MFA Portfolio Information

To apply for admission to LCAD’s MFA in Drawing or MFA in Painting, you are required to present a portfolio of your best work that demonstrates your strengths, interests, and individual growth. LCAD recognizes that students enter college with diverse artistic backgrounds; therefore, each portfolio is evaluated on an individual, specific basis.

Portfolio Guidelines

Submit a portfolio of 15 to 20 works: The portfolio should include pieces done within the last 4 years. Work done from direct observation and/or imagination is encouraged. Submitted artwork should reflect the applicant’s current creative direction. Websites are not accepted as portfolios.


Please include: an Inventory Sheet which includes the title, medium, size and date of completion for each image. Files should be saved at 72dpi at around 1mb each. Title each file “last name_first name 01.jpeg, last name_first name 02.jpeg ” making sure each number corresponds with the Inventory Sheet. All images should be included in a master file folder titled “last name_first name Portfolio”.


Sending Your Portfolio: Digital Portfolio submissions are preferred. Please follow the above formatting instructions and email your Portfolio as an attachment to your Admissions Counselor or:


You may also submit your portfolio by postal mail to:

The Office of Admissions
Laguna College of Art & Design
2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Portfolio Development

Need assistance developing your portfolio?

Check out LCAD’s Portfolio Development Program! Click Here


For any further questions please contact us at:

phone: 949-376-6000 ext.248