Transfer students bring with them a wide variety of experiences and skills and enrich our educational community. As a transfer student, you will join others who have come from community colleges, other institutions, and students who already have bachelor’s degrees. Indeed, each year one third of our class is composed of transfer students.

SAIC will accept up to a maximum of 60 transfer credits with a grade of “C” or better from any accredited university or college. These may include 30 studio elective credits. 

A maximum of 81 transfer credits will be accepted, which include 36 studio elective credits for students who have already received their bachelor’s and are seeking a second degree. 

 

Traditional Transfer Students: Transferable Credits and Academic Requirements

Two-year community and junior colleges
Four-year college(s) without completing a degree

DegreeMaximum Total Transferable CreditMaximum Transferable Studio Credit
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 60 30
BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education* 60 30
BFA with an Emphasis in Writing 60 30
Bachelor of Arts in Art History** 60 15
Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies 60 15
 

*Art Education credit is nontransferable.

**Transferring upper-level art history credits require departmental approval.

Off-campus Study Requirements

Students bringing in less than 36 transfer credits are required to participate in 3 credits of off-campus study.

Automatic Credit Acceptance

Exemptions

ALL transfer students are automatically exempt from Contemporary Practices Core Studio Practice, and Research Studio 1 and 2. However, transfer students may elect to enroll in Core and/or Research for Transfers.

 

Prior-Degree Students: Transferable Credits and Academic Requirements

If you already have a bachelor's degree from another college or university, SAIC considers you a prior-degree student.

DegreeMaximum Total Transferable CreditMaximum Transferable Studio Credit
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 81 36
BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education* 81 36
BFA with an Emphasis in Writing 81 36
Bachelor of Arts in Art History** 81 15
Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies 81 15
 

*Art Education credit is nontransferable. 

**Transferring upper-level art history credits requires departmental approval.

Off-campus Requirements

No off-campus study required

Automatic Acceptance


Exemptions

Prior degree students are exempt from:

 

Other Types of Transfer Credit

Transferring credit from any of the following sources requires supporting documentation from the issuing agency to be sent to SAIC. A maximum of 12 credit hours are granted for any combination of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: SAIC awards 3 college credit hours for each Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4–5 in ALL academic areas (priority) or studio arts. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) SAIC will grant 6 college credits for any International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 5 at the Higher Level (HL) only up to a maximum total of 12 credit hours. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Students are awarded 6 credit hours if they score a minimum of 421 on a general exam. For each subject area exam, students must earn a score that is at least equivalent to a grade of "C" for that subject. CLEP credits are considered transfer credits and must be submitted prior to the start of the semester. 

College Credits (earned in high school) Includes early/pre-college programs or dual enrollment courses with the equilvalent of a grade "C" or better.