International BFA Application Procedures

International BFA Application Procedures



To gain admittance to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, you must be a high school graduate or equivalent, and have achieved above-average performance in academic subjects.

1. Application and Fees

Complete and submit an LCAD application

2. High School and all College Transcripts

Submit official transcripts for high school and all college courses completed. Include listings of all coursework in progress.

All international transcripts must be submitted to IERF for conversion into US equivalents. There is a separate fee and time requirement for this service. Please visit their website and plan accordingly: IERF WEBSITE

3. Essay

Choose one of the following:

A) Describe the first time you heard about LCAD. Include two things that we offer that you believe will be most beneficial for you. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions).

B) Tell us why you feel LCAD is a better fit for you over another college that you were considering. Be sure to refer to specific institutes for comparison. Accomplish this in 300-500 words (no exceptions)

(Please note that the content of your answers will not be used to determine acceptance to the college.)

4. TOEFL/IELTS Test Score

Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) and achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and 79 on the Internet based test or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

International students are required to take an English proficiency test during Orientation Week.

The TOEFL or IELTS sexam may be waived only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, through the completion of English as a Second Language courses and/or having attended schools in the United States for an extended period of time. The Admission Committee may determine that the student has the required proficiency in English and has the ability to communicate appropriately with proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

5. Portfolio

Please visit Portfolio Information for more details.

All application material should be mailed to:

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

You may also email your Essay and Portfolio to:

Christian Ramirez


Upon successful completion of all admission requirements—including your completed LCAD admissions form and submitting all of your transcripts, relevant test scores, and all other required documentation—then within three weeks of your acceptance you will receive written notification of your admission to LCAD by the Director of Admissions.

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Declaration of Finances, I-20 and F1 Student Visas

Once you have been admitted you will receive a formal letter stating so and asking for additional documentation so that we can issue your I-20.  These documents include:

Submit a Declaration of Finances Form from your parent, sponsor, or sponsoring agency and an official bank statement. The bank statement must show a balance equal to or greater than the cost of attendance at the college for one year (Cost of Attendance may vary year to year—the official amount can be obtained from the Office of Admissions + Financial Aid).

Upon your acceptance to the BFA or Certificate program and once LCAD has received your Declaration of Finances and nonrefundable $250 deposit fee, we will send you an I-20 document. The completed I-20 must be taken to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to obtain an F-1Student Visa.


International students pay the same tuition fees as do in-state and domestic students. You can find more information regarding tuition costs here: PAYING FOR TUITION


One of our primary goals at LCAD is to help you make a smooth transition to college. It is our aim to assist you in finding housing that suits your needs. As a means to this end, we provide services and resources that aid you in this process including a Student Housing Coordinator who can assist you to find housing as well as limited on-campus housing for those students who qualify. You can find more information here: HOUSING

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ for quick answers: Frequently Asked Questions or call us at 949-376-6000 ext.248