Admission Process

Admissions Application Process

A. Meet all requirements.

B. Complete an Admissions Application with an Admissions Representative to learn about NCAD and discuss academic, artistic, and professional goals. This interview can be done in person or by phone.

C. Submit all application materials outlined under “admissions requirements.” An Application for Admissions form can be requested from an Admissions Representative at 253.272.1126 or by going online at

D. After all application materials are received, the application will be evaluated by the NCAD Review Committee. The Committee may determine more information is necessary from the applicant (i.e. additional essay, artwork, etc.) in order to make a determination for enrollment.

E. A letter of acceptance or denial will then be sent to each applicant. A financial aid information packet will be sent to accepted students outlining possible payment plans, financial aid programs and available NCAD scholarships. Shortly thereafter, accepted students will receive an invoice for the $200 tuition deposit which is due 10 days after receipt of said invoice.

F. After the applicant completes their desired financial plan, an enrollment agreement will be completed and sent to the applicant for signature. A $100 registration fee is due at this time.

G. If the applicant is a high school student, a final copy of their official transcript outlining a graduation date and cumulative GPA must be sent to NCAD. Applicants will not be allowed to begin the program until this information has been submitted.

H. Upon receipt of the enrollment agreement, registration fee and official transcript, NCAD will create and send the applicant a course schedule.

I. The applicant will be required to attend orientation on campus.

J. Applicants for admission may enroll in person, online at, or by mail. Throughout the year, we offer enrollment to qualified applicants in the order in which their applications are accepted and their tuition deposits submitted.

Send all application materials to:
Admissions NCAD
1126 Pacific Avenue, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA 98402