Transferring Credit

MCAD welcomes and 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 thirty liberal arts credits and up to thirty-three studio arts credits with a grade of “C” or better from other post-secondary institutions and pre-college programs.

  • Liberal Arts Courses

    Up to thirty 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 thirty-three 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.


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

Spring-Semester Admission

Last Friday in June:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Transfer Portfolios
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Syllabi

Before December 1:

  • In-Progress Artwork
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Syllabi

First Friday in January:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Transfer Portfolios


Contact an admissions counselor for guidance in the transfer process.