Admissions Information

Whether it is your first time in college, returning to college, transitioning from the military, an international student, or another category, we are happy to provide the information applicable to each unique situation. We strive to make the admissions process as straightforward and simple as possible for all types of perspective students and their families.

With our all-year-round schedule a student may earn an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design in approximate 1 ½ years or a Bachelor’s of Science in Media Arts degree in just over 2 ½ years. Students choose from various specialties: Graphic DesignWeb DesignDigital Video Production3D Animation, and Visual Effects and Compositing.  Platt’s educational programs are designed to empower students and generate an atmosphere of learning and development.

Applicants and their families are also encouraged to visit the campus for a personalized tour with an admissions representative by contacting us at 866-752-8826 or clicking on the “Schedule a Tour” button.

Candidates for enrollment at Platt College San Diego must possess a  regionally accredited high school diploma or the recognized equivalent (i.e., a General Education Development “GED” certificate, a high school equivalency certificate such as the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)) prior to enrollment.

Platt College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges which is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

When to Apply

  • Platt College San Diego has continuous admissions; applications are accepted all year round: Platt College San Diego Application
  • Classes begin every 5 weeks for a morning or afternoon session or every 6 weeks for an evening session.
  • Students select a track and attend class during one of the four hour sessions:
    • Monday through Friday from either 8am to noon or 1pm to 5pm
    • Monday through Thursday from 6pm to 10pm.
  • It is recommended that students apply as early as possible. Acceptance continues all-year-round; however, space is limited per class.

How to Apply

1. Consultation Interview and Tour Of The College

The first step in the admissions process is to meet with an admissions representative to review goals and receive a tour of the school. Each prospective student will be offered the opportunity to review programs, visit the computer and studio labs, view equipment, and see examples of student work. A telephone interview may be arranged when travel distance makes an in-person visit difficult. After a tour and meeting with an admissions representative, applicants also have the option to speak with our Student Service Liaison who may answer funding source questions.

2. Entrance Assessment, Test Requirement and Optional Portfolio Review

After the first consultation appointment and tour, the admissions representative will review the appropriate next steps in applying to Platt. Admissions may recommend a second appointment to set up the entrance assessment. During this appointment, you may submit your admission application (no fee required), complete an entrance Wonderlic test and essay, and optional portfolio review.  Although a Portfolio is not a requirement for admissions, Platt College permits a portfolio review and credit-by-exam for an applicant possessing previous design skills and well-rounded knowledge in a particular subject. Overall, the entrance assessment is our way of making sure a candidate is a proper fit for the selected program here at Platt College. 

Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE):

Platt requires the Wonderlic (SLE) to determine college readiness. Applicants must complete a Wonderlic test and essay either in person or it can be administered out-of-state by a prospective student’s current teacher, librarian, or alike.  Applicants should coordinate with a Platt Admissions Representative to complete this requirement.

Practice Wonderlic (SLE) Assessment

OR

In lieu of the Wonderlic (SLE) an ACT score of 17+ or SAT score of 1200+ may fulfill the assessment requirement. (ACT or SAT taken within 2 years of applying to Platt College may be accepted).  Please send ACT or SAT score to Platt College. Attention: Admissions.

Transferring Credits from Other Institutions

Platt may accept general education credits transferred from accredited post-secondary institutions if certain conditions (as outlined in the college catalog) are met. All transfer units are subject to approval.  To gain a quick unofficial evaluation of transfer credits applicants may provide unofficial transcripts directly to their admissions representative during the initial interview meetings. We welcome the opportunity to review which previous credits may be eligible for transfer into the selected Platt program.

Portfolio Review

Although a Portfolio is not a requirement for admissions, Platt College permits a portfolio review and credit-by-exam for an applicant possessing previous design skills and well-rounded knowledge in a particular subject.  Applicants may request a portfolio review, by contacting a Platt College admissions representative at (866)752-8826.  Additional information regarding credit transfer to Platt College is available through our admissions department and the Platt College Catalog.

Acceptance to Platt College

The Admissions representative notifies applicants of the acceptance status. Once accepted, students must then complete the enrollment agreement and all required enrollment forms.  It is recommended that students apply as early as possible. Acceptance continues all-year-round; however, space is limited per class.

International Students

There are special application requirements for international applicants. Please see the international student section for more information.

