcad.edu
phone: 949.497.4984 fax: 949-497-7232

POST BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

To apply online:

Post Baccalaureate Certificate ONLINE Application

If you have questions about our Post Baccalaureate Certificate please use one of the following contacts.

email: postbac@lcad.edu

Betty Shelton: Chair of Post Baccalaureate

email: bshelton@lcad.edu
phone: 949-376-6000 x 248

Amber Orosco: Post Bac Coordinator

email: aorosco@lcad.edu
phone: 949.497.4984
fax: 949-497-72324

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

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Need assistance developing your portfolio? Check out LCAD’s Portfolio Development Program, now offering courses for Graphic Design!

We also invite the community and prospective students to join us for our Saturday Short Pose Figure Drawing Workshop. Only $15 for 5 hours of uninstructed drawing time. Students under 18 years of age must fill out a Parent Consent Form. Free for LCAD Alumni, Faculty and students.

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NOW ENROLLING FOR PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM! OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS, SENIORS AND TRANSFER STUDENTS. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE. SIGN UP NOW!

 

PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM


 

OUR PRIORITY DATE HAS PASSED BUT WE ARE CURRENTLY STILL ACCEPTING STUDENTS FOR FALL 2014

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

For MFA procedures 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.


All Application Materials should be sent to:

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

 

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.

1. Application and Fees

Complete and submit an LCAD application with a $45 non-refundable application fee. LCAD honors the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form. The application fee is waived for applications submitted on the LCAD web site here: BFA ONLINE Application

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. 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. Test Scores

SAT 1 or ACT scores are required for applicants currently in high school.

4. 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. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions).

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. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions)

(Please note that the content of your answers will not be used to determine acceptance to the college. )

5. Portfolio

Please review “Portfolio Requirements” below.

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.

1. Application and Fees

Complete and submit an LCAD application with a $45 non-refundable application fee. LCAD honors the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form. The application fee is waived for applications submitted on the LCAD web site here: BFA ONLINE Application

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. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions).

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. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions) (Please note that the content of your answers will not be used to determine acceptance to the college. )

4. Portfolio

Please review “Portfolio Requirements” below.

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. International applicants must submit a certified English translation of all academic records and an evaluation conversion to the US semester unit system.

1. Submit official transcripts for high school and all college courses completed. Please also list current coursework in progress.

2. Submit one letter of recommendation.

3. Submit a one- to two-page typewritten personal statement.

4. 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. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions).

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. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions)

(Please note that the content of your answers will not be used to determine acceptance to the college. )

5. Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) and achieve a minimum paper-based score of 550, or a computer-based score of 213, or an Internet-based score of 79.  International students are required to take an English proficiency test during Orientation Week. The TOEFL exam may be waived only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. (Through the completion of English as a Second Language courses and/or having attended schools in the United States for an extended period of time, the Admissions Committee may determine that the student has the required proficiency in English, and has the ability to communicate appropriately with proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.)

6. Submit a Declaration of Finances from your parent(s), sponsor, or sponsoring agency. The declaration must show a guarantee of payment for one year’s tuition, supplies, and all living expenses.

7. The official bank statement must be in English, or be accompanied by a certified English translation, and must delineate funds in US currency.

8. Upon your acceptance into the BFA or Certificate program, and once LCAD has received your Declaration of Finances and non-refundable $250 deposit fee, we will send you an I-20 document. The completed I-20 must be taken to the US Embassy or Consulate in your country to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.


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.


PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

To apply for admission to LCAD, you are required to present a portfolio of your best work that demonstrates your strengths, interests, and individual growth. LCAD recognizes that students enter college with diverse artistic backgrounds; therefore, each portfolio is evaluated on an individual, specific basis.

Portfolio Guidelines

Please download and review the appropriate portfolio guidelines. Contact your admissions counselor with any further questions.

Fine Art Portfolio Guidelines

Illustration Portfolio Guidelines

Design + Digital Media Portfolio Guidelines

Animation Portfolio Requirements*

Game Art Portfolio Guidelines

*Please note that applying to Animation requires that you adhere as closely as possible to the portfolio requirements as listed.

Sending Your Portfolio

Submit your portfolio to:

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

When submitting your portfolio digital media is preferred. Digital portfolio images should be saved as .jpg files that are no larger than 1MB each (videos are exempt from size limit). Your portfolio should include an inventory list that identifies each work by number, title, media and completion date. Each image should be labeled as follows 01_ (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME), 02_ (APPLICANTS LAST NAME), etc. Portfolios with prepaid return postage will be returned via the US Postal Service. LCAD is not responsible for lost or damaged portfolios.

Transfer Portfolio Guidelines/Transfer of Studio Art Credits

In addition to the admissions application and portfolio requirements, applicants must submit a transfer portfolio for each studio art course to be considered for transfer credit. A transfer portfolio must be submitted for each studio art course you wish to be considered for transfer. Because it serves a more specific purpose, a transfer portfolio will likely be different from the admissions portfolio you submit for entrance into the college. This is very important to understand if you wish to transfer studio art credits.

Transfer portfolio evaluations must take place prior to registration. A Department Chair will look for evidence of equivalent learning outcomes in the work you submit. We prefer to receive digital files of your work in the form of JPEG images, either burned onto a CD or emailed directly to your counselor. Submit at least 6 to 10 examples from each studio class.

PLEASE NOTE:

1. Include images from coursework that demonstrate your organizational skills, such as two-dimensional and three-dimensional design classes.

2. Include images in your area of concentration/major for advanced studies.

3. A grade of “C” or better is the minimum grade required for transfer studio eligibility. Your portfolio must reflect the overall strength of the course you have completed.

4. The title and description of the course, as well as any information you feel pertinent for the reviewer to know, should be included in the portfolio.

5. Your work must be organized in a chronological manner.

6. All fragile media must have a cover sheet.

7. Label the outside of your portfolio with your name and “Transfer Portfolio.”

8. Portfolios cannot be evaluated until the Registrar has reviewed your transcripts.

9. Your portfolio will be evaluated by either a college studio dean, department chair, or designated department faculty. The evaluator will give the results to the Registrar.

10. When you register for LCAD classes, the results of your evaluation will be in your advising folder so that your academic advisor can register you for the appropriate courses. All course transfer eligibility is dependent upon a minimum final grade of a “C” or better in a course from an accredited American postsecondary institution.

International transfers are considered on a case-by-case basis. International students must provide an English translation of their foreign transcripts and evaluations of the transcripts into the American semester unit system.

For more information on transfer portfolios, transferring liberal arts courses, and liberal arts equivalents please download our Transfer Course Eligibility PDF.

For any further questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.255.0762, ext. 248.