Laguna College of Art + Design

First-Time Freshman

To gain admittance to any one of LCAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs, you must be a high school graduate or equivalent, and have achieved above-average performance in academic subjects.



Submit an official transcript from your high school that shows proof of graduation or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and any college(s) that you may have attended. 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.


The Essay

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

Please choose one of the following essay prompts:

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


The Portfolio

Please visit Portfolio Information for portfolio submission details and guidelines.


You also may submit SAT/ACT test scores and letters of recommendation—preferably from art instructor(s).

Advanced Placement Transfer Credit

Advanced Placement Transfer Credit Chart