MCAD values transfer students for the experience, insight, knowledge, and vigor they add to our creative community.

You are considered a transfer student if you have graduated from a high school program (or equivalent) and have enrolled at a post-secondary institution.

Make an appointment with an admissions counselor to determine your transfer credit eligibility. This initial review is not binding, but it will give you a good idea of what credits may transfer. Once you are accepted for admission, you will receive an official transfer-credit evaluation.

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Transfer-Credit Evaluation

While we are selective with transfer credits, we may accept up to 30 liberal arts credits and up to 33 studio arts credits with a grade of “C” or better from other regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions and pre-college programs.

Liberal Arts Courses

Up to 30 liberal arts credits from courses comparable to those taught at MCAD will be considered, including art history, humanities, language, and social science courses. A course description is required to determine transfer eligibility.

Studio Arts Courses

Up to 33 studio arts credits may be transferred. A portfolio of work completed as part of each studio course is required for studio arts credit transfer (i.e. if you intend to transfer credits for three courses, three separate portfolios are required).

Pre-College Courses

We may accept transfer credits from advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB), post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO), and other pre-college programs. Our pre-college transfer guides below indicate specific courses that may meet our foundation curriculum requirements.

Community College Courses

To minimize loss of credit and duplication of coursework, it is recommended that students transfer to MCAD after one year of community college. Early communication with an admissions counselor is recommended.

Although MCAD does not participate in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) or recognize the full transfer of the associate of arts (AA), many of the courses in the MnTC and the AA do fulfill our requirements. Our community college transfer guides below indicate specific courses that may meet our requirements.

Animation Major

Animation courses at MCAD are taught sequentially and have prerequisites. Due to the curriculum structure and intensity, transfer students who pursue the animation major will be required to complete a minimum of three years at MCAD. Students with previous animation experience from AICAD schools may be able to transfer in additional credits and will be evaluated individually. Please contact MCAD Admissions for more information.


Admissions Requirements

Transfer students must follow the undergraduate application deadlines and requirements. In addition, official transcripts, course descriptions, course syllabi, and course portfolios, when applicable, are required by the following deadlines:

Fall Semester Admission 
  • Official Transcripts
  • Transfer Portfolios
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Syllabi
Last Friday in June


Spring Semester Admission 
  • In-Progress Artwork
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Syllabi
Before December 1
  • Official Transcripts
  • Transfer Portfolios
First Friday in January


Contact an admissions counselor for guidance in the transfer process.

Transfer Credit Guides

Pre-College Courses:

Community College Courses:

MCAD Transfer Guidelines