Laguna College of Art and Design

2265 Laguna Canyon Rd - Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Region: West Coast
  • Campus Setting: Rural
  • Size: Very Small

At Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), you, your unlimited creativity and your promising future are our top priorities. Your potential is limitless, and we’re here to provide you the education, the support, the guidance, and the connections you need to bring about positive changes your life and in the lives of others.

We know what top art, design, entertainment and game employers are looking for. By working closely with top industry professionals and by recruiting faculty who are some of the world’s top artists and designers, we’ve taken every step to ensure that your time as an LCAD student is spent mastering the skills and getting the experience that you’ll need to excel as a professional in your industry.

Since its founding in 1961, LCAD has grown significantly to include eleven undergraduate majors, three graduate degree programs, nine minors, and a post-baccalaureate program. LCAD’s campus has grown to include seven sites throughout Laguna Canyon and Laguna Beach that accommodate its population of more than 700 full-time students. LCAD is now one of the leading colleges of art and design not only in California but nationally. For more information, visit

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About Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) was founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, a non-profit college of art and design. In the early 1900s, artists, intellectuals, and entertainers began a thriving cultural community in Laguna Beach. Drawn to the stunning luminance of the area, plein air painters like Edgar Payne and Anna Hills founded the Laguna Beach Art Association, while screen actors like Bette Davis and Charlie Chaplin helped inspire the founding of the Laguna Playhouse. These pioneering cultural ventures spawned the Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Art Museum, and Laguna Beach School of Art (LBSA, the predecessor to the College). Nellie Gail Moulton was one of the founding members of LBSA and provided the first significant gift to the then fledgling college.

Mission Statement

Laguna College of Art & Design prepares individuals for careers as creative artists and designers in a culturally and ethnically diverse world through a curriculum that emphasizes acquiring skills based on observation, representation, and concept development, while embracing challenges of new, innovative technologies. The College is committed to offering its curriculum through accredited degree programs that imaginatively combine studio work with academic studies, and to sharing its resources with the broader community through continuing education and exhibition programs.