DCAD Students
Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2014 admission.
Please complete the application requirements as listed below: 

Aplications for admission to the Delaware College of Art and Design consist of the following:

  • The Application for Admission and a non-refundable application fee of $40 ($80 for international students)
    A copy of the application is found in the College View Book or online. To request a catalog, please fill out an online form.
  • A Portfolio Review: All applicants living within a 200-mile radius of DCAD and Wilmington, Delaware, are expected to visit the College in person for a portfolio review and tour of the school. Applicants who cannot visit in person may mail in a CD of their portfolio to the DCAD Admissions Office, or upload on as outlined under Portfolio Requirements.
  • Letters of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation is required 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 and optional SAT or ACT scores: 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.
  • Transfer Students: DCAD welcomes applications from qualified students who have started their undergraduate education elsewhere. With a rolling-admission calendar, DCAD allows transfer students to apply year-round. Transfer students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure space availability in the limited, selective admissions process. After submitting the Application for Admission and application fee, and sending official high school and college transcripts, transfer applicants should schedule an appointment for a campus tour, interview and portfolio review.

    -Once official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended have been submitted, transfer credits are evaluated for the students’ proposed program of study at DCAD. Only grades of “C” and above from fully-accredited institutions are considered for credit toward equivalent courses at DCAD. A maximum of 29 credits can be transferred toward the Associate of Fine Arts Degree. Transfer students must successfully complete at least 39 to 41 credits through DCAD’s curriculum to earn an AFA degree from DCAD.

    -Transfer credit evaluations prior to enrollment are conducted by the DCAD Admissions Office and approved by the Dean or departmental assignee. Students may petition to change these evaluations only during their first two semesters of enrollment at DCAD.

    -Transfer credits are administered based on course content similarity including course equivalencies and expected learning outcomes as addressed on the course syllabus.  Course syllabi are required for all classes being evaluated for transfer credit.  Art work from studio classes being considered for transfer credit is required. Any transfer credits awarded are for learning only at an accredited college or university, not for life experience.

    -Transfer credits will be noted on the official DCAD transcript and a copy of the Transfer Credit Evaluation will be forwarded to the student, Academic Dean, Registrar, and be placed in the student’s file for review during class registration with the student’s Academic Advisor.
  • Credit by AP Examination: DCAD accepts credits under the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Board. Students receiving a grade of 4 or 5 in academic subjects receive 3 credits toward the DCAD Associate of Fine Arts Degree. A grade of 5 in the Art History AP exam entitles a student to receive credit for the equivalent art history course at DCAD. A grade of 4 or 5 in AP English can be credited toward a Writing and Literature course. In studio areas, scores of 5 in either Drawing or the Studio Art AP exam entitles students to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the Area Coordinator of Foundations for possible first-year studio credit.

EARLY ACTION ADMISSION (Deadline has passed)

Early Action applications and supporting documents must be postmarked by December 2, 2013 for Fall 2014 admission.  The primary reason to apply Early Action to DCAD is to receive an admission and merit scholarship decision before January 1 of your senior year.

The Admissions Office uses the same admission standards during Early Action and rolling admission processes. The only difference for Early Action applicants is that these are the first applications reviewed; therefore more seats are available at this time.

DCAD Early Action

  • Non-binding / non-restrictive (this means you can still apply to other colleges and/or attend another college).
  • May 1 tuition deposit deadline (same deadline as regular admission; you are not required to make your college decision early).
  • Apply by December 2 (submit all materials including application, HS transcript, portfolio).
  • Admission and merit scholarship decisions mailed out before Winter Break.


The deadline to be considered for DCAD's Merit-Based Scholarships is March 15, 2014.