Application Info

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

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.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

TRANSCRIPTS

Submit an official final undergraduate transcript. If currently enrolled, official in-progress transcripts may be sent.

 

RÉSUMÉ OR CV

Submit an outline of your educational, professional, and work-related experiences.

 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Submit two Letters of Recommendation from previous instructors, practicing artists, or college administrators.

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

A two-page personal statement that includes 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.

 

CRITICAL GAME ANALYSIS

Perform a critical analysis for how the game design impacted HearthStone success (any platform). Discuss key elements of the design including: the first time user experience, the core game play, and either the user interface or the meta-game. (2 pages max)

 

PORTFOLIO OR PROJECT/S

Submissions may include a link to your website, ideally with a playable demo, or a Portfolio of games and/or artwork.Submit as a PDF with a link or a file folder of images.

 

PROJECT DESIGN STATEMENT/S

A 1-page Design Statement (in PDF format) must accompany each project. The Design Statement summarizes and outlines the intentions of each project, reveals your personal contribution(s) (if it is a group project) and includes a statement about what you learned from the project. Following the body of the Design Statement, please include a list of all project files provided.

 

For any questions regarding your Statement of Purpose, Critical Game Analysis, Portfolio, or Project Design Statement please contact:

 

Sandy Appleoff

Game Design MFA Chair

sappleoff@lcad.edu

SUBMITTING MATERIALS

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, Critical Game Analysis, Portfolio and Project Design Statement will be uploaded to your online application.

 

Your recommenders will be contacted via email with an online upload link.

They will be responsible for uploading your recommendation.

 

Official Undergraduate Transcript should be sent to:

 

LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN

Graduate Admissions

2222 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATION

When all application materials have been received your application will be complete and ready for review. You will be notified within three weeks after a decision has been rendered by the Chair of Game Design MFA Sandy Appleoff.