Early Action Admission

Credit by AP Examination

DCAD accepts credits under the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Board. Students receiving a grade of 4 or 5 in academic subjects receive 3 credits toward the DCAD Associate of Fine Arts Degree. A grade of 5 in the Art History AP exam entitles a student to receive credit for the equivalent art history course at DCAD. A grade of 4 or 5 in AP English can be credited toward a Writing and Literature course. In studio areas, scores of 5 in either Drawing or the Studio Art AP exam entitles students to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the Area Coordinator of Foundations for possible first-year studio credit.


Early Action applications and supporting documents must be postmarked by December 1 for fall admission.  The primary reason to apply Early Action to DCAD is to receive an admission and merit scholarship decision before January 1 of your senior year.

The Admissions Office uses the same admission standards during Early Action and rolling admission processes. The only difference for Early Action applicants is that these are the first applications reviewed; therefore more seats are available at this time.

DCAD Early Action

  • Non-binding / non-restrictive (this means you can still apply to other colleges and/or attend another college).
  • May 1 tuition deposit deadline (same deadline as regular admission; you are not required to make your college decision early).
  • Apply by December 1 (submit all materials including application, HS transcript, portfolio).
  • Admission and merit scholarship decisions mailed out before Winter Break.


The deadline to be considered for DCAD’s Merit-Based Scholarships is March 15.