In October of 2010, the U.S. Department of Education approved new regulations requiring institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs to publicly disclose certain information about students who enrolled in programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (which the Department refers to as “GE Programs”).
As a Domestic Proprietary Institution offering undergraduate degrees, NCAD’s one degree program qualifies as GE Programs. The following section lists the information required by the Department of Education pertaining to each degree program and clarifies what this information means to prospective students.
Placement Rates and Types of Employment by Degree Program
Placement rates are the percentage of graduates from a given program who have acquired jobs within their field of study. This information was compiled via surveys of alumni and their employers using personal contact and verification services as part of the employment verification process required by our accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
The information listed was collected between 2007 and 2013:
BFA in Visual Communication
For the 2008 Student Cohort, 12 of 21 graduates found employment in field equaling a 78% Employment Rate.
Occupational Profiles by Degree Program
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s new regulations, we are required to list the name and U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code of the occupations that our program prepares students to enter. More detailed occupational profiles can be found on the Department of Labor’s O*NET website.
These occupational profiles are generated when cross-referenced with each program’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code. CIP codes are required by the Department of Education for every degree program to help the Department of Education track various outcomes for academic programs. CIP began in 1980 and is updated every 10 years.
The most current CIP codes are based on data from 2010. Since many of our programs place our graduates in fields that developed in the last two decades, the occupations represented in the list may not fully reflect the content or objectives of our programs.
BFA in Visual Communication: 50.0401
Sample of reported job titles: Graphic Designer, Graphic Artist, Creative Director, Artist, Design Director, Composing Room Supervisor, Creative Manager, Desktop Publisher, Graphic Designer/ Production.
Sample of reported job titles: Art Director, Creative Director, Production Manager.
Sample of reported job titles: Web-master, Web Designer, Web Developer.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Sample of reported job titles: Animator, Creative Director, Art Director, Artist, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, 3D Artist, 3D Animator, Animation Director.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Sample of reported job titles: Artist, Fine Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Artist Blacksmith, Illustrator, Portrait Artist, Sacred Art Artist, Stained Glass Artist, Automotive Artist.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate
The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full- time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.
Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this college, 72% of entering students were counted as “full-time, first-time” in 2012.
Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Rates
Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.
Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees:
For the 2009 Student Cohort, 42% of students completed the program within 150% of the program length.
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees:
• Male: 83%
• Female: 69%
(For students who began in Fall 2006)
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees:
• Hispanic/Latino: 50%
• White: 100%
• Race/ethnicity unknown: 74%
The following information is based on institutional data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). First-to-Second Year Retention Rate — 79% of first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students who began their studies at NCAD in Fall 2011 returned to the Institute to continue their studies in Fall 2012.
Graduation Rate — To comply with the Student Right-to-Know Act, the overall graduation rate or IPEDS graduation rate is 74% overall for the cohort that began their studies at NCAD in 2006.
This rate tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking student to see if they complete a degree or other award, such as a certificate, within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
Additional data (as submitted to IPEDS) is available through NCAD’s College Navigator profile on the U.S. Department of Education website.
Graduate and Professional Education
NCAD graduates have enrolled in the following graduate and professional education programs upon graduating from our four-year programs:
• Academy of Art University (San Francisco) — Master of Fine Arts in Illustration
This information was compiled via surveys of alumni and their employers using personal contact and verification services such as
The Work Number (theworknumber.com) and the National Student Clearinghouse (studentclearinghouse.org) as part of the employment verification process required by our accrediting agency, the ACCSC. The information was collected between 2009 and 2013.
Please note: NCAD’s mission is to prepare students for employment in the fields for which they study. The College advises all prospective students that the courses and credits reflected on their transcript may or may not be accepted by a receiving institution.
Students should inquire with the specific receiving institution about the transferability of NCAD credits.
Cost of Attendance by Degree Program
This section lists the average total cost a student would incur to complete a program within the normal length of time indicated by the College, including tuition*, fees, books, supplies, and additional living expenses.
BFA in Visual Communication: $99,093 for undergraduate students who begin in Fall 2011 (using 18% inflation rate for total length of program cost).
This value was determined using the multi-year calculator available on U.S. Department of Education College web site, College Affordability and Transparency Center. The site also includes a variety of other data about individual schools, including information on admissions, retention and graduation rates, and financial aid.
This section lists the median loan debt among graduating seniors separated by federal student loans, institutional financing, and private educational loans. NCAD lists this information as an average of all students who received aid for a given year rather than by individual program:
• Grad Year: 2013
• Title IV: $45,157
• Private Loans: $10,468
• Institutional Financing Plans: N/A
Additional Financial Information related to cost of attendance is available about NCAD on the U.S. Department of Education web site, College Navigator.