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Admissions

LAAFA’s full-time student body is made up of international students from all over the world.  The students bring with them a wealth of backgrounds and perspectives that provide a well rounded cultural experience and an ethnically diverse environment here at LAAFA.  We welcome all applicants from different countries.

If you are an international applicant, the first step in becoming a student at LAAFA is to submit an application along with all required documentation.  LAAFA is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.  We assist the students in obtaining an M-1 Visa.  You also have the opportunity to obtain an M-2 dependent I-20 form for your spouse.  Due to the time necessary to process the paperwork in support of the visa application, it is recommended that international applicants complete the application process at least two months prior to the program start date.

Upon acceptance into the BFA and Certificate Program and the issuance of your visa, we can provide you with information on a variety of topics to help you get started in your new journey. We can also help you find a place to live using our complimentary Concierge Service.  Just fill out our simple request form and you will be given a selection of choices that best fit your criteria.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to being responsible for following the same application procedures as other prospective students, all international students have additional documentation requirements.  All International students must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed online application form (see above).
  2. A Portfolio – Containing no more than ten and no less than five of your most recent and best two-dimensional artwork pieces – Students must include at least 3 figurative drawings from life.  Artworks submitted from photographs are strongly discouraged. Please view our “What Makes A Good Portfolio” document.  Images must be in JPEG format.  Images should be as close to 800 X 1200 pixel and 72 DPI. The JPEG must also be large enough to show your entire piece (do not crop your artwork).  Each JPEG must be labeled with a number, and the student’s name.  Include a list of portfolio works with your submission.  Include numbers corresponding to the images submitted, as well as title of work, description of piece, concept and/or subject matter, size, medium, and completion date.
  3. One Required Drawing – Applicants must complete a life size scale drawing of a glass/cup and an egg on white paper.  The drawing must be done in charcoal or graphite.  It may be any opaque glass/cup and egg of your choosing.  We are looking for quality of execution and innovative concepts.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation – LAAFA must receive (from different sources) at least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the student’s artistic desire, talent, and goals or work ethic, dependability and strengths. These letters may come from teachers, mentors or supervisors.
  5. A one or two page Admission Essay or Personal Statement – An essay or personal statement will express your commitment to representational use of the figure in making contemporary art.  In addition, please address why you feel LAAFA is the best choice in pursuing your educational goals. Students are strongly encouraged to read LAAFA’s mission statement.
  6. Applicants must submit an application form on-line, pay $100 application fee and submit all their documents for review. The $100 (non-refundable) application fee may be paid online by credit card or by calling LAAFA at 818-708-9232 or by mailing a check to the Van Nuys Campus.
  7. Official Transcripts for high school and all college courses completed.  Include listing of all course work in progress.  Proof of graduation or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is required.  If you are currently enrolled in high school, please submit transcripts showing your current progress and date of completion.  Official, sealed transcripts must be sent from your high school and/or college directly to the Registrar.  A certified English translation of all academic records’ conversion to the U.S. quarter unit system is required. You may use services such as; Center for Educational Documentation (CED) or World Education Services (WES).
  8. International students whose native language is not English are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS test.  These exams may be waived only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee who may determine that the student has the required proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English.  The Admissions Committee may request testing from any student whose command of the English language is in doubt.  If the student fails to pass this exam, they will be required to take courses in English at a university, community college or ESL center concurrent with their studies at LAAFA.
  9. Complete a Declaration of Finances. The declaration must show how the student plans on paying for the tuition, living expenses as well as supplies and book costs associated with the entire three years of the program as well as a guarantee of payment for one year’s tuition, supplies, and all living expenses.
  10. Copy of Valid Passport.
  11. An additional $100 Visa Application Processing Fee will be due upon acceptance into the program.  The applicant is responsible for all courier costs associated with the shipping of the I-20 form to the student.

Once student is accepted into the program and a $100 Application Processing fee is received, we will send student an I- 20 Document. The completed I-20 must be taken to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to obtain an M- 1 Student Visa. Students that are currently in the US will need to visit the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services online for additional information on how to proceed to change their visa status.

Official Transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Attn:  Registrar
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Applicants may submit their portfolio by emailing admissions@laafa.org. Please don’t bring a physical portfolio to LAAFA as portfolio submissions will not be returned.

Acceptance Process

Upon receipt of all required documents, the portfolio review process will begin:

Instructor Portfolio Review

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Our full-time program faculty conducts the portfolio reviews at LAAFA.  A copy of the faculty reviews will be kept in the student’s file.  If the applicant does not have the basic skills to enter our program, he/she will be directed to attend one or more of our Continuing Education Program course offerings (or to study like courses at a school of similar quality) with the option to reapply at a later date.

Upon the completion of the prospective student’s portfolio review, LAAFA will email the student their acceptance or denial letter.

Visa Processing

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Here are the steps for processing your visa:

Step 1 – Submit all required documents to LAAFA at least two months prior to the program start date.

Step 2 – Once we have determined that you meet all of the admission requirements and you have the financial ability to pay for your education and living expenses, we will create an initial electronic SEVIS record and send you a signed copy of the Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Students), along with detailed instructions.

Step 3 – The Federal Government charges a fee for the visa application process (SEVIS I-901 FEE), which must be paid prior to applying for the actual visa.  Information on how to pay the I-901 fee will be provided with the I-20 form.

Step 4 – Submit your proof of payment of the I-901 fee as well as the LAAFA endorsed I-20 form to a United States Consulate Office to apply for the M-1 visa.

