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.

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.


Students who interrupt the program at any time will be considered to have withdrawn from the program and must reapply.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.

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