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A student is typically enrolled for an academic year (2 semesters).

Tuition is based on the number of credits scheduled each semester. The BFA program in Visual Communication at NCAD typically consists of 9 semesters, or 4.5 academic years.

Our Change Policy at NCAD

All students are notified of changes in tuition within 30 days of the effective date of the change and are published in a revised catalog and enrollment agreement.

Students can view or download the catalog from NCAD’s website and are advised during orientation to periodically review, throughout their program the website for updates and changes.

Current students are also informed of any changes at the time they meet with the Financial Aid Officer to process the upcoming year’s financial aid and/or to sign their enrollment agreement.

Full Time Tuition

Full time enrollment is defined as 12–15 credits per semester. Any credit above the full time maximum of 15 credits per semester will be charged at the part time tuition rate.

Full Time Tuition per Academic year (2 semesters) is $18,000.

Part Time Tuition

Part time enrollment is defined as less than 12 credits per semester.

Part Time Tuition Charge per credit $765.

Note: A single class is typically 2 credits / $1,530 or 3 credits $2,295. See program grids for information on individual course credits.


Late payments will be charged a monthly 0.83% finance charge.

$25 Application Fee
$100 International Student Application Fee
$25 Computer Lab Fine
$35 NSF Check Fee
$5 Official Transcript Copy (each) for non-enrolled students
$100 Program Withdrawal Fee
$50 Readmission Fee
$100 Registration Fee (per academic year)
$200 Tuition Deposit Paid Before Enrollment and Applied to Tuition Charges

Additional Information

Students are required to furnish their own art supplies during the program. The estimated cost of consumable art supplies is $125 per month and the estimated cost of text books is $300–$500 per semester. The cost of suggested digital equipment (e.g. digital drawing tablet, digital camera, external storage drives, etc.) is estimated to be $750– $1250 over the total length of the program.
Students will be informed of required materials, including required books, supplies, and digital equipment, in a timely manner. Purchases should be made before the semester begins, or in the case of required digital equipment, before the start of the program.

At the instructor’s discretion, students may be marked absent if they attempt to attend courses without required books, supplies, or equipment.

Payment plans are available. Please contact the Director of Operations for details. These plans do not include art materials, kits, or books.

Returned checks or credit card charges and failure to pay tuition and course-related fees may result in the student being withdrawn from his/her classes. NCAD reserves the right to make a determination on a case- by-case basis. Students will be notified of the withdrawal and the current applicable refund policy will be calculated, based on the student’s last date of attendance, to determine any charges that may be owed to the college, including the withdrawal fee. The students past due account will be turned over to United Collection Services, Inc. for collections services if the student has not made an approved payment plan with NCAD, or fails to abide by the agreed upon payment plan. All outstanding fees, based on the current fee schedule, must be paid prior to the student being allowed to re-enter classes.

NCAD reserves the right to withhold grade cards, academic transcripts, diplomas and letters of recommendation until all charges have been paid and the student’s account is cleared. NCAD reserves the right to suspend the student privilege of participating in NCAD scheduled field trips, events and Commencement/ Graduation Ceremonies if the student has an unpaid student account balance. Failure to pay tuition and fees can result in cancellation of registration and financial aid.