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Submit a completed application to NCAD.

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.

GED students will be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, ACCUPLACER test results, or college transcripts that show a minimum of 30 successfully completed college credits.

Submit transfer credit information (if applicable) as outlined under “transfer credit” in this catalog. The transfer credit deadline is August 1st. Credit will not be transferred after this date.

1. Discuss your academic background and achievements.

2. Describe in detail one personal challenge that you have faced and how you met that challenge.

3. Briefly describe your short- and long-term career goals.

4. Why have you chosen this career or profession?

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

Submit a portfolio of your current work with a minimum of 10 pieces in digital format with your application packet. All pieces do not need to be in your chosen medium of concentration, but they should enable the Review Committee to assess your current skills and potential for success in the program. Digital formats that are considered acceptable include .jpegs of images/ work or .pdfs of compilations of work. Please contact an Admissions Representative for more specifics about digital portfolio submission requirements and the submission process.

In addition to the submitted pieces of recent finished work, applicants may choose optionally to submit several additional sample pages from their sketchbook digitally to illustrate the applicants artistic process.

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

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.