International students who have already been admitted to the United States, and now wish to transfer to LAAFA must file a Form I-539 to change from their current non-immigrant status to an M-1 student.  Most classes of non-immigrants can begin studying at LAAFA while their application is pending.  The exceptions are non-immigrants that are currently in B-1, B-2 or F-2 status.  These non-immigrants cannot begin a program of study prior to approval of their change of status.

You have the ability to enter into the US within a month of the program start date once your visa has been secured.

Transfer Credit

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Transfer of General Education Credits from Other Institutions

Criteria for the transferability of General Education credits from other institutions:

  • Transfer credit for General Studies/Liberal Arts may be accepted from colleges or universities that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education such as Western (WASC), or National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • Transfer credits will only be accepted for those classes with which the student received a grade of “C” or above.
  • The title and description of the course, as well as any information you feel are pertinent for the registrar to know should be included.
  • International course transfer is considered on a case-by-case basis. A certified English translation of all academic records’ conversion to the U.S. quarter unit system is required. You may use services such as; Center for Educational Documentation (CED) or World Education Services (WES).  International college documents will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • LAAFA’s transfer policy for General Education courses is that 3 credits, no more or less, will be awarded for any course that is encompassed in LAAFA’s list of required General Education courses, regardless of the credits earned from the institution of origin (Institute of origin may award more or less credits for any given course, based on the individual policies of the institution or based on semester/quarter format.)
  • Transferred courses will satisfy the General Education requirements for the respective areas of the General Education curriculum.
  • The faculty chair is the final authority for approving a course for transfer in the general education areas.
  • Evaluations must take place prior to orientation and registration.

LAAFA accepts transfer courses in the area of Art History, though incoming transfer students are encouraged to take all Art History courses offered as part of the LAAFA curriculum as opposed to transferring these requirements from another institution.

LAAFA accepts transfer courses of the following nature: Creative Writing, Introduction to Music, Introduction to Dance, Introduction to Theater Arts, Introduction to Film. These courses, or courses with similar titles, are part of LAAFA’s required Experience of the Non-Visual Arts curriculum, and students are encouraged to take all Experience of the Non-Visual Arts courses as part of the LAAFA curriculum as opposed to transferring these courses from another institution.

LAAFA accepts transfer courses in Business of Art or Business of Entertainment Art, or courses with similar titles, though students are encouraged to take these courses at LAAFA as opposed to transferring these requirements from another institution.

LAAFA doesn’t charge a fee for the evaluation of the student’s transfer credit.

Transfer of Studio Credits from Other Institutions

A transfer portfolio must be submitted for each studio art course you wish to be considered for transfer.  Transfer portfolio evaluations must take place prior to orientation and registration.  LAAFA will be looking for evidence of the work you completed in the specific course or courses you wish to apply toward required courses in the LAAFA curriculum. Submit at least 6 to 10 examples from each studio class.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • A grade of “C” or better from an accredited American post secondary institution is the minimum grade required for transfer studio eligibility. Your portfolio must reflect the overall strength of the course you have completed.
  • The title and description of the course, as well as any information you feel are pertinent for the reviewer to know should be included with your portfolio.
  • Your work must be organized in a chronological manner.
  • All fragile media must have a cover sheet.
  • Label the outside of your portfolio with your name and “Transfer Portfolio.”
  • Portfolios cannot be evaluated until the Registrar has reviewed your transcripts.
  • Your portfolio will be evaluated by the full-time faculty. The evaluator will document their findings in the student’s file and forward the results to the Registrar.  If the student disagrees with the findings, they may appeal their case to the Faculty Chair for review.  The Faculty Chair will further document the student’s file with their findings and notify the Registrar.
  • International course transfer is considered on a case-by-case basis. A certified English translation of all academic records’ conversion to the U.S. quarter unit system is required. You may use services such as; Center for Educational Documentation (CED) or World Education Services (WES).  International college documents will be evaluated on an individual basis.

LAAFA doesn’t charge a fee for the evaluation of the student’s transfer credit.

Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned At Our Institution

The transferability of credits you earn at LAAFA is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn in Fine Art or Entertainment Art is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.  If the credits or degree, diploma or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution.  For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at LAAFA will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending LAAFA to determine if your credits or Degree, diploma or certificate will transfer.

Once a student is done with their studies at LAAFA and if they wish to attend another college, we will, on behalf of the student, attempt to articulate an agreement with their school of choice.

Admission Dates & Deadlines

LAAFA has a rolling admissions policy.  Applications are accepted until all the spots in the Full-time Program are full.  The priority dates below will give students the opportunity for scholarships, work study opportunities and a smooth transition to LAAFA.

The priority date for Spring 2015 is January 15, 2015.
The priority date for Fall 2015 is June 15, 2015.

Quarter  Spring 2015 (Entertainment Art)          Fall 2015 (Fine Art)
Start Date  March 30, 2015                                   October 5, 2015
Payment Deadline  February 27, 2015                               September 4, 2015

 

Final Payment Due

Upon acceptance, student will have the opportunity to hold a spot by paying the $250 payment fee. First quarter tuition is due on a specified deadline, usually one month prior to the start of the quarter. If tuition is not paid in full by that time, the student might lose their starting spot.

The deposit of $250 is credited toward the first quarter’s tuition. The student must submit a completed and signed enrollment form with their payment.

LAAFA accepts cash, check, Master Card, and Visa. Please note that all students, except those with a payment plan agreement and those students accepted after the deadline with the school, must be PAID IN FULL by the payment deadline. A late fee of $150.00 will apply for payments received after the payment deadline date. A student will be barred from attending classes or any of the administrative meetings discussing future quarters until his/her balance is at zero.