How to Apply to Drawing MFA

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Change Your Future in 3 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. Complete Your Application

Artist’s Statement

An Artist’s Statement is required, 300-500 words maximum.

Resume or CV

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

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Select two people to submit letters of recommendation.

3. Review + Complete Your Checklist Items

Upload your portfolio.


Order your transcripts.

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


Monitor letter of recommendation submissions.


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

Applicant/student must have a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA from an institution accredited by an appropriate regional accrediting body.


For international students, click here for full requirements.