Transferring to MIAD
This is about relationships and finding the ideal college to continue your educational career. The pursuit of a degree in the visual arts is one that requires endurance, dedication, and a creative vision of the future.
At MIAD, we are committed to educating artists and designers with a depth and breadth of knowledge both in artistic sensibilities and in life. At MIAD, we pride ourselves on developing relationships with our students, and transfer students contribute significantly to the diversity of our dynamic community. Our faculty seek students who understand that a sense of wholeness through knowledge, an interest in critical and scientific thought, and the adaptability for growth and change are important to a life of learning. We strive to build relationships that focus on these key elements of education, and transfer students often have extraordinary life and educational experiences that enhance those relationships. It is the experiences of our transfer students that contribute to the sustainability of the MIAD community.
Transfer students have unique needs; MIAD recognizes and meets those needs. It starts with the admissions process, is honed and focused throughout the curricular experience, and continues well beyond the commencement ceremony. We invite you to build a relationship with us.
The transfer portfolio should demonstrate knowledge of college-level course work. Your portfolio should include 20-30 pieces which represent basic skills in design, drawing, painting, color, and sculpture. If enough course work has been completed, the portfolio should also reflect experience in a major field of study.
The portfolio allows the transfer admissions counselor or faculty chair to evaluate which studio courses will transfer to MIAD and determines class standing. Therefore, your portfolio should include as much work as possible from all studio courses taken while attending other post-secondary institutions.
You may apply to transfer up to 48 studio credits. Transfer of studio courses is determined by the portfolio review. MIAD will only accept studio credits from courses which are compatible with our existing course offerings and for which you received a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Transfer Credit Policy
MIAD considers credits for transfer from accredited colleges, including community colleges, technical colleges and universities. Up to 48 studio credits and 36 liberal studies credits may be transferred to MIAD. All students must complete their last 30 credits at MIAD to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the college.
MIAD determines transfer credit eligibility and the level at which a student will enter the college on an individual basis depending upon the number of transferrable credits, level of visual competency demonstrated in the portfolio, and an applicant’s academic record. MIAD only considers credits from classes in which a grade of ‘C’ or better was awarded from a qualifying institution.
A list of commonly transferred courses and the corresponding MIAD course are provided here. This list is meant to provide a general understanding of courses that may transfer to MIAD to fulfill first-year curricular requirements.
COMMONLY TRANSFERRED LIBERAL STUDIES COURSES
|MIAD Course #||MIAD Liberal Studies Course||Commonly Transferred Courses|
|WR120||The Word and the World||Introduction to College Writing
English Composition I*
|HU121||Introduction to Humanities||Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Humanities
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Human Relations
|AH151||Topics in Historical Art||Intro to Ancient to Medieval Art
History of Art I
Art Survey I**
Intro to Renaissance to Modern Art
History of Art II
Art Survey II**
COMMONLY TRANSFERRED FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE COURSES
|MIAD Course #||MIAD FYE Course||Commonly Transferred Courses|
|F100||Observational Drawing||Drawing I
Introduction to Drawing
Design Drawing and Creativity
Drawing for Design I
|F199||Introduction to Advanced Studies||Advanced Studio Courses
(may include many of the courses listed as transferable to Research, Practice & Methods)
|F110||Visual & Color Dynamics||Basic Color and Design
2 Dimensional Design
2 Dimensional Composition
Introduction to Painting
|F120/121||Research, Practice & Methods||Introduction to Printmaking
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Computer Art
Introduction to Illustration
Introduction to Graphic Design
|F130||Space, Form & Materials||3D Studies
3 Dimensional Design
Introduction to Sculpture
Principles of Sculpture
For more detailed information on transfer credit, or to discuss a specific course, please contact the Office of Admissions.