Apply Online (Application Fee Waived)

Welcome, Applicant:

If you have reached this page, you have been sent a direct web link by one of our Admissions Representatives. At the bottom of this page you will find a direct link to our online admissions application.

For attending an on-campus admissions event, you will have 14 days from the day you were sent this email to use the link below to apply to NCAD, FREE OF CHARGE.

Our admissions fee has been waived for you during this 14 day time period.

Any application completed after this 14 day time waiver period(s) will not be processed for free. Applicants will need to visit the main page of our website and start the application process again from there using publicly available links and through paying the normal fee.

If you are unable to apply within the 14 day time period and would still like to receive the fee waiver, you can sign up for and attend one additional scheduled on-campus event, and after attending that event, receive an extension of an additional 14 days of waived admissions fees. Please contact an Admissions Representative for more information.

To Apply

To apply, you must have received and read a copy of the NCAD catalog, available either from one of our Northwest College of Art & Design Admissions Advisors or downloaded directly from

You must understand and agree to the information as outlined in this catalog. You must also understand and accept that information in this catalog may change and that it is your responsibility to acquire new editions of the catalog while you are enrolled.

You can download our catalog for further information. (The free application Adobe Acrobat Reader or another pdf reader is required to view or use this file.)

Please read Northwest College of Art & Design’s admissions policies and procedures before completing an admissions application.

The Three Parts to Applying to NCAD

Read this before applying: There are three parts to the application. The first is the Application (the “App”), the second is to answer four short questions (the “Essay”), and the third is to upload 10 digital images of your creative work (the “Portfolio”).

When you complete the first part, you will be redirected to a new page to complete the second.

When you complete the second, you will be directed to another new page to complete the third. Have your work in jpg, png, or pdf format as individual files; all individual files must be less than 1MB in size.

When you complete the third and final part of the application, you will be redirected to a Thank You page. You will be contacted by a Admissions Representative shortly after you have completed your application.

Start the NCAD online application process below:

Click here to start your application.