Application Info


To be admitted to the Master of Fine Arts program, applicants must have attained a Bachelors degree. The degree must be awarded from an institution accredited by an appropriate regional accrediting body.



The Priority Date for the fall academic year is February 2.

Admission notifications will begin in late February.

Applications received after the priority date will be considered on a space-available basis.


The Application, Transcript, Résumé, Letters of Recommendation, Statement and Test Scores (International Applicants) should be sent to:

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

Your Portfolio may be sent by mail on a CD or electronically by email to:

Please, be sure to clearly label all application materials.


Upon successful completion of all admission requirements—including your completed LCAD admissions form and submitting all of your transcripts, relevant test scores, and all other required documentation—then within three weeks of your acceptance you will receive written notification of your admission by MFA Chair Peter Zokosky.


For cost of attendance and financial aid resources please visit: PAYING FOR TUITION


For information about housing, please contact:

Lisa Pelt




1. Application

Complete and submit an LCAD Application


2. Transcript

Submit an official final undergraduate transcript

3. Résumé

Submit a résumé of exhibitions, awards, and relevant experience

4. Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation

5. Statement

Submit a 300-500 word artist’s statement.

6. Portfolio

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”. 


In addition to being responsible for following the same application procedures as domestic students, all international students have additional documentation requirements.

1. International Transcripts

All international transcripts must be submitted to IERF for conversion into US equivalents. There is a separate fee and time requirement for this service. Please visit their website and plan accordingly: IERF WEBSITE

2. TOEFL/IELTS Test Score

Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) and achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and 79 on the Internet based test or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

International students are required to take an English proficiency test during Orientation Week.

The TOEFL or IELTS sexam may be waived only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, through the completion of English as a Second Language courses and/or having attended schools in the United States for an extended period of time. The Admission Committee may determine that the student has the required proficiency in English and has the ability to communicate appropriately with proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

3. Declaration of Finances, I-20 and F1 Student Visas

Once you have been admitted you will receive a formal letter stating so and asking for additional documentation so that we can issue your I-20.  These documents include:

Submit a Declaration of Finances Form from you, your parent, sponsor, or sponsoring agency and an official bank statement. The bank statement must show a balance equal to or greater than the cost of attendance at the college for one year (Cost of Attendance may vary year to year—the official amount can be obtained from the Office of Admissions + Financial Aid).

Upon your acceptance to the MFA and once LCAD has received your Declaration of Finances and nonrefundable $500 deposit fee, we will send you an I-20 document. The completed I-20 must be taken to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to obtain an F-1Student Visa.