How to Apply Art of Game Design MFA


Your LCAD application process begins when you submit your FREE online application. To make sure you have all of the help you need for completing the admissions process after you submit your application, we will assign you an LCAD Admissions Counselor. Please keep in mind that you do not have to have all application materials ready to begin the application process. 


While many schools have a “hard” deadline for applications (meaning they won’t accept applications postmarked or received after the deadline), LCAD has a rolling admissions policy, which means that we accept applications until we’ve filled all spots in an incoming class.


Special Note: LCAD’s MFA program in Game Design accepts applications year round, but admission is for the Fall Semester only.


You may send all application materials directly to your Admissions Counselor as email attachments or by mail. If you submit your Résumé/Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statement, Critical Analysis, and/or Project Design Statement(s) in an email, please save it/them in one of the following file types: DOC, TXT, or PDF. Please follow the formatting instructions for the Portfolio as listed in the Portfolio Guidelines.


If you mail your materials by post, please mail to:


Laguna College of Art + Design

Office of Admissions

2222 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


You must send all official and sealed Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation directly to:


Laguna College of Art + Design

Office of Admissions

2222 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Official Sealed Transcript(s) Sent Directly to LCAD’S Office of Admissions


Résumé/Curriculum Vitae


An outline of your educational, professional, and work-related experiences


Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

You must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from previous instructors, practicing artists, or college administrators. Letters can be mailed in a sealed envelope or emailed directly to your Admissions Counselor as an attachment by the recommender. Applicants are responsible for contacting their references.


  A 500-Word Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement is a 500-word personal statement of your professional goals and what interests you most about games. Share your personal vision for how you see yourself making an impact in the field of Game Art/Design. For example, you could speculate on what you might create for your thesis (a year-long, usually collaborative project). You also could discuss why you selected your intended area of focus. Elaborate on what makes you a strong candidate for the program.


 A Critical Analysis of the mechanics of any game


Portfolio or Project/s

Submit as a PDF with a link, or a file folder of images. Submissions also may include a link to your website, ideally with a playable demo, or a portfolio of games and/or artwork. Please contact LCAD’s Art of Game Design MFA Chair, Sandy Appleoff, at with any/all any questions regarding your Portfolio.


Project Design Statement(s)

A one-page (1-page) Project Design Statement must accompany each project you submit. Your Project Design Statement should summarize and outline the intentions of each project, reveal your personal contribution(s) (if it is a group project), and include a statement about what you learned from the project. Following the body of the Project Design Statement, please include a list of all project files provided.


Upon successful submission of all admission requirements and a completed review by the Graduate Admissions Committee, you will receive notification of your admissions status.