About Northwest College of Art & Design

Founded in 1982, Northwest College of Art & Design. is a college. Located in Washington, which is a city setting in Washington, the campus itself is Rural. The campus is home to 98 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

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

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at NCA are considered , with ,1% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 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.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

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

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“We”re apathetic”
75%
“We know about current events and vote”
25%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
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“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
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“We save it for the classroom”
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“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
50%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
75%
“I feel extremely safe”
100%
“We don”t play sports”
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“We play recreationally”
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“We bought the gear”
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“We live for the big game”
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“It”s not really our thing”
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“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
25%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
75%
“We”re a very artistic group”
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“Haven”t met them”
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“Available in class”
33%
“They keep regular office hours”
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“They”re always available”
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“No greek life, but other groups to join”
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“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
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“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
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“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
25%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
75%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
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“There”s some drinking happening every night”
50%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
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“People are known to partake on weekends”
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“There”s a huge drug scene”
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“We”re apathetic”
75%
“We know about current events and vote”
25%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
50%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
75%
“I feel extremely safe”
100%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
0%
“We bought the gear”
0%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
25%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
75%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
33%
“Available in class”
33%
“They keep regular office hours”
33%
“They”re always available”
100%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
25%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
75%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
50%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
75%
“We know about current events and vote”
25%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
50%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
75%
“I feel extremely safe”
100%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
0%
“We bought the gear”
0%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
25%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
75%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
33%
“Available in class”
33%
“They keep regular office hours”
33%
“They”re always available”
100%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
25%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
75%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
50%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    5 Students rated on-campus housing 1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    2 Students rated off-campus housing 4.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    4 Students rated campus food 1.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    5 Students rated campus facilities 4.8 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    5 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 80 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    4 Students rated school activities 2.3 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    5 Students rated local services 4.8 stars. 80 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    5 Students rated academics 5 stars. 100 % gave the school a 5.0.

Northwest College of Art & Design REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Northwest College of Art & Design?

6 Students rated Northwest College of Art & Design

Emily - 08/26/2019

Overall I have had a decent experience but if you want to attend this school its a good idea to research everything about your career options. Some things need some work but the staff is nice. I don't know if I would fully recommend this college to someone pursuing the arts. The pacing of semesters and classes feel very rushed and it can be difficult to retain.

alex - 08/06/2019

I can already tell how wonderful this school is going to be. The class sizes and professors are very personable and provide a great environment to learn and grow in the arts. The staff truly care about my well-being and really want me to succeed. I know that with this school I can become a very successful artist.

Anabell - 12/18/2017

It's a very small private institute. They don't offer campus dorms or food, thus the reason why they got the rating I gave. NCAD is going to be expanding during the years to come, so there will be a lot more things to look forward to! The teacher to student ratio is amazing, and you never have to worry about asking questions during class or not being able to understand classwork/homework. Your classmates and upperclassmen are all eager to discuss schoolwork with you. All our staff are all professionals in the industry, so you will get first hand experience and advice on how your desired major works. You are treated like you're already in the industry, and you will be graded based on your product/outcome and not your effort!

Hannah - 12/18/2017

NCAD is a very career specific school with a lot of resources, as well as very current knowledge on the art industry. All art professors have worked in the art field, and some currently still do. They provide very good insight on the art industry, and offer critical but constructive criticism on assignments. There is no on campus living, but the financial ad advisor does offer solid listings. All faculty is very nice, and class sizes are small due to the small campus size. We have a student lounge, but no on campus cafeteria or food readily available. However, the school has relocated to downtown Tacoma, and there is a lot of stores and restaurants in the area. Parking is free, but we do have to park by the Tacoma Dome and ride the link to get to class. Overall, it's very career based and I enjoy the classes.

Northwest College of Art & Design FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Northwest College of Art & Design?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Northwest College of Art & Design is 100%. 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?

    If I were able to go back in time and tell myself about the future and about how to transition and prepare myself for college life, it would be summed up as such. I'd tell myself to be prepared for hardship, and attempt to plan everything out. I would tell myself to not be afraid to make mistakes, but to look over things twice. Never forget to make friends and to always believe in yourself, along with the friends and school around you. To make sure it's what you really want, and to strive towards the dreams of becoming an artist no matter how difficult it may seem. Of course I'd make sure to tell myself to have plenty of money in hand, but I'd make sure to reiderate, that no matter how scary it might get, to just trust your gut and go with your best judgement on things. That college is a great experience and you should enjoy it while it lasts, be ready with a job, a pencil and paper, and all of the good hopes and wishes that your parents and loved ones set forth towards and with you at all times!

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

    NCA is a wonderful and very inspirational area and school to be in, the only complaint for me would be that it costs allot to get in with very few specific scholarships built towards the school itself. That and there are some issues when it comes to getting what you paid for on occasion. Otherwise NCA is quite enjoyable.

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

    Northwest College of Art has a very particular academic calendar, being an all year school, classes are chosen for the student depending on his or her major. The relatively small student body translates into a relatively small teaching staff and several teachers are repeated throughout varied classes, for better or worse. Also, being somewhat of a new school, NCA continues to work out bugs in the system, mostly referring to a steady teaching staff. Being a private school, although accredited, NCA accepts and transfers very few if any credits at all.

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

    Student who are not looking to further procure a career field in the arts, have no real interest in artistic areas, or those who want a more structured college with on campus housing, etc...

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very talented, and I can see their potential to grow and ability to do so.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    A bachelor of fine arts degree with double majors. The school is year-round, so students graduate in 3 years.

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

    The size of the student body at Northwest College of Art provides for an unparalleled teacher student relationship. Students are able to engage so much more, in a hands on, interactive learning enviornment, especially desireable in an institution of artistic learning. Furthermore, the rural and forest-like setting of NCA adds an inspirational atmosphere not only to the creative process but to the whole college experience outside of academic study. Mostly, NCA offers a double major visual communications degree inclusive in one tuition.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    This school is great for students who are self motivated and have great imagination. They also need to be able to take critisism well. This is a school where the students get to know eachother well and need to be able to work well together. Someone who is always happy and enjoys what they are going into. This school is very direct towards art students and is not for someone who enjoys math and science styled classes.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is that there are limited financial aid resources. I've tried applying to many potential loans and grants to which I was not qualified to receive because the school is private.

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Student Body

Students

69%

female

31%

male

98

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

19%

Out-Of-State

81%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

No

On-Campus Housing

N/A

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
73%

TUITION & AID

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.

79% of students attending Northwest College of Art & Design receive some sort of financial aid. 41% were awarded federal grants. While 76% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$19,075

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$825

Books and Supplies

$9,583

Room and Board

29,483

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$18,129
$30 - $48K
$20,712
$48 - $75K
$29,347
$75 - $110K
$29,789
$110K & UP
$29,789

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