Student Artwork by Bavly Hanna Concept Feng Wei
Student Artwork by Bavly Hanna Concept Feng Wei


Find answers to the most common questions below. Can’t find the answers you’re looking for? Reach out to Admissions for quick assistance.

General Questions

Who can apply to the BFA degree program?

Gnomon’s BFA program is available to all students, both domestic and International, who have graduated from High School (or its equivalent). Gnomon’s classes are intended for students 18 years of age or above. Individuals who are 17 may be considered for the BFA program as long as they turn 18 years of age within 90 days of the start of their course and present a GPA of 3.0 or above on High School transcripts.

When can I apply?

Gnomon operates on a rolling-admissions basis, meaning applications are accepted year-round. Students can potentially begin our BFA Degree Program at any of our four quarters per year. You can view our Academic Calendar for term dates and deadlines.

How long does it take to complete the BFA degree program?

Students can complete the program in either 3 or 4 years. The length of the program is dependent on whether the student decides to take summer quarters off.

How do I know if my portfolio is good enough to apply?

Our Admissions team is available to conduct preliminary portfolio reviews to help you determine if you’re ready to apply. You are welcome to give us a call to schedule an appointment or send an email to to get started. You can also start by reviewing our Portfolio Guidelines (International and Domestic).

I’m still working on my portfolio. When should I submit my application?

You do not need to submit your portfolio at the same time as the application itself. If you are planning to apply for an upcoming term, we recommend submitting your online application first—once received, you’ll be given a login to our student portal to review your other missing/received items and documents. Please bear in mind that space in each term is limited, so it’s recommended that you apply with plenty of time before the posted deadline. You can review our term dates and deadlines on our Academic Calendar.

How long does it take to find out if I’ve been accepted?

Gnomon operates on a rolling admissions system, and internal reviews are conducted year-round. Once all application materials and requirements have been received and completed, we will conduct our review and contact you with a result within one to three weeks.

What can I expect in the interview?

The interview exists to ensure you’re an appropriate fit for Gnomon. We’re seeking candidates who are researched about their industry, passionate, creative, and dedicated to success.

Will I be able to work while attending Gnomon?

Due to the advanced nature of our curriculum and high volume of coursework, it is recommended that full-time students focus primarily on their studies while attending.

Can I transfer in course credits from another school?

Students who have earned college credits from other institutions can be reviewed for credit. Whether or not credits are transferrable depends on course curriculum and student performance.

Will Gnomon accept AP scores for credit?

Gnomon will consider AP scores of 4 or 5 for credit, for general education classes only. AP Studio art credits will not be considered.

Is financial aid available for students in the BFA?

Yes. Gnomon is approved by the US Department of Education to offer financial aid, including Federal Pell Grants, Work-Study, Direct Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans to those who qualify. For more information, please contact

I just want to take a couple of classes. Do I need to submit an application?

No—applications are only required for students who wish to pursue full-time programs, including our 2-year Digital Production for Entertainment and BFA Degree in Digital Production. Individual courses are open for registration. You can view the registration opportunities for each term on our Academic Calendar. Individual classes are not degree nor certificate-awarding.

Does Gnomon offer housing?

We do not offer on-campus housing but can assist you with finding housing or student roommates in the Los Angeles area. You are welcome to contact our Admissions Office for assistance at

When can I visit campus?

We offer Open Houses, which is a great opportunity to tour our campus, speak with Admissions representatives, and learn more about the Entertainment industry and our educational options. You can view our open house schedule for more details. If you are unable to attend, you can set up a personal tour and appointment by contacting our Admissions department at, or by calling during business hours.