Student Life

Northwest College of Art & Design’s 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 at 1126 Pacific Ave, in a seven story modern office building in the heart of downtown Tacoma, Washington.

NCAD currently uses 22,000 sq. ft. of the 38,000 sq. ft. building for its classes, computer labs, and various administrative offices.

Specialized facilities include 3 computer labs, 3 lecture rooms, a library, a traditional art studio room, and a open computer/laptop space for student use.

Students also have several dedicated lunch/break/work rooms for their use.

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.

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.

The City

Our campus is located in downtown Tacoma, WA. Tacoma is located in the Pacific Northwest just 30 miles south of Seattle. It is situated along the shore of Puget Sound, and within sight of Mount Rainier.

Tacoma is a main hub of business activity for the South Puget Sound region. Many major employers are located in this area, including State Farm Insurance, Columbia Bank, DaVita, MultiCare Health System, Boeing, Comcast Cable, Intel Corporation, and many more.

Downtown Tacoma has an diverse mix of museums, businesses, professional service firms and fine restaurants.

Great places to visit in Tacoma are Point Defiance Park (and the popular Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium), the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport Museum and the newly expanded Children’s Museum of Tacoma.