Accelerated BFA and AOS Degree Programs Make Us One of the Best Art and Design Colleges in the Seattle Tacoma Area.
Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, NCAD prepares students to reach their creative, technical and professional potential. Our educational focus is on cultivating the skills, from theory to practice, needed for each individual student to meet the challenges of contemporary creative business practice.
NCAD is an art school that fosters the development of intellectual and creative talent of a diverse student body. Within a supportive and caring college environment NCAD’s art and design classes encourage students to experiment and find their individual artistic voice whether it’s through Procreate, Photoshop, traditional painting, watercolor or drawing.
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Art Is A Business
Our program is tailored to provide, in addition to the arts, practical business and entrepreneurship skills to further prepare students to engage in an ever-changing creative marketplace.
[ Small classes, to allow for individual guidance ]
[ A focus on studio time, for hands-on experience ]
[ Instructors that are active professionals in their fields ]
[ Assistance with externship & post-grad job placement ]
[ Courses in creative business, marketing, and finance ]
[ Extended post-graduation education opportunities ]
What Our Graduates Have to Say
My experience at NCAD was quick, challenging, and hands-on. NCAD is definitely the place for self-starters: people who are willing to reach beyond their comfort zone, take initiative, explore, be inspired, and work hard to be successful.
I received an education in Multimedia and Design that has allowed me to adapt to a variety of different projects that I have been exposed to since. It’s so important to be adaptable and my education was broad enough to allow that.
I chose NCAD because it had more to offer than the other large art colleges in the area. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do after I graduated, so the smaller class sizes and program they offered made it easier to choose.
NCA (NCAD) really developed me as a creative person. I really did not know exactly what it was that I wanted beforehand, or what my options really were. I also met a bunch of great people and friends that really inspire and support one another.
NCAD has a really comfortable learning environment where I could really get to know the other students and their strengths. It really felt like a tight family that was really knowledgeable about a lot of different mediums of art.
Come Visit Us
Take a tour of our Tacoma campus to get a feel for our art school, the educational environment, and our downtown location. A visit is a great way to determine if we’re the right career training experience for you. We’d love to show you around!
Ready to Start Your Education Towards Becoming a Creative Professional?
Apply to NCAD today and take the first step in your educational journey towards a future in the creative industries.