Transfer Students

Transfer students are welcome to the Certificate and PAFA BFA programs. Every effort is made to assist transfer students in obtaining as many credits as possible without impacting the PAFA experience they will have once they enroll.

Transfer Requirements
Transfers to the Certificate program
Transfers to the PAFA BFA program
Transfer Agreements

Transfer Requirements

  • All courses must have been completed within the last 10 years, must have been successfully passed with a grade of “C” or better (C-minus does not transfer) and must be equivalent to a course offered — or to be offered — by PAFA.
  • The transfer of art studio courses also requires that the student’s portfolio show evidence of the skill level completed in those courses. 

Although it is not required, transferring students are strongly encouraged to submit course descriptions for all transfer coursework. For studio credit, applicants are encouraged to submit a transfer portfolio: a CD of artworks from any courses being evaluated for transfer. The Office of Admissions evaluates studio courses for academic content, and a faculty review committee evaluates these courses for artistic content. 

Transfers to the Certificate program

The Certificate program consists of 120 credits of studio art and art history. Only courses that are equivalent to courses offered in the Certificate program are reviewed for transfer credit.

Certificate students are also eligible to apply for the Coordinated BFA program with the University of Pennsylvania. Because the UPenn program transfers in 90 credits of PAFA’s studio program, they do not permit the transfer of liberal arts classes. 

Transfers to the PAFA BFA program

The PAFA BFA accepts both studio art and liberal arts classes based on certain criteria. Liberal arts courses must fall within one of the four liberal arts areas offered by PAFA: 

  • Art History and Criticism (15 credits) 
  • History, Culture & Social Science (9 credits)
  • Language & Literature (12 credits)
  • Science & Quantitative Studies (Math) (6 credits)

PAFA Residency Requirement: Students newly enrolling in the PAFA BFA program are required to complete a minimum of 21 liberal arts credits in residence at PAFA. This requirement is waived for:

  • PAFA alumni who completed the Certificate Program before the BFA was inaugurated in 2008
  • New transfer students at the initial point of transfer

Transfer students taking credits outside PAFA after enrollment must have advance approval of the School Registrar and are held to the 21 liberal arts credit residency requirement. 

PAFA alumni who completed the Certificate should note that the PAFA BFA requires the completion of the yearlong Thesis Seminar, to be taken in residence at PAFA.

Transfer Agreements

PAFA currently has transfer agreements with five regional schools: 

  • Camden County College
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Northampton Community College

Graduates of transfer agreement schools are reviewed for admission and transfer credits according to the transfer agreement. Applicants who have completed the FAFSA by the posted deadline may also be eligible for the following scholarship support:

  • Camden County College students are considered for "The Camden Connection" merit scholarship. ($1,000 to $6,000)
  • Community College of Philadelphia students are considered for "The Philadelphia Connection" scholarship. ($1,000 to $6,000)
  • "The Montgomery Connection" is for Montgomery County Community College graduates who are eligible for additional merit-based awards. ($1,000 to $6,000)

Contact any of the partner schools or the Office of Admissions at PAFA for details. Students at other community colleges should check with their transfer advisor or art teacher to see if new agreements are in the works. If there is interest at a community college currently without a transfer agreement, PAFA may consider starting one.