Laguna College of Art and Design
|Motto||Empowering Creative Leaders|
|Location||Laguna Beach, California, United States
Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), is a dually accredited private college located in Laguna Beach, California. With an enrollment of approximately 550 students, the College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in seven majors: Animation, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design. Minors are offered in Animation, Art History, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration, and Sculpture. LCAD also offers four Master of Fine Arts degrees in Art of Game Design, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting; and a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Drawing and Painting.
Nike executives have named LCAD as having "1 of 4 best design schools in the world." As well as the only college in the world to have a degree in Graphic Design + Digital Media with Action Sports emphasis. LCAD is considered one of the country’s best for digital arts, specifically animation, game art, and graphic design, with a success rate of graduating students quickly being hired at top animation and gaming companies and action sports brands, including Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, DreamWorks, EA, Walt Disney Animation, Nike, Activision, Cartoon Network, Microsoft, Hurley, and Nickelodeon.
LCAD has an affiliate arrangement with the Florence Academy of Art for summer study in Florence, Italy for class credit. Similar arrangements for Painting and Drawing majors exist with the Art Students League, and for Game Art majors with the Academy for Digital Entertainment at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. In Graphic Design, an association was created in 2011 with the Communication University of China, Beijing. Since 2014, the College also has partnered with Vermont College of Fine Arts on a BFA/MAT dual degree program.
Laguna College of Art and Design's campus sprawls across several scenic acres from the Big Bend area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to downtown Laguna Beach. The College's historic Main Campus is situated in Laguna Canyon, on 4 acres (16,000 m2). Across the street from the Main Campus are the Suzanne Chonette Senior Studios and LCAD's Administration Building. The College also has a Big Bend campus, a South Campus, Student Housing, and LCAD Gallery. LCAD maintains the Dennis and Leslie Power Library with access to a multi-media collection including over 20,000 volumes.
- "Laguna College of Art and Design". Accredited Institutional Members. National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Statement of Accreditation Status: Laguna College of Art and Design". Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges. July 7, 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.