Laguna College observes a rolling admissions policy. While some schools require applications to be received by a certain date, schools with a rolling admissions policy accept applications until enrollment is at capacity. Although, the following priority dates are highly recommended for priority consideration to the MFA Program.

• Priority Date for Spring Applications: September 1st
• Priority Date for Fall Applications: February 2nd


To be admitted to the Master of Fine Arts program, applicants must have attained a Bachelors degree with a 3.0 GPA in studio subjects. The degree must be awarded from an institution accredited by an appropriate regional accrediting body. Please carefully read the following requirements for admission to the Master of Fine Arts program at Laguna College of Art + Design. Mail all application materials to:

MFA Graduate Admissions
Laguna College of Art + Design
2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Submit the MFA application for admission along with a $50 non-refundable application fee. The application fee is waived when applying online. LCAD honors the College Board application fee waiver form.


Official transcripts from all accredited colleges attended are required for admission. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.


A 500 word personal statement of the applicant’s educational and artistic goals related to the MFA in Painting at Laguna College is required for admission. Applicants applying online will have the opportunity to upload their personal statement along with the application.


Please submit an outline of your educational, professional, and work-related experiences.


Submit two letters of recommendation from previous instructors, practicing artists, or college administrators. Letters must be mailed to Graduate Admissions in a sealed envelope.


A personal interview with the Graduate Chair and/or Dean of Fine Arts is required for all applicants. Applicants residing within a 150-mile radius of Laguna Beach are required to visit campus for the interview. Applicants living outside this radius will conduct a phone interview.


Submit a portfolio CD of 15 to 20 works along with an inventory list of works in the order they appear. Include the title, medium, size and date of completion for each piece. Clearly label all application materials.

It is recommended that the applicant have their works photographed by a competent individual using quality equipment, or a professional photographer. Poor image resolution, lighting problems, distracting backgrounds, cropped artworks, etc., will adversely affect portfolio presentation and ratings.

The portfolio will ideally include recent (2-4 years) images of figure, portrait, or nature drawings and/or paintings done from direct observation. Still life, room interior, landscape, or narrative figure paintings, (including work from imagination in part or whole) are encouraged, especially if representative of the applicant’s current creative work, or reflective of themes he/she wishes to pursue in their graduate program studies.


Upon the receipt of all required application materials, the applicant will receive written notification via mail. Accepted applicants must confirm admission to the MFA program within two weeks of notification by returning the Enrollment Form enclosed in the acceptance packet. A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit along with the Enrollment Form confirms admission and secures enrollment for the applied semester. Accepted applicants who do not deposit will be placed on a wait list.


International students must submit verification of English language proficiency by obtaining a score of at least 550 on a TOEFL test. Transcripts must be certified translations, and a Declaration of Financial Sponsorship must be received. The cost of attending Laguna College of Art + Design is approximately $35,000 for a school year. This estimate is for a full time student and includes housing costs.