How to Apply BFA

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Change Your Future in Three Steps

1. Sign Up for a Free Application

Create an account on our application portal to submit and manage your free application. You can start the process now before you have all the required materials ready.

2. Prepare an Essay & Portfolio

Download the essay prompt and prepare your portfolio following the guidelines.

3. Submit Your Application

Along with your application you will need the following:


An official final transcript. If currently enrolled, official in-progress transcripts may be sent.

  • Attn: Office of Admissions
  • 2222 Laguna Canyon Road
  • Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Application Dates

LCAD has a rolling admissions policy and will accept applications until we’ve filled all spots for an incoming class. Applications will still be considered after the following priority dates:

Fall: December 1st

Spring: December 1st

Applicants/students may start the application process prior to turning 17, but they must be at least 17 years old to enter the BFA program.