First-Time Freshman

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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.

Application Materials


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:

  • When did you first become aware of your desire to become an artist/designer and describe how you’ve gone ahead to prepare yourself?
  • Art schools come in all sizes and shapes. Tell us why you have chosen to apply to LCAD and how we may help you achieve your artistic or professional goals.

Download the essay prompts here

The Portfolio

Please visit Portfolio Information for portfolio submission details and guidelines.

Optional Materials

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

Advanced Placement Transfer Credit