Committed, aspiring artists and designers are invited to apply.

If you would benefit from rigorous academics, hands-on studio work, and meaningful mentorship from our faculty of practicing, professional artists and designers, we invite you to stART here.

 

 

Application Requirements
Four Easy Steps
  • Application

    Includes a non-refundable application fee of $40 ($80 for international students). Once you complete your online application, you will be directed to your applicant portal where you can check the status of your DCAD application anytime. Remember, application requirements may take up to two days to process and reflect on the applicant portal.

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  • Portfolio Review

    A portfolio of artwork is required for admission into DCAD’s Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program. All applicants are invited to visit the college in person for a portfolio review and tour of the school. Applicants who cannot visit in person may submit their portfolio online.

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  • Recommendation Letter

    One letter of recommendation is requested from an art teacher or academic teacher. For students who have been out of school for three years or more, a letter from someone who knows you in a professional manner is acceptable. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the DCAD Admissions Office or faxed to 302.622.8870.

  • High School Transcripts

    All applicants must have received a high school diploma or the equivalent prior to entering DCAD. Official copies of all high school transcripts must be forwarded to the DCAD Admissions Office. The submission of SAT or ACT scores, though not required, is highly recommended. Applicants should ensure that all standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), if available, are included with their transcripts. DCAD’s CEEB code is 5161.

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An important advantage of DCAD is its tuition, which is considerably lower than other independent colleges of art and design.

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International Students
International Students Welcome

DCAD welcomes International Students to join our creative campus. The diverse student population and close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. is ideal for students studying from abroad. International students find that the small classes and friendly environment allow them to maximize artistic achievement and success.

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Thank you for your interest in learning more about DCAD. To get in touch with our admissions staff or to be placed on DCAD’s mailing or email list, please contact us.

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