Laguna College of Art + Design

Portfolio Information


One of your LCAD Admissions requirements is to present a portfolio of your best work. Your best work should demonstrate your strengths, interests, and individual growth. We recognize that students enter LCAD with diverse artistic backgrounds; therefore, each portfolio is evaluated on an individual-specific basis.


Please download and review the appropriate portfolio guidelines. Please contact your Admissions Counselor with any/all questions.

*Please note that LCAD’s BFA program in Animation requires that you adhere as closely as possible to the portfolio requirements as listed.


Digital portfolio images are preferred and should be saved as JPG files that are no larger than 1MB each. Videos are exempt from size limits. Your portfolio should include an inventory list that identifies each work by number, title, media, dimensions (if applicable), and completion date.


Each image should be labeled as follows:

01_YOUR LAST NAME, 02_YOUR LAST NAME, etc. (For example: 01_LOPEZ, 02_LOPEZ.)


All images should be included in a single file folder titled:

YOUR LAST NAME_YOUR FIRST NAME_Portfolio (For example: LOPEZ_JAMES_Portfolio)


Please follow the above formatting instructions and email your Portfolio as an attachment to your Admissions Counselor or to


You also may submit your portfolio by mail to:


Laguna College of Art & Design

Office of Admissions

2222 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651



Do you need assistance developing your portfolio? Check out LCAD’s Portfolio Development Program, now offering courses for Graphic Design + Digital Media.


After you have been accepted, you must submit work for each studio art course to be considered for transfer credit. Because it serves a more specific purpose, your transfer portfolio likely will be different from the Admissions Portfolio you submitted. This is very important to understand if you wish to transfer studio art credits. Please contact your Admissions Counselor with any/all questions.


Your Transfer Portfolio evaluations must take place prior to registration. When evaluating your Transfer Portfolio, your assigned evaluator 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 Admissions Counselor. Please be sure to submit at least 6–10 examples from each studio class you wish to be considered. You may submit more if you feel it is necessary.


  • Please include images from coursework—such as 2D and 3D design classes—that demonstrate your organizational skills.

  • Please include images that are related to your major/area of concentration for advanced studies.

  • Please include the title(s) and description(s) of all course(s), as well as any additional information you feel pertinent for the reviewer to know.

  • We will not consider for transfer any studio courses that you exclude in you Portfolio.

  • Your Portfolio cannot be evaluated until the Registrar has reviewed your final transcripts.


Your Portfolio will be evaluated by either your program chair or by a designated department faculty member who will give the results to LCAD’s Registrar.


When you register for 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, post-secondary 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.


Portfolio images should be saved as .jpg files that are no larger than 1MB each (videos are exempt from size limit).


Each image should be labeled as follows:

01_ (Applicant’s last name), 02_ (Applicant’s last name), etc.


All of these folders should be included in a master file folder titled:

(Applicant’s last name)_(Applicant’s first name) Transfer Portfolio.


Your Transfer Portfolio must be submitted directly to your Admissions Counselor. If you have any questions, please feel free to our transfer specialist at or contact at (949) 376-6000 ext. 298