Transferring to PCA&D can be simple. We welcome applicants who have previously attended college or completed college-level work. Each student’s path to transfer is unique, which is why PCA&D evaluates transfer credit based on the student’s portfolio, course descriptions, and all classes listed with a “C” or better in all 100+ level courses on the student’s college transcripts. Our general application requirements apply to all students seeking to transfer, unless the student is pursuing a 2+2 transfer agreement (Listed Below).
Credit Transfer Guidelines & Expectations
- Applicants may transfer up to a maximum of 60 eligible credits toward completion of the BFA degree at PCA&D.
- Credit is awarded based on an evaluation of the student’s portfolio, course descriptions, and college transcripts, provided the student earned a grade of “C” or better in all 100 level or higher courses.
- Transfer credits will be accepted from post-secondary institutions with one or more of the following types of accreditation: regional, state, or professional.
- After acceptance, PCA&D requires descriptions of all courses taken to build a Transfer Credit Evaluation. This evaluation will determine the level at which they will enter into PCA&D’s educational structure. These course descriptions may be copied from a college catalog or website.
- Transfer students must have completed comparable coursework to be considered for advanced placement within a major. Otherwise, they will enroll in six studio art courses, two art history courses, and two liberal arts courses to complete the Foundation Year program at PCA&D.
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2+2 Transfer Agreement
To make the transfer transition smoother from other colleges to Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 2+2 articulation agreements allow students who meet the qualifications below to complete an additional 2 years at PCA&D and graduate with a 4-year BFA degree. Students pursuing a 2+2 agreement program do not have to submit a portfolio for review or pay the $40 application fee. Partner scholarships are also available.
Qualifications for the Program
- Students must graduate from the designated 2-year degree program with a 2.5 cumulative GPA overall and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in studio course work.
- Students must enroll within one year of graduation from the partner college and not attend another bachelor degree program.
- Students are limited to fall semester enrollment at PCA&D.
Colleges with 2+2 programs