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Submit a completed application to NCAD.

Arrange for an informational interview with an Admissions Representative. This can be conducted on the phone or at the NCAD campus.

Submit an official high school transcript or GED certificate and official transcripts for all colleges attended. Students must be a public or accredited private high school graduate, be an accredited home school graduate, or have earned a GED.

Students who have completed a home school program must show proof of school accreditation, program accreditation, or GED.

1. Discuss your academic background and achievements.
2. Describe in detail how you would handle the following situation.
Your boss is the art director of a publishing company that works on tight deadlines. You are an entry level Graphic Designer doing book layout, you realize that one of the pages used reference images that could get your company in trouble because you didn’t get permission from the original artist to use it. The deadline for your project is just 2 days away. What do you do? 
3. Explain in detail your entry level career goals and your ultimate career goals.
4. How will attending NCAD help you reach those career goals?

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Submit a portfolio of current work, with a minimum of 10 pieces in digital format. All pieces do not need to be in your chosen medium of concentration, but they should enable the Application Review Committee to assess your current skills and potential for success in the program.

The Application Review Committee may determine additional information or work is necessary from the applicant in order to make a determination for enrollment.

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The transfer credit deadline is August 15th. Credit will not be transferred after this date.

Incoming students must arrange a meeting with our Financial Aid Officer to better understand their financial aid and scholarship option. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

There is a no application fee for international students. In addition to completing all of the admissions requirements listed previously, international students must submit a translated, certified-true official copy of a high school transcript and TOEFL test score of at least 500 (paper) or 61 (internet). TOEFL test scores are not required for students from English-speaking countries or for students who have graduated from a US high school.

The official academic records must be reviewed and translated by a foreign credential evaluator service that is recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and the American Translators Association (ATA). It is the applicants responsibility to obtain these services through the appropriate channels.

NCAD reserves the right to require ESL courses if deemed necessary. If the international student is accepted, the college will begin the required paperwork for the I-20 Visa. At this time, the international student must submit documentation that demonstrates his or her ability to pay for all tuition, fees, and living expenses for each academic year. The appropriate I-20 form will be processed after all documentation is satisfied. For more information on obtaining a student visa, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site.