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Northwest College of Art & Design

Northwest College of Art & Design is college with 94 students located in Poulsbo, WA.

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Founded in 1982 by Craig N. Freeman as Northwest Art Center, NCAD has been since its beginning a specialized school of art. Originally located on the waterfront of Liberty Bay, Northwest College of Art & Design began its journey with a small student body and a two year certificate program.

As the years went by the College grew in size and the demand for a degree program prompted the Founder to expand the curriculum to an associate degree level.

In the early nineties NCAD said good-bye to the beautiful waterfront, and relocated to the Mains Manor Estate in Poulsbo, Washington, A 26 acre estate where the College could continue to expand its facilities without losing the outdoor beauty that had become essential to our students. NCAD is just 9 miles from the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and just a 35-minute ferry ride to the heart of downtown Seattle.

This bold move allowed the College to modify its program once more to create the B.F.A. degree program in Visual Communication and later expand it by adding multiple majors.

Today, NCAD continues its history of positive growth. Over the years NCAD has maintained its mission to educate and prepare individuals for the creative arts world. We invite you to be a part of our exciting and challenging future.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 94
Gender 30% Male / 70% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 95% Full Time / 5% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 68% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3%
Multi-racial 11%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Student Services

  • Computer Services: wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major internships accelerated program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Design and Visual Communications (100%)

Majors Offered


A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

Director Kim Perigard
Accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Student : Faculty Ratio 18 : 1




Acceptance Rate: 82.4% accepted of 85 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Talent Ability, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest

Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Extracurricular Activities, Standardized Test Scores, Volunteer Work, Work Experience



Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $22,629 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $23,637
$30K-$48K $21,262
$48K-$75K $31,639
$75K-$110K $30,350
$110K+ $31,639

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $18,200, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,200 Same as On-Campus
Fees $800 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $9,492
Books $3,120 $3,120
Total (before financial aid) $22,120 $31,612

Students Receiving Aid

68% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 93% $8,908
Federal Scholarships/Grants 68% $5,047
Institutional Grants 7% $2,666
Other Loans 11% $10,400
Pell Grants 68% $5,047
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 36% $6,418
Student Loans 93% $10,108

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

36% of students graduated on time.

36% of students graduated in six years.

64% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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