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NCAD accepts admissions applications year-round.
New students enter the program in the Fall semester. The recommended deadline for admission for the Fall semester start is July 15. Transfer students can enter the program in the Fall, Winter, or Spring semesters.

Requirements Checklist

Use our Requirements Checklist to find out what you’ll need to prepare before applying to NCAD.

What to do to apply

No. 1

Meet all of the application requirements.


Complete an informational interview with an admissions representative to learn about NCAD and discuss academic, artistic, and professional goals. This interview can be done in person or by phone.


Submit all application materials outlined in the Requirements Checklist. An Application for Admissions form can be requested from an admissions representative at 253.272.1126, or you can apply online.

What to expect after you apply

After we receive all application materials, the NCAD Review Committee will evaluate your application. The Committee may determine that more information is necessary from the applicant (i.e. additional essay, artwork, etc.) in order to make a determination for enrollment.

No. 1

Letter of acceptance or denial

We’ll send a letter of acceptance or denial to each applicant. Accepted students will receive a financial aid information packet outlining possible payment plans, financial aid programs, and available NCAD scholarships.

Shortly thereafter, accepted students will receive an invoice for the $200 tuition deposit, which is due 10 days after receipt of said invoice.

No. 2

Financial Plan & Enrollment Agreement

After the applicant completes their desired financial plan, an enrollment agreement will be completed and sent to the applicant for signature. A $100 registration fee is due at this time.

If the applicant is a high school student, a final copy of their official transcript outlining a graduation date and cumulative GPA must be sent to NCAD. Applicants will not be allowed to begin the program until this information has been submitted.

No. 3

Registration & Orientation

Upon receipt of the enrollment agreement, registration fee, and official transcript, NCAD will create and send the applicant a course schedule.

The applicant will be required to attend orientation on campus.

Applicants for admission may enroll in person, online at, or by mail. Throughout the year, we offer enrollment to qualified applicants in the order in which their applications are accepted and their tuition deposits submitted.

Looking to Transfer to NCAD?

At NCAD, transfer students are valued members of our campus community. Find out more about transferring to NCAD, including details on credit transfers, application deadlines, and what to expect from the transfer process.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Find information on tuition costs and how to finance your education at NCAD.

Ready to Apply to NCAD?

If you’ve completed the requirements checklist and informational interview, you’re ready to apply!