About Laguna College of Art and Design

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Rural. The campus is home to 567 full time undergraduate students, and 51 full time graduate students.

The Laguna College of Art and Design Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 22 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Laguna College of Art and Design include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate39%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
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ACT Range

Admissions at LCAD are considered More Selective, with ,3% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Laguna College of Art and Design.

Laguna College of Art and Design REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    15 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    10 Students rated off-campus housing 4.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    16 Students rated campus food 2.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    16 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    16 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 75 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    16 Students rated school activities 3.3 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    16 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    16 Students rated academics 4.9 stars. 81 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Laguna College of Art and Design?

19 Students rated Laguna College of Art and Design

Paris - 03/15/2024

LCAD has the potential to be one of the best art schools out there. While it does have its own issues that come with being a school (some professors are better than others, scheduling issues), the worthwhile of it really varies person to person. While some people see LCAD as one of the best and it fits them like a glove, I've seen other classmates that aren't so happy. Overall, your experience is up to you and how much you want to grow as an artist and person... The food and housing options definitely have a lot of room for improvement though...

Xiaoting - 12/26/2023

I am currently studying Studio Art at Norco College and have won the Outstanding Drawing Award for 2023 at the Art Student Invitation Exhibition at this university. I have just been admitted to Laguna College Art of Design and have conducted extensive research on this school before registering. Firstly, this school is located at a moderate distance from my home, and its faculty and expertise in painting are also attractive to me, It is also located near Laguna Beach. Every time students go to school for classes, they are also breathing in the fresh air of the seaside. For art students, this seems to be a source of inspiration. Of course, my real goal is still to truly improve and learn in the field of painting art, and to successfully obtain my undergraduate diploma, Continuing my master's studies, my current plan is to apply to this school for a master's degree, unless I suddenly move. As a mother of three daughters, I have to take care of my family and daughters' lives while studying. This is a regret and a huge challenge. However, I am willing to work hard to overcome these difficulties to achieve my dream of graduating from university. My painting has participated in multiple art exhibitions in the United States and China, And there are news media reports. So if I want to improve in the field of painting, only this school has the most suitable painting major for me. Whether it's drawing or painting, I can get better quality learning in this major.

Didi - 04/01/2023

It is a great art school if you're looking for somewhere that's not too big or crowded, the staff and students there are wonderful and very skilled. The school also has great connections to industries such as Disney, Blizzard, Riot and other entertainment companies and having a small school can allow for more connections to be made.

Ayanami - 01/11/2021

It's a really nice place and the majors here are the ones I truly am looking for. The classes for a career that I aim towards align as well as the community is friendly and the architecture is beautiful as is the view beside the ocean, the design of such a place is very enlightening to minds at work for art and such. I would love to study here if it were possible.

Laguna College of Art and Design FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Laguna College of Art and Design?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Laguna College of Art and Design is 39%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The advice I would give myself would be to be ready to work hard and long hours on projects. College is much different from high school, where as a student in high school homework assignments can be done within a few hours, and college assignments at an art school take long hours, weeks, and a lot of preparation before final projects are due. Competition is another factor at an art college, it is not a field one can easily fit into. I would also tell myself to practice as much as possible. It is difficult to compete when there is someone steps ahead of you, for the reason people in college are at different levels and skills. I would definitely tell myself to assure this is what I want for myself and research art careers before making the jump to a four year college. I often have seen students drop out for the reason the workload can overwhelm. I would also advise myself to have fun, do not overthink, and always expect the unexpected.

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  3. What kind of person should attend this school?

    You should attend this school if you are interested in a small, quaint environment, if you like a close community of students (there are only about 300), and professors that are able to get personal work done with you. If you are the type of person who likes to get heard, come here: there is plenty of opportunity to voice your opinion and get feedback on it too! This school is for those with great interest in the fine arts, but there is also a great game art and graphic design major.

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  4. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Don't attend if you like a big school with a grand campus and impressive classroom sizes. Don't attend if you would like a cafeteria handy (there's no food service here, only the vending machine), or if you like a lot of students walking around. Don't attend if you are looking for performing arts like music or drama.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Laguna College of Art and Design not only offers the best they can to their students, but they procure some of the best graduates.

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The difference from LCAD than other colleges is, it is focused on art related fields. The faculty is well respected in their careers outside of the school and bring foundation courses before bringing advanced course studies. Students learn step by step of the skills needed to survive in an art related field, wether it's painting and drawing, sculpture, game art, animation or graphic design. Other colleges I have attended to, do not cover the full abilities and skill one needs to be succesful.

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  7. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    They work you hard and the nest that you can when it comes to the work that you love. They have wonderful connections to studios and film departments to work in and the area is definitely made for all artists alike!

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    While the location and campus are stunning, the programs offered are strong and the staff/faculty are not only considerate but largely experienced in each of their individual fields, which definitely helps to further the growth of the students in attendance. Having a small campus focused almost entirely on the arts helps to guide each individual student towards their speciality as they delve further into their fields of study as well as their future, and having such dedicated teachers is a tremendously helpful thing.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    that community college is a viable option if you are unsure of your major, I wasted 3 years at a University before I discovered that LCAD was the place for me. Community collegesare a great place to get the basics without burning a hole in your pocket or wasting time learning something you may not choose to do.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The only thing that I would change about my school is the price. I love everything form the students and teachers to the small, quaint, campus riddled with sculptures of the human figure contrasted by modern architecture. My only desire is for transportation, the 2 hour bus ride eats very valuable time that I can't use for homework due to the nature of the public transit system and art itself. The tuition is reasonable but still a very high mountain to climb for someone in my position.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I am most proud of the school's small classes and incredibly attentive and passionate teachers and faculty. Every one of the teachers was recently or is currently in the Game Industry which gives hard working students the edge then need to break into the field.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Laguna College of Art and Design receive some sort of financial aid. 28% were awarded federal grants. While 56% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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