Platt College San Diego is proud to serve its veteran student population. Our student population includes active duty service members, veterans and dependents.  In fact, Platt College’s Chairman, himself, as well as the President‘s and Vice President’s father served in the military; additional, many Platt staff and faculty members have a family history of veterans. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Platt military student body is honored for their courage and sacrifice.

Today, more than ever, a college education can give one an enormous advantage in both a military and civilian career.  For this reason, our students learn in small, interactive hands-on classes taught by expert instructors who care about success. Small classes, year-round schedules and a creative environment give Platt students the proper environment to thrive and advance their digital media design career skills in less than three years.

Military Credit

Military Students applying to Platt College must submit any applicable SMART, AARTS, Coast Guard Institute, or Community College of the Air Force transcripts for credit evaluation. Veterans, or members of the armed forces or the selected reserves, may be granted academic credit in accordance with our College’s policy. Please transcripts submit to:

Registrar’s Office

Platt College San Diego Digital Media Design
6250 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

We invite prospective students to contact an admissions representative to set up a personal tour and admissions appointment. The Admissions department is committed to guiding a prospective student through the entire process, exploring the student’s digital media design goals and determining whether Platt College is the right college. We strive to make the admissions process as straightforward and simple as possible.

After a tour and meeting with an admissions representative, applicants also have the option to speak with our Student Service Liaison who may answer funding source questions. More information is available by visiting Platt College in person for a personal tour, by calling 866.752.8826 or clicking on the “schedule a tour” button above.

As high school students and their families start the college search, Platt offers various opportunities to explore their interest and learn more about our programs. Prospective students are invited to review our programs with an admissions representative, visit the computer and studio labs, view equipment, and see examples of student work. Students exploring the Digital Media Design industry are highly encouraged to attend a Summer Computer Graphics week long class designed specifically for high school students only, keep in touch through Platt’s social media channels, and attend Platt’s design exhibits. Projects of current Platt student’s work can be viewed by requesting the Muse Magazine, visiting Platt’s youtube channel and viewing the website gallery.

With our all-year-round schedule a student may earn an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design in approximate 1 ½ years or a Bachelor’s of Science in Media Arts degree in just over 2 ½ years. Students choose from various specialties: Graphic DesignWeb DesignDigital Video Production3DAnimation, and Visual Effects and Compositing. Platt’s educational programs are designed to empower students and generate an atmosphere of learning and development.

Minimum requirements

Candidates for enrollment at Platt College San Diego must possess a regionally accredited high school diploma or the recognized equivalent (i.e., a General Education Development “GED” certificate, a high school equivalency certificate such as the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)) prior to enrollment.

High School Courses

It is not required to take any specific courses in high school to prepare for Platt College.  However, students who have developed a portfolio by taking digital media design classes may choose to set up a portfolio review with a Platt College instructor.  If the acquired skill level is equivalent to that of the courses being taught at Platt College, the instructor may test the student out of one or more courses at Platt College. Please see the admissions procedure or catalog for more information regarding an optional portfolio review.

A.P. Credits

Students who have taken Advance Placement (AP) classes in high school may submit their scores to Platt College.  Credit may be granted for these courses if passing tests score of 3 or higher has been achieved.

Computer Graphics Week

During the summer months, Platt offers week long, introductory courses for all high school students (entering, current or newly graduated).  These entertaining classes provide hands-on experience that will allow a student to learn fundamental concepts of digital media design software programs and techniques that are currently used in the media industry.

Starting at Platt College

High school students may enter Platt College directly after high school graduation.  Since Platt has year-round enrollment, the earliest a high school student can save a seat for a summer or fall start date is the previous January of their senior year.  Although high school students are encouraged to apply early, students may apply throughout the year. Platt degree programs include general education (GE) course and may be taken as part of a Platt College program. Students and their families are welcomed to visit with an admissions representative and tour the facilities during their junior or senior year.

See the General Admissions Process for more information regarding when and how to apply.

Test requirement:

Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE):

Platt requires the Wonderlic (SLE) to determine college readiness. Applicants must complete a Wonderlic test and essay either in person or it can be administered out-of-state by a prospective student’s current teacher, librarian, or alike.  Applicants should coordinate with a Platt Admissions Representative to complete this requirement.

Practice Wonderlic (SLE) Assessment

OR

In lieu of the Wonderlic (SLE) an ACT score of 17+ or SAT score of 1200+ may fulfill the assessment requirement. (ACT or SAT taken within 2 years of applying to Platt College may be accepted).  Please send ACT or SAT score to Platt College. Attention: Admissions.

