There is no separate process for applying as a transfer student. Students who have attended another college should complete the standard application process as described under Admissions.

As part of the application process, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your credits, and in the case of studio classes, your portfolio, to make sure that your classes are not repetitive of work you have done at another college.

We also want to make sure you take many of the crucial classes that make an ArtCenter education unique. For this reason, a maximum of 60 units of studio and academic credits may be transferred from another accredited institution.

ArtCenter does not require specific courses to be completed prior to applying or transferring.

Transfer Credit Policies

ArtCenter recognizes two types of transfer credits: credit for studio art classes, and credit for Humanities and Sciences or liberal arts classes. Due to our series of important required studio classes, awarding of studio transfer credit, not Humanities and Sciences credit, determines the length of a student’s program at ArtCenter. Advanced standing is awarded only if the student receives sufficient studio art credit.

Transfer credit can be accepted from colleges or universities that are accredited by one of the six regional associations of schools and colleges—Middle States (MASAC), New England (NEASC), North Central (NCASC), Northwest (NWCCU), Southern (SASAC), Western (WASC)—or by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). International programs will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit is awarded for Humanities and Sciences classes with an official score of 4 or 5. Official exam reports must be sent directly from International Baccalaureate credit is offered for Higher Level courses with a score of 5, 6, or 7. ArtCenter does not offer studio art credit for AP or IB classes.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide final official transcripts from all colleges attended and AP/IB exams taken. Credit will not be awarded based on unofficial transcripts or transcripts from colleges not previously disclosed on the application for admission.

Upon acceptance to ArtCenter, the acceptance letter will indicate the term level at which you’ve been admitted. A transfer credit evaluation report will be sent within approximately one week of your acceptance notification with detailed information of the transfer credit awarded. If no transfer credit is awarded, no evaluation report will be sent.

All studio and Humanities and Sciences transfer credit must be finalized by the end of a student's first term at ArtCenter. If a student attends another college after enrolling at ArtCenter, those classes will not be eligible for transfer. Degree-seeking students cannot use ArtCenter at Night courses to meet their degree requirements after enrollment.

Studio Art Credit

Studio art credit is awarded based on a combination of portfolio work and prior college credit. It is never awarded solely on a listing of courses on a transcript. The Admissions Committee will determine whether similar content was covered in a comparable class based on the portfolio work. Portfolios are evaluated for studio credit at the time of admission.

Studio courses taken through ArtCenter at Night, ArtCenter's non-degree continuing education program, are considered for transfer if the course is listed as transferable at the time of entry, is applicable to the major, and if a grade of B or better is achieved. Exceptions to the policy can be made only by the Admissions Committee based on the portfolio review. The transfer of these courses will depend on the admissions policy in effect at the time of entry to the degree program. Please contact an Admissions Counselor with questions regarding transfer eligibility of ArtCenter at Night courses.

A transfer student's program will be shortened only if one or more semesters of studio art transfer credit is awarded.

Humanities and Sciences Transfer Credit

Forty-five credits of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) are required for graduation. All classes can be taken here, or some credits may be transferred. A number of required liberal arts and sciences courses can be taken only at ArtCenter. These vary by major.

Credits accepted for transfer must fall into these categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science & Technology and Business & Professional Practices. Credit is transferable for Humanities and Sciences courses taken at another regionally or NASAD accredited college in which a grade of C or better has been achieved for elective courses, or a grade of B or better for program/required courses. The number of classes required in each category varies by major, and a full description of types of classes is available from the Admissions Office. The number of liberal arts and sciences credits transferred does not affect the length of the program but will lighten the course load.

ArtCenter requires all students to take a Writing course. English courses taken at universities with a primary teaching language other than English are eligible for Humanities & Sciences credit only. Creative Writing and literature courses are eligible for Humanities & Sciences credit only. ESL courses are not eligible for transfer credit.

Undergraduate students who have not previously completed a college-level English composition class from a regionally or NASAD accredited U.S. college or university in which the primary language of instruction is in English with a B or better, or AP test of 4 or 5 in English Composition or English literature are required to take a Writing Placement Test during the orientation program for purposes of placing you in the correct level of our required writing class.

Classes taken at non-U.S. colleges in which the language of instruction is English will be evaluated on an individual basis. Any exception to the testing policy will be made on a case-by-case basis by the chair of Humanities and Sciences.

Additional Credit Sources

In addition to credit for prior college work, students may also be granted a maximum of 12 credits based on professional work experience (combined credits not to exceed 60 credits in total).

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