Admissions

Admissions

APPLYING TO LCAD

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To apply by mail: BFA Application

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To apply by mail: MFA Application

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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 

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.

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.  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. 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 visit Portfolio Information for more details.


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 Course Eligibility PDF.

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 visit Portfolio Information for more details.


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.

1. Submit official transcripts for high school and all college courses completed. Please also list current coursework in progress. All international transcripts must be submitted to IERF (www.ierf.org) for conversion into US equivalents. There is a separate fee and time requirement for this service. Please visit their website and plan accordingly.

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.