Optional Portfolio Review

Although a Portfolio is not a requirement for admissions, Platt College permits a portfolio review and credit-by-exam for an applicant possessing previous design skills and well-rounded knowledge in a particular subject. Applicants may request a portfolio review, by contacting a Platt College admissions representative at (866)752-8826.  Additional information regarding credit transfer to Platt College is available through our admissions department and the Platt College Catalog.

Thank you for your interest in Platt College Digital Media Design San Diego.  Platt College welcomes international applicants seeking a rigorous education in an environment where creativity, critical thinking, innovation and global perspectives on the digital media design industry are valued.

We welcome the occasion to discuss international students’ digital media design goals and the opportunity to study in the United States more thoroughly.  Talented individuals from nations as diverse as Argentina, China, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey,  Germany, and Denmark,  have chosen Platt’s unique educational environment as the place to launch their journey into the digital media design industry.

International Admissions process

Apply for admissions at Platt College:

  • Submit Application for Admissions, click here
  • Review catalog and select desired program, click here
  • The admissions department is available to answer your questions regarding which degree or program matches your goals.
  • Submit I-20 Application or I-20 Transfer Form, click here
  • High School and previous College transcripts need to be evaluated for U.S. equivalency from a Member of the NACES.org.  Please work with a Member of NACES to complete your transcript evaluation and request they send your official evaluation to:  Platt College Admissions Department, click here
  • Complete a Wonderlic assessment in English accompanied with a short essay. You may contact Platt College Admissions to arrange administration of the assessment either in person or in your own country. To complete the assessment in your own country, you will need to arrange and provide the contact information of an agent, teacher, librarian, etc., in your home country.  If visiting San Diego, you may complete the assessment in person.  Practice assessments are available upon request. Example Wonderlic test, click here

* Entrance Tests: Platt does not require GRE or TOEFL test scores.

  • Financial Information: The immigration department requires that you have proof of sufficient funds to cover your tuition, books, supplies and living expenses for the minimum term of one year while in the United States.
  • Current minimum amount for sufficient funds for an Associate Degree first year of tuition, fees and living expenses are $32,907.00 US.  This is subject to change depending on your program or degree of interest.
  • Provide current original, official bank statement stating sufficient funds are available to you for a full year.
  • If you are not the owner of the funds, your sponsor may submit their official bank statement and a letter of support from the person responsible for the funds. The sponsor letter should state that the person responsible agrees to pay for your tuition, books, supplies and living expenses while you are studying in the United States.
  • If the student or sponsor owns a business, the applicant provides business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank records and/or statements.

Admissions Acceptance, Issuing an I-20 Form and Paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee:

  • Once the admission and financial requirements are met, the DSO (Designated School Official) creates an initial SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record and issues a Form I-20 for the student.
  • If outside the United States, Platt sends a copy of the Form I-20, signed by a DSO, to the prospective student.  If currently in the United States, you may arrange to pick it up.
  • Applicants that require a visa to enter the United States must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before going to the US Embassy or Consulate for their Visa interviews. Nonimmigrant currently in the US who apply for student or exchange visitor status must pay the fee prior to filing their change of status application.  For detailed information on payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, please visit http://www.fmjfee.com. Students may obtain proof of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment in the following ways:
  • By Credit Card On-line:  The receipt may be printed after paying online at http://www.fmjfee.com with a credit card.
  • By Western Union Quickpay: The receipt may be issued by Western Union when using the Western Union quickpay option to remit payment (Form I-797 receipt).
  • When paying electronically, allow at least 3 business days prior to the scheduled visa interview or when paying by regular mail, allow at least 15 days prior to the interview.

Transfer Student process:

  • Student provides transfer-in school (Platt College) required documents for admissions and financial support documents as stated in the “admissions” process above.
  • Student informs the DSO at the transfer-out school of their desire to transfer.
  • Upon acceptance into a program, student provides the DSO at the transfer-out school with proof of acceptance from the transfer-in school.
  • Student must maintain status by attending classes until the transfer release date. Student cannot decide to transfer in the middle of a term and immediately stop attending classes.  This action would be a violation of status and the student’s SEVIS record is terminated.
  • Student should contact transfer-in school shortly after the transfer release date.

Student must report to the transfer-in school within 15 days of the program start date and enroll in the first required session/term at the school.