President’s Letter

Craig Freeman

It would be difficult to imagine a world without art. The creative spirit has shaped, designed, and created much of what we value in our visual world. Humans have interpreted virtually every facet of daily life, since our early beginnings, with art. The artist today explores traditional art-making combined with what seems to be unlimited technology and multimedia imaging. It is truly an incredible time to be an artist.

At Northwest College of Art & Design our faculty, staff, students, graduates, and advisory board members support our philosophy, that “art is both a business and a passion.” The born creative genius is rare. Rather, at NCAD, professional artists are created through a sequential and comprehensive curriculum; a knowledgeable and professional faculty; students who want to be extraordinary; a campus environment that is inspiring and supportive to the creative spirit and a dual emphasis on individualism and job placement.

Artists must make art. We must create to be happy. But we must be knowledgeable, develop a strong sense of curiosity, be aware of both traditional techniques and current technology, and have the courage to be truly original.

Through Northwest College of Art & Design’s B.F.A. degree in Visual Communication, you will define your own creative direction, build a marketable portfolio, and develop a style that is extraordinary.

—Craig Freeman

Craig Freeman is the Founder and President of Northwest College of Art & Design and has an M.A. in Fine Art from San Jose State University California and a B.A. in Fine Art from Hayward State University.