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Transfer Credit Guidelines
As a transfer applicant to MassArt, the transfer of credit and level of placement are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions and Faculty Review Committees.
The College accepts a maximum of 69 transfer credits and requires a student to spend at least two years and earn a minimum of 60 credits at MassArt in order to earn a BFA. MassArt is looking for strong applicants in both academic and studio performance.
If you are considering attending a Massachusetts community college to transfer to MassArt, learn more about the state's Commonwealth Commitment program.
Transfer credit for studio courses
Applicants may be placed as foundation (freshman) transfers or advanced transfers into the sophomore or junior level within a particular major. The number of transferrable studio credits (not liberal arts) earned at previous post-secondary institutions determines the level at which you are eligible to enter as a transfer student.
Through the portfolio, the Admissions and Faculty Review Committees assess your studio skills and the studio courses that will transfer toward degree requirements. Faculty compare your level of accomplishment to that expected of enrolled MassArt students and determine whether you are qualified for advanced status in the area you have chosen.
Studio 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 a 100 level or higher course. Portfolios should demonstrate skills gained in previous studio courses. A maximum of 39 studio art credits may be accepted pending review.
The chart below outlines the courses students take during the first-year Foundation Program at MassArt. Students enroll in six studio art classes, two history of art classes, and two liberal arts classes. Transfer students must have completed comparable coursework to be considered for advanced placement within a major.
|MassArt Course Code and Name||Semester||Credits Required|
|Examples of Equivalent Courses|
|SFDN 181 Studio for Drawing||Fall||3 cr.||Introduction to formal principles, breadth of drawing practice focusing on figurative and direct observational work|
|SFDN 182 Visual Language||Fall||3 cr.||2D Design, Design and Color Theory|
|SFDN 183 Form Study||Fall/Spring||3 cr.||Intro to 3D Design, Sculpture|
|SFDN 185 Drawing Projects||Spring||3 cr.||Drawing II, Drawing with Color, Drawing for Designers|
|SFDN 191 Time||Spring||3 cr.||Intro to Film/Video, Intro to Time-Based Media, 4D, Video Production, Animation|
|Studio Elective||Fall/Spring||3 cr.||Any comparable studio art, music, performance, or theater-based course|
|HART 100 Intro to Western Art||Fall/Spring||3 cr.||Art History I, Ancient to Modern Art, Ancient to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Modern Art|
|HART (History of Art) Elective||Fall/Spring||3 cr.||Art History II, Modern Art, History of Photography, Fashion History, Renaissance Art|
|LALW 100 Thinking, Making, Writing||Fall/Spring||3 cr.||English Composition, ENG 101, Writing|
|FRSM 100 Freshman Seminar||Fall/Spring||3 cr.||A reading-intensive introduction to the history of art or liberal arts, emphasizing critical reading and thinking|
Transfer credit for liberal arts and history of art courses
Liberal art credit is awarded for comparable liberal arts and history of art classes provided the student earned a grade of C or better in a 100 level or higher course. A maximum of 30 liberal art and history of art credits may be accepted.
In addition to the two liberal arts and two history of art classes taken during the first-year Foundation program, students may earn transfer credit for the classes below:
|MassArt Course Code and Name||Credits Required||Examples of Equivalent Courses|
|LALW 200 Literary Traditions||3 credits||Literature of the Western World, Survey of Lit|
|LASS 280 Intro to Psychology||3 credits*||Intro to Psychology, Psych 101|
|LALW Electives||3 credits/12 max|
Literature, Writing, Film Criticism, Foreign Language, Public Speaking, Communications
|6 credits/15 max||Psychology (not Intro), Sociology, U.S. History, Government, Economics, Music Theory|
|LAMS Electives||3 credits/12 max||Biology, Algebra, Astronomy, Calculus, Chemistry|
|HART Electives||6 credits/15 max|
|Art History II, Modern Art, History of Photography, Fashion History, Renaissance Art|
*Art Education majors