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Our application process has three parts:


The application consists of a series of questions about yourself. Once you fill this out, you will be instructed to the next part of the application.


Answer four short questions in essay form. Please answer in a thorough manner. When this is completed, you will be directed to submit your portfolio.


Upload 10 images of your creative work in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format as individual files. All files must be less than 1MB in size. Provide links to video work.

There are several ways to apply to Northwest College of Art & Design

Apply Online Here

Once you have submitted your payment to PayPal and received payment confirmation, click the link on the Paypal confirmation/receipt page to be taken to the NCAD Online Application page. NCAD application fees are  nonrefundable.

Application type

Print Out Application and Send by Mail

Download and print out our NCAD Application for Admission Form (free Adobe Acrobat Reader required to use this file).

All application material as outlined in the catalog must be submitted to:

NCAD Admissions
1126 Pacific Avenue, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA 98402

Contact an Admissions Representative

Call (253) 272-1126 to request further information and assistance in our admissions process.

An NCAD application must be submitted with a nonrefundable application fee:

International Student


U.S. Citizen



Read a copy of the NCAD catalog, available either from one of our NCAD Admissions Representatives or download directly from the link below. You must understand and agree to the information as outlined in this catalog. You must also understand that information in this catalog may change and that it is your responsibility to acquire new volumes of the catalog when available.