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 potential 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.
While we are intentionally selective with transfer credits, we may accept those from other post-secondary institutions and pre-college programs. We will consider transferring any liberal arts or studio arts credits that meet our curriculum requirements, with a grade of “C” or better.
Liberal arts courses that are comparable to those taught at MCAD will be considered, including most art history, humanities, language, and social science courses. Course content is always considered when determining the transfer of credit, and a course description is required in order to determine transfer eligibility.
A portfolio of work completed as part of each studio course is required for credit transfer. For example, if you intend to transfer credits for three studio courses, three separate portfolios will be required.
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.
To minimize loss of credit and duplication of coursework, it is recommended that students transfer to MCAD after one year of community college attendance. Early communication with an admissions counselor will allow MCAD to determine when it is best for you to transfer.
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 foundation curriculum 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:
Last Friday in June:
Before December 1:
First Friday in January:
Contact an admissions counselor for guidance in the transfer process.
Transfer-Credit Guides (PDFs)
Community College Courses: