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 THE A.O.S. PROGRAM IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

Applicants to the A.O.S. degree in Graphic Design are required to submit a portfolio of original work.

Submit a portfolio of your current work with a minimum of 10 pieces. Include examples of projects such as posters, brochures, lettering, package design, motion design, web design and branding/identity. Other types of projects can be also included. Projects that show design thinking are strongly encouraged.

Your applicant portfolio should include only your strongest work and should to demonstrate your interests, skills, and variety in your work.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.O.S. PROGRAM IN WEB DESIGN

Applicants to the A.O.S. degree in Web Design are required to submit a portfolio of original work.
Submit a portfolio of your current work with a minimum of 10 pieces. Include examples of design-related projects such as web design, posters, brochures, lettering, logos, package design, motion design, etc. Projects that show visual design thinking and problem solving are strongly encouraged.

Your applicant portfolio should include only your strongest work and should to demonstrate your interests, skills, and variety in your work.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.O.S. PROGRAM IN WEB DEVELOPMENT

Applicants to the A.O.S. degree in Web Development are required to submit a portfolio of original work.

Submit a portfolio of your current work with a minimum of 10 pieces. Include examples of design-related projects you such as web design, coding projects, posters, brochures, lettering, logos, animations, etc. Projects that show visual design thinking and problem solving and any existing coding skills are strongly encouraged.

Your applicant portfolio should include only your strongest work and should to demonstrate your interests, skills, and variety in your work.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.O.S. PROGRAM IN USER EXPERIENCE (UX) DESIGN

User Experience (UX) Design degree applicants should submit a minimum of 3 projects that incorporate the following:

  • Projects that demonstrate interactivity and/ or interface design.
  • Each project should include a project problem statement or brief, idea development sketches, and the finished version of your concept.
  • Examples of projects might include: web sites, games, and mobile and social apps.
  • Include process work: Process work can include sketches, user flows, personas, wireframes, and/or mockups.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.O.S. PROGRAM IN CONCEPT ART

Applicants to the A.O.S. degree in Concept Art are required to submit a portfolio of original artwork. NCAD looks for individuals who are highly motivated and who provide evidence
of visual skill that demonstrate the ability to succeed in our highly competitive program, and showcases the applicant’s artistic interests and conceptual problem-solving abilities.
Applicant portfolios should consist of 15 – 20 examples of original artwork (traditional or digital).

Portfolios should include examples of Observational Artwork (from life/reference):

  • Drawings and/or paintings of the human figure, animals or objects from real life or from photographic reference
  • Drawings of interior and/or exterior natural and built environments from real life or from photographic reference

Portfolios should include examples of Creative artwork:

  • Creative work submitted might take the form of traditional or digital art, illustration, concept art, character design, prop design, environment, cartoon art, sequential storytelling, etc.

Portfolios should include examples of Process Thinking:

  • Creative work submitted that shows how you think, how you develop and refine visual ideas; in short, how you solve visual problems.

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.