Transfer Credit

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), Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 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 CollegeBoard.org. International Baccalaureate (IB) credit is offered for Higher Level courses with a score of 5, 6, or 7. Official IB exam results must be sent directly from IBO.org or from the awarding institution. A-Levels credit is offered for relevant classes with a grade of “C” or better. A-Level Subsidiary courses are not eligible for credit. ArtCenter does not offer credit for any AP, IB, or A-Level studio art/design classes.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide final official transcripts from all colleges attended and AP/IB/A-Levels 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 1-2 weeks 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 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. Students matriculated in ArtCenter’s degree program cannot use ArtCenter Extension 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 and transcripts are evaluated for studio credit at the time of admission.

Studio courses taken through ArtCenter Extension, 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 Extension courses.

A transfer student's overall length of 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 at ArtCenter, 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. Requirements by major can be viewed and downloaded at the end of this information.

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Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (9 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Advertising; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college-level writing or English composition course with a grade of ”B“ or better.

  • Social Sciences (6 units)

    Art of Research; Branding Strategies

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    N/A

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Presentation and Career Preparation

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physical Anthropology, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (15 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 9 3 12
Social Sciences 6 3 9
Science and Technology 0 3 3
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 15 15
Total Credits 18 27 45

Entertainment Design / Animation

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (27 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; Creative Writing (6 units); Design History of Comic Animation; History of Film or Film Studies; Literature (6 units); Performance as Art; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (3 units)

    Art of Research

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Business 101

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (0 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physical Anthropology, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (3 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 27 0 21
Social Sciences 3 3 6
Science and Technology 0 3 9
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 3 3
Total Credits 33 12 45

Entertainment Design/Concept Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (12 units)

    History of Cinema (or Film Studies); History of Fashion; Creative Writing; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (3 units)

    Art of Research

  • Science and Technology (6 units)

    Light and Color; How Things Work

  • Business and Professional Practices (0 units)

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physical Anthropology, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (6 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (9 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 12 3 15
Social Sciences 3 3 6
Science and Technology 6 3 9
Business and Professional Practices 0 6 6
Elective courses from any category 0 9 9
Total Credits 21 24 45

Entertainment Design/Game Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (6 units)

    History of Art/Gaming; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (3 units)

    Art of Research

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    How Things Work

  • Business and Professional Practices (0 units)

    n/a

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physical Anthropology, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (9 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 6 3 9
Social Sciences 3 3 6
Science and Technology 3 3 6
Business and Professional Practices 0 3 3
Elective courses from any category 0 21 21
Total Credits 12 24 45

Environmental Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (12 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History and Theory of Space 1; Contemporary Placemaking; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (3 units)

    Branding Strategies

  • Science and Technology (12 units)

    Human Factors and Design Psychology; Theory of Structure; Sustainable Building Practices for Environmental; Illumination: Lighting

  • Business and Professional Practices (0 units)

    N/A

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biopsychology, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (6 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 12 3 15
Social Sciences 3 3 6
Science and Technology 12 3 15
Business and Professional Practices 0 3 3
Elective courses from any category 0 6 6
Total Credits 27 18 45

Film

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (9 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Cinema 1 or History of Cinema 2; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (0 units)

    N/A

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    N/A

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Business Affairs for Filmmakers

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (21 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 9 3 12
Social Sciences 0 3 3
Science and Technology 0 3 3
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 21 21
Total Credits 12 33 45

Fine Art & Fine Art/Illustration

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (21 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Art 1 or History of Art 2; History of Art 3; Writing Tandem to Art and Design; Literature; Art of Thinking: Philosophy; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (0 units)

    N/A

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    N/A

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Professional Practices for Artists

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (9 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 21 3 24
Social Sciences 0 3 3
Science and Technology 0 3 3
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 9 9
Total Credits 24 21 45

Graphic Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (12 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Graphic Design 1; History of Graphic Design 2; Writing Studio or Writing Studio Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (3 units)

    Art of Research

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    N/A

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Business 101

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (15 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 12 3 15
Social Sciences 3 3 6
Science and Technology 0 3 3
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 15 15
Total Credits 18 27 45

