Program Lengths

Program Length

NCAD is authorized by ACCSC to confer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), 134 semester credit double major degree in Visual Communication. The degree program is 2,505 clock hours.

The BFA program is 4.5 academic years (9 semesters), typically completed in 36 months. The BFA program may not exceed 201 credits.

The BFA program is considered a full time program.

NCAD is also authorized by ACCSC to confer Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) Degrees in Graphic Design, Web Design, Web Development, User Experience (UX) Design, and Concept Art.

The Graphic Design, Web Design, Web Development, User Experience (UX) Design, AOS degree programs are 62 credits; The Concept Art AOS degree is 63 credits.

The Graphic Design, Web Design, Web Development, User Experience (UX) Design, AOS degree programs are 1220 Clock Hours; Concept Art is 1250 Clock Hours.

The AOS programs may not exceed 93 credits.

The AOS programs are considered full time programs.

Program lengths are not guaranteed and may be lengthened for various reasons including, but not limited to: course failure, suspension, program changes, course reduction or withdrawal.

NCAD is a year-round college with three 15-week semesters per 12 months.

September—December
January—April
May—August

Students who interrupt the program at any time will be considered to have withdrawn from the program and must reapply. The BFA program must be completed within 201 credits to comply with the satisfactory progress policy.

The AOS programs must be completed within 93 credits to comply with the satisfactory progress policy. The program grids are intended to give you an ideal schedule and broad overview of the curriculums. Course names, titles, sequencing, prerequisites, credit value, content, instructor assignment, and/or scheduling is subject to change.

NCAD’s accelerated and highly structured BFA and AOS programs does not lend itself to flexibility in terms of alternative scheduling due to students failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress.