The academic record of each applicant is assessed at the time of admission to Purchase College by the Office of Admissions. Students who transfer to the School of Art+Design from other colleges or universities must study in residence for a minimum of four semesters (two years). However, the in-depth, intense nature of a BFA program requires up to 77 credits of studio art or design for graduation; the maximum number of transferable credits is noted below. Therefore, most transfer students are required to study in residence for three years to complete a BFA. The sequence in which many courses are offered and the student’s placement level (based on his or her admissions portfolio) also factor into the time required to graduate.
BFA Programs in the School of Art+Design
Of the maximum 69 transfer credits allowed, undergraduate students may transfer a maximum of:
- 24 studio art credits
- 9 art history credits
BS Program in the School of Art+Design
Of the maximum 90 transfer credits allowed, undergraduate students may transfer a maximum of:
- 20 studio art credits
- 9 art history credits
All upper-level studio art courses required for the BFA majors and the BS major in the School of Art+Design must be completed at Purchase College. Please note that art credits from other schools are not automatically transferable. Visual arts studio credit is awarded only:
- for those arts courses, in which the student has earned a grade of C or higher, that can be considered applicable to the visual arts program; and
- upon recommendation of the School of Art+Design faculty, based on the quality of work presented in the student’s portfolio.
Students who wish to transfer from other degree programs at Purchase College to the School of Art+Design must submit the following to the school’s main office (Visual Arts Building, second floor):
- an essay of intention
- a portfolio
- a student copy of their transcript
- an application form
After the materials have been reviewed by the Art+Design Admissions Committee and a decision has been reached, students will be informed of their acceptance or denial via email.
Note for Internal Transfers:
- Studio Art Credit for Arts Open Access Courses
Internal-transfer students who are accepted in the School of Art+Design have often taken Arts Open Access courses at Purchase before transferring. (Before Fall 2014, these were offered under the SOA prefix.) For these internal-transfer students, only the Arts Open Access studio art courses that are also offered in the regular curriculum for visual arts majors may be counted as Art+Design studio art credit.
- Studio Art Credit for Courses Offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education
Both the coordinator of the appropriate board of study and the director of the School of Art+Design must approve the granting of studio art credit for a studio art course offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education that is not taught by a member of the Art+Design faculty. Such approval will be recorded in writing and preserved in the student’s academic file.
Updated March 4, 2014