Illustration

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (9 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; Graphic Design History or History of Art 1 or History of Art 2 or History of Art 3 or History of Illustration; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (0 units)

    N/A

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    N/A

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Business 101

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (21 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 9 3 12
Social Sciences 0 3 3
Science and Technology 0 3 3
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 21 21
Total Credits 12 33 45

Interaction Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (6 units)

    History and Futures of Interaction Design; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (6 units)

    Art of Research; Branding Strategies

  • Science and Technology (6 units)

    Computer Science for Artists and Designers, Physical Computing

  • Business and Professional Practices (0 units)

    n/a

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (6 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (12 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 6 3 9
Social Sciences 6 3 9
Science and Technology 6 3 9
Business and Professional Practices 0 6 6
Elective units from any other category 0 12 12
Total Credits 18 27 45

Photography and Imaging

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (9 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Photography; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (0 units)

    N/A

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    N/A

  • Business and Professional Practices (6 units)

    Professional Presentation; Business and Professional Practices

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (18 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 9 3 12
Social Sciences 0 3 3
Science and Technology 0 3 3
Business and Professional Practices 6 3 9
Elective courses from any category 0 18 18
Total Credits 15 30 45

Product Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (9 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Industrial Design; Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (3 units)

    Insights

  • Science and Technology (9 units)

    Design for Sustainability; Human Factors and Design Psychology; Materials and Methods 1

  • Business and Professional Practices (6 units)

    Business of Design; The Design Professional

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (3 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (6 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 9 3 12
Social Sciences 3 3 6
Science and Technology 9 3 12
Business and Professional Practices 6 3 9
Elective courses from any category 0 6 6
Total Credits 27 18 45

Transportation Design

Humanities and Sciences Requirements

Program Courses

These classes are eligible to transfer with a grade of “B” or better from an accredited college if the course content closely resembles the requirements offered at ArtCenter.

  • Humanities (12 units)

    Introduction to Modernism; History of Automobile Design; Transportation Histories (or Introduction to Materials for Industrial); Writing Studio or Writing Studio: Intensive

    The Writing Studio requirement may be fulfilled through transfer of a college level writing or English composition course with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Social Sciences (6 units)

    Art of Research, Insights for Transportation Design

  • Science and Technology (6 units)

    Automotive Engineering; Human Factors and Design Psychology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    The Design Professional

Elective Courses

These courses may transfer based on the general categories below with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. See the major chart below for the number of credits required in each category.

  • Humanities (3 units)

    Art History, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Design History, English, Film History, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Photography History, Religion

  • Social Science (3 units)

    Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology

  • Science and Technology (0 units)

    Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Programming, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, Marine Biology, Math (college-level), Oceanography, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physics, Sustainability, Zoology

  • Business and Professional Practices (3 units)

    Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Programming, Economics, Management, Marketing, Speech

  • Elective courses from any of the above categories (9 units)

Subject Program Courses Elective Courses Total Credits
Humanities 12 3 15
Social Sciences 6 3 9
Science and Technology 6 0 6
Business and Professional Practices 3 3 6
Elective courses from any category 0 9 9
Total Credits 27 18 45


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 from term to term.

ArtCenter requires all students to take Writing Studio, an English composition course, as part of degree completion. All students are required to take a Language Placement Assessment (LPA) during the Orientation program for purposes of placing you in the correct level of our required writing class. Students will be expected to take the LPA unless transfer credit for Writing Studio has been confirmed in one of the following ways:

  • The student has 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 grade of “B” or better; or
  • The student has received a score of 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement (AP) English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition exam and had their scores sent to and verified by Artcenter; or
  • The student has received a score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate English A exams and had their scores sent to and verified by ArtCenter.

English for Multi-lingual Speakers, Creative Writing, and Literature courses are not eligible for Writing Studio credit. English courses taken at universities with a primary teaching language other than English are eligible for Humanities & Sciences credit only. ESL courses are not eligible for transfer credit. 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 Studio Art Credit Sources

In addition to credit for prior college courses, students may also be granted a maximum of 12 studio art credits based on professional work experience verified though a submitted portfolio (combined credits not to exceed 60 credits in total). Contact admissions@artcenter.edu for details on the formal submission process.

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