Student Life

Northwest College of Art & Design’s rural setting is a transformative element in your college experience.

NCAD honors the individuality of each student and emphasizes the dynamic relationship between education and experience. The College has from its origin focused on integrating learning, personal and professional development.

The NCAD Difference

Student Body: Less than 125

Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Average Studio Class Size: 12–15 students or less

Those are three compelling statistics.

Our college’s size and dedicated faculty make it possible for NCAD to offer individualized attention to our students. This is a key reason why students seeking a unique college experience choose NCAD over a more traditional institution; it’s the attraction of many transfer students seeking a more individualized approach to their education, and it’s the characteristic that appeals to the veteran and career-changer who needs a more focused program of study.

The Campus

NCAD is located on a 26-acre campus with a beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains.

Our Upper Campus houses painting and drawing studios while the Lower Campus offers outdoor patios and a student lounge for students to gather. Flowers and trees flourish on our campus, as do a variety of birds and wildlife.

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The Area

Students can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the area; including hiking, sailing, skateboarding, cycling, and kayaking.

Go snowboarding or skiing at Snoqualmie Pass, and the Olympic Rainforest is a great place to hike or walk. Local parks offer places to hike or stroll on the beach and even camp.

The City

Our close proximity to Seattle allows students to frequently visit local art museums and galleries, and to intern at any number of art or design companies while enrolled in our program.

Seattle also offers many cultural and entertainment opportunities including the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, countless theaters, Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, Seattle Aquarium, Experience Music Project, and the Woodland Park Zoo.

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