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Northwest College of Art & Design (external link)

School Name and Address

Contact for more information

Northwest College of Art & Design
1126 Pacific Avenue
Suite 101
Tacoma, WA 98402
Main telephone 253.272.1126
Website https://ncad.edu/ (external link)
Request more information https://ncad.edu/discover-ncad/request-information/ (external link)

General Information (external link)

General information

Public or private Private
Type of school 4-year college
Educational institution that provides professional art training and instruction.
Date founded 1982
Degrees offered Bachelor's
School accreditation Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eligible training provider Yes

School setting

Setting Urban (in a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Seattle
Population of city the school is in 199,637
Student parking on campus Yes; no fee
County Kitsap

School visits

Visitor information website https://ncad.edu/discover-ncad/visiting-ncad/ (external link)
Contact to set up school visit Admissions Representative; 800.769.ARTS; admissions@ncad.edu

Student Body


Number of full time, undergraduate men 32
Number of full time, undergraduate women 72
Total number of full time undergraduates 104
Number of part time, undergraduate men 0
Number of part time, undergraduate women 0
Total number of part time undergraduates 0
Total number of undergraduate males 32
Total number of undergraduate females 72
Total number of undergraduate students 104
Total enrollment 104

Racial-ethnic background of undergraduate students

American Indian/Alaskan Native 2%
Asian 10%
Black 5%
Hispanic 6%
Multiracial Less than 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Less than 1%
White 68%
Race/ethnicity unknown 5%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.

International students

Percentage of students from outside the US Less than 1%
Number of countries represented 0

Age of students

Percentage of students 25 or older 12%

Costs (external link)

Annual costs for full-time undergraduate students
(Costs are for the 2019-2020 academic year. Full-time costs are based on 30-semester credits per year.)

In-state tuition $18,000
Out-of-state tuition $18,000
Fees $100
Books and supplies $1,750
Board and transportation (live with parents) $4,054
Cost information website https://ncad.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/tuition/ (external link)
The estimated cost of consumable art supplies is $125 to $300 per month and books are $300 to $500 per semester. Part-time tuition (under 12 credits per semester) is $765 per credit.

Tuition rates vary by

Class load (number of credits taken)

Tuition refund policy

https://ncad.edu/admissions/refund-policy/ (external link)

Tuition payment plans available

Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term)
Tuition guarantee (you aren't affected by tuition increases; the tuition you pay your first year is the amount you pay all years)

Financial Aid (external link)

Contact for counseling or more information

Macauley Fox
Financial Aid Officer
Financial aid office website https://ncad.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/ (external link)
Scholarship list website https://ncad.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships/ (external link)

Applying for financial aid

Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Financial aid programs at this school

Federal PLUS loans (for parents)
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized)
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized)
Private loans
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants
Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships and grants
State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Veterans Appreciation Scholarship Program
Merit-based scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships in art

Admissions (external link)

Contact for more information

Jessie Kempf
Admissions Coordinator
Admissions office website https://ncad.edu/admissions/ (external link)
Electronic application website https://ncad.edu/admissions/application/ (external link)

Application dates

Fall* application deadline July 15 (recommended deadline)
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.

Application requirements

Online application available http://ncad.edu/apply-to-ncad/ (external link)
Application fee $200 tuition deposit; $100 registration fee each academic year
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Interview Required for all students
Written essay or personal statement Required for all students
Other application materials 5 piece portfolio, required for all students


Required exams GED students must submit SAT or ACT scores or Accuplacer test results, or transcripts showing a minimum of 30 successfully completed college credits.

Factors considered by schools when evaluating applicants

High school GPA Important
Difficulty of high school courses Considered
Standardized test scores Not considered
High school class rank Not considered
Recommendations Not considered
Application essay Very important
Character/personal qualities Very important
Interview Very important
Talent or ability Very important
Extracurricular activities Considered
Level of applicant's interest Very important
Religious affiliation/commitment Not considered
Work experience Considered
Related to a school graduate Not considered
First generation college student Not considered
Racial/ethnic group Not considered

Transfer student admissions

Admission requirements https://ncad.edu/admissions/transferring-to-ncad/ (external link)

Undergraduate retention and graduation

Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 58%
Percentage of full-time students who complete their bachelor's degree:
In four years or less 28%
Between four and five years 10%

Academics (external link) (PDF file)

Degrees offered


School catalog

School catalog website https://ncad.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NCAD_Catalog_76.pdf (external link) (PDF file)
Academic index website https://ncad.edu/academics/bachelor-of-arts-programs/ (external link)

Faculty and instruction

Academic calendar Semesters
Number of faculty on campus 12
Student faculty ratio 5:1

Graduation requirements

Required number of credits for a bachelor's degree 134 credits
All students must meet:
Computer course requirements
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements
Internship requirement For all students
Math or science requirement
Senior project requirement For all students

Attendance options

Summer school

Optional academic programs

Accelerated degree
Double major

Alternative credit opportunities



Computers on campus for student use
Computer lab available to students
Computer network can be accessed from off campus


Main library name Northwest College of Art & Design Library

Student Life

Clubs and associations

Number of student clubs and associations with open membership 0

Student Services

Academic services for all students

Academic advising

Other services for all students


Services for students with disabilities

Julius Finley
Director of Education
Disabilities services website https://ncad.edu/students/disability-services/ (external link)
Services for students with learning disabilities

Career Services

Contact for more information

Cory Ladd
Career Services Coordinator
Career services website https://ncad.edu/academics/careers/ (external link)

Percentage of recent graduating class that

Had a full-time job offer within six months of graduation 30%
Was counseled by the career services office 100%

Career services offered

Alumni networking and mentoring
Career counseling
Career library
Job bank
Job fairs
Job interview preparation
On campus recruitment by employers
Placement assistance
Résumé preparation assistance
Résumé referral to employers

Educational programs (external link)

List programs by [ title | cluster ]

  • Animation, Video Graphics, and Special Effects
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Entertainment Art [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Interactive Design [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Motion Design [Bachelor's]
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Motion Design [Bachelor's]
  • Digital Communication and Media
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Interactive Design [Bachelor's]
  • Graphic Design
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Graphic Design [Bachelor's]
  • Illustration
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Graphic Design [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Illustration [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Interactive Design [Bachelor's]
  • Multimedia and Intermedia
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Entertainment Art [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Motion Design [Bachelor's]
  • Photography
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
  • Web Page and Multimedia Design
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Interactive Design [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Motion Design [Bachelor's]
  • Workforce Training and WIOA Eligible Training Programs
    • Visual Communication--Double Major [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Entertainment Art [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Graphic Design [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Illustration [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Interactive Design [Bachelor's]
    • Visual Communication--Motion Design [Bachelor's]