Admissions Requirements

All new and transferring applicants for admission to NCAD must comply with the following:

A. Submit a completed application accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to NCAD. $100 application fee for International Students.

B. Submit official high school transcript or GED certificate and official transcripts for all colleges attended. Students must: be a public or accredited private high school graduate, or be an accredited home school graduate, or have earned a GED. Students who have completed a homeschool program must show proof of school accreditation, program accreditation or GED. GED students will be required to submit SAT or ACT scores or Accuplacer test results, or college transcripts that show a minimum of 30 successfully completed college credits.

C. Submit transfer credit information (if applicable) as outlined under “transfer credit” in this catalog. The transfer credit deadline is August 1st. Credit will not be transferred after this date.

D. Submit a minimum 1 page typed personal essay addressing the following:

  1. Discuss your academic background and achievements.
  2. Describe in detail one personal challenge that you have faced and how you met that challenge.
  3. Briefly describe your long and short- term career goals.
  4. Why have you chosen this career or profession?

E. Submit digital portfolio.

F. Arrange for an informational interview with an Admissions Representative. This can be conducted on the phone or at the NCAD campus.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION PROGRAM

5 or more pieces of your best recent work is to be submitted in digital format with your application packet. All pieces need not be in your chosen medium of concentration, but they should enable the Review Committee to assess your current skills and potential for success in the program. Digital formats that are considered acceptable include .jpegs of images/work or .pdfs of compilations of work. Please contact an Admissions Representative for more specifics about digital portfolio submission requirements and the submission process.

In addition to the 5 or more pieces of recent finished work, applicants may choose optionally to submit several additional sample pages from their sketchbook digitally to illustrate the applicants artistic process.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There is a $100 application fee for International students. In addition to completing all of the admissions requirements listed previously, international students must submit a translated copy ofa high-school transcript and TOEFL test score of at least 500 (paper) or 61 (internet). TOEFL test scores are not required for students from English speaking countries or for students who have graduated from a US high school. NCAD reserves the right to require ESL courses if deemed necessary. If the international student is accepted, the college will begin the required paperwork for the I-20 Visa. At this time, the international student must submit documentation that demonstrates his or her ability to pay for all tuition, fees, and living expenses for each academic year. The appropriate I-20 form will be processed after all documentation is satisfied. For more information on obtaining a student visa visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site at uscis.gov.

Early Action Program

NCAD recommends high school juniors who demonstrate strong academic and artistic potential consider the early action program. The benefits include early communication of admissions decisions, the ability to focus on obtaining scholarships, and early information about housing and employment opportunities. To discuss this option further, contact an Admissions Representative at (360) 779- 9993.