PAFA accepts undergraduate transfer students in both the Fall and Spring semesters from 2-year or 4-year institutions who wish to continue their fine arts education.
With 30% of the student body comprised of transfer students, PAFA is committed to making its application process extremely transfer-friendly. We accept undergraduate transfers from accredited 2 and 4-year institutions, who wish to continue their fine arts education.
Students who wish to transfer to PAFA's undergraduate programs should refer to the application instructions for incoming first-year students on the Undergraduate Admissions page, including portfolio requirements and other supplemental information.
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Transfer of Credit
PAFA accepts up to 63 credits earned in a variety of coursework at other accredited colleges or universities in the US.
- A grade of C or better is required in order to transfer credits from other institutions. A C- grade will not be accepted by PAFA.
- The course must be equivalent to a course offered by PAFA; refer to the chart below for credit limits and areas of study.
- Credits awarded at a previous institution through internal placement tests are not eligible for transfer credit.
- Coursework must have been completed in the past 10 years to be eligible for transfer credit.
Transfer students can bring in a maximum of 42 credits in liberal arts courses. If a student brings in less than the maximum, the remaining credits must be taken while enrolled at PAFA. Transfer students may not take liberal arts classes outside of PAFA once enrolled.
PAFA recommends fulfilling as many of the liberal arts requirements before enrolling so that your schedule is open to as many studio art classes as possible.
|Course Type||Credit Limit|
|Art History & Criticism||15 credits|
|Language & Literature||12 credits|
|History, Culture & Social Science||9 credits|
|Science & Quantitative Thinking||6 credits|
Transfer Credit Worksheet
Use the Transfer Credit Worksheet to determine how to fulfill PAFA's requirements for first-year students.
More often than not, transfer students will have taken a course which partially fulfills the requirements of a PAFA course. Refer to the Course Catalog for information on classes and credits.
Figuring out transfer credits can be done with assistance from the current institution if it has a partnership agreement with PAFA (see below), or with your PAFA Admissions Counselor.
|Second Semester||Required Course||Credits||Course Code||Course||Credits|
|PAFA COURSE||YOUR INSTITUTION’s COURSE|
Structure & Form II
No equivalent to transfer: student must take this part of the course
All accepted students will receive an evaluation detailing the courses approved for transfer credit into the undergraduate degree program selected on their application.
Studio Arts Assessment
In addition, the transfer of credits from liberal arts courses, PAFA faculty will review your portfolio to assess technical skills for placement into our studio art courses. During this assessment, you may be asked to submit work from specific studio art courses.
Foundation Year Curriculum
The Foundation Year curriculum at PAFA is unique in that it exposes students to working in the PAFA's six fine arts disciplines. Some of these courses will not be available to you at your current institution, so you will have to take them at PAFA so that your foundation is complete and comprehensive.
Transferring to the PAFA-Penn BFA Program
Transfer students are also welcome to apply for the PAFA-Penn BFA. Students interested in this program should be aware that studio credits are only transferable—liberal arts credits cannot be applied.
Institutional Partnership Agreements
PAFA has formal partnership agreements with a number of institutions. These partnership agreements allow PAFA to streamline the transfer process and clarify which courses can be transferred. Contact the Admissions Office to learn about existing agreements with your current institution.
Picture Yourself at PAFA
The Admissions and Financial Aid staff at PAFA help you during all stages of the application and enrollment process.