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Transfer Student FAQ's

Who does MICA consider a transfer student?

What if I already have a college degree?

What are the application deadlines for transfer students?

What is MICA's transfer credit policy?

How does MICA evaluate transfer credit?

Where can I learn more about the courses required to complete a BFA in my chosen major?

Are standardized tests (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS) required?

Are there scholarships and financial aid available for transfer students?

What kinds of artwork should I include in my portfolio?

What opportunities do transfer students have to visit MICA and/or have a portfolio review?

What classes should I take now if I am interested in transferring to MICA at some point in the future?


Q: Who does MICA consider a transfer student?

A: If you have graduated from high school (or have earned your GED) and have completed and earned credit for one or more post-high school college classes, MICA considers you a transfer student. To apply for admission and scholarship, or to simply review the directions and requirements for applying as a transfer, please visit the followings links:

Transfer Student Application Procedures and Deadlines

Undergraduate Application Forms PDF

Undergraduate Application Instructions PDF

Online Application

Q: What if I already have a college degree?

A: Applicants who have earned a prior college degree and wish to earn another bachelor's degree are considered transfer students. It is expected that transfer students have had some college level art instruction when they apply to MICA. If you have not, we highly recommend that you enroll in a community college to gain studio classroom experience, earn art or design related transfer credit, and build your portfolio. Our Transfer Student Coordinators can advise you regarding course selection: transferquestions@mica.edu.

Q: What are the application deadlines for transfer students?

Application deadlines for fall enrollment

March 1 - Application deadline for transfer students wishing to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships; these applicants will be notified of admission decision on April 1.

April 1 (then rolling) - Application deadline for all other transfer students (applications received after April 1 will be considered if space is available); these applicants will be notified on April 30.

Week of April 20-24 - Notification of scholarship recipients

May 21 - Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Application deadlines for spring enrollment

November 5 - Application deadline (applications received after this date will be considered if space is available)

December 1 - Admission notifications mailed

December 15 - Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

View application requirements for transfer students or download our application

Transfer Student Application Procedures and Deadlines

Undergraduate Application Forms PDF

Undergraduate Application Instructions PDF

Online Application

Q: What is MICA's transfer credit policy?

A: You can transfer to MICA at any point in your post-secondary academic career. There are no specific transfer requirements or minimum number of credits to fulfill prior to applying to our undergraduate program.

Q: How does MICA evaluate transfer credit?

A: When the Admission Committee evaluates transfer credit, your prior college experience will be compared to MICA's BFA requirements. Only credits earned at an accredited post-secondary institution will be considered for transfer. Of the 126-132 credits required to earn a BFA, up to 63 semester credits (or equivalent) may be transferred and applied toward your degree. Transfer credit for studio courses is determined by portfolio review. Liberal Arts courses in which course content parallels that of the courses offered at MICA will also be considered for transfer credit. Only courses carrying a grade of "C" or better will qualify. If your prior institution does not give letter grades, "pass" grades will be accepted.

Accepted students will be mailed a preliminary transfer credit evaluation shortly after receiving their admission decision.

Q: Where can I learn more about the courses required to complete a BFA in my chosen major?

A: MICA has sixteen undergraduate majors, six liberal arts minors, sixteen studio concentrations, and five graduate-level capstone/dual degree programs. Majors are required for all students and should be declared at the time of application. Liberal arts minors (academic), studio concentrations (art/design) and capstone programs allow students to gain additional areas of expertise and are optional.

Click here to learn more about MICA's undergraduate programs of study.

Q: Are standardized tests (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS) required?


A: ACT or SAT scores are not required for transfer students. All transfer students who speak English as a second language must provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. Click here to view test score requirements.

Q: Are there scholarships and financial aid available for transfer students?

A: Merit-based scholarship is available for transfer students and is based on the quality of the applicant's artwork and most recent college GPA. Transfer scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $26,000 per year. You can find the transfer scholarship application included in both the online and paper application.

All students accepted for admission to MICA who have completed the required financial aid applications by the deadline are considered for need-based grants, scholarships, workstudy and loans. Learn more about MICA merit and need-based scholarship and financial aid opportunities:

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How to Apply

Priority consideration for scholarship and financial aid is given to fall applicants who apply by the March 1st deadline, and spring applicants who apply by the November 5th deadline.

For additional merit-based scholarship opportunities and resources outside of MICA, please click here.

Q: What kinds of artwork should I include in my portfolio?

A: Your portfolio is one of the most important requirements in the application process. Your artwork will determine, to a large extent, whether or not you will gain admission to MICA. For transfer students, the portfolio is also used to determine equivalency to MICA coursework.

Transfer students should prepare a portfolio of 15-30 pieces that reflects your "best" artwork. It should also include artwork reflective of your college level coursework. Click here to learn more about Portfolio Preparation for Transfer Students.

Q: What opportunities do transfer students have to visit MICA and/or have a portfolio review?

A: A visit to campus is perhaps the best way to gauge if MICA is the right college for you. Student-guided tours of our facilities and residential living complexes are offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 am or 1:00pm. Please call 410-225-2222 to make an appointment.

Each fall and spring we set aside specific Transfer Student Visit Days. These events include a general information session (to answer your questions about application procedures, financial aid and competitive scholarships, programs of study, and student life), a campus tour of studios, classrooms, residential housing, and other facilities, as well as an opportunity to have a portfolio review. Pre-registration is required for these events. Please sign up online: Visit Day or call 410-225-2222 to register.

You can have a portfolio review at the National Portfolio Day hosted by MICA or at a venue near you. Our National Portfolio Day is Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Find a National Portfolio Day Event near you by going to www.portfoliday.net or by calling our office at 410-225-2222.

Please join us for MICA's annual Open House, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Explore our facilities, view exhibitions of work by students and nationally renowned artists, learn more about our programs of study and offerings, and interact with emerging artists and renowned art professionals. We look forward to meeting and talking with you. Registration and schedule information will be available beginning February 2015. Click here for more info.

Q: What classes should I take now if I am interested in transferring to MICA at some point in the future?

The following course listings represent examples of approximate equivalencies to help you plan your transfer. Actual transfer of credit for liberal arts courses will be based on the course description and grades earned. In addition to considering the course description and grade earned, credit for studio courses are only transferred if the portfolio demonstrates similarity of course content and a level of competency similar to that of the equivalent MICA course.

Studio Courses

MICA Foundation LevelExample Transfer Course
Drawing I (3 credits) Basic Drawing
Drawing II (3 credits) Intermediate Drawing
Sculptural Forms (3 credits) Intro to Sculpture, 3-D Design
Elements of Visual Thinking I (3 credits) 2-D Design, Design I
Elements of Visual Thinking II (3 credits) Design II, Color Theory
Electronic Media and Culture (3 credits) Intro to Digital Imaging
Painting I (3 credits) Intro to Painting
Foundation Studio Elective (3 credits) Painting II, Printmaking, Intro to Graphic Design, Digital Photo, etc.

Academic Courses

MICA CourseExample Transfer Course
Humanistic Studies (3 credits) Literature, History, Philosophy, Natural Science, Social Science, Religious Studies
Science/Math (3 credits) Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Calculus, Geometry, Physics,etc
Art History Electives (9 credits) Special Topic or Survey Art History Courses
Modernism and After (3 credits) Modern or Contemporary Art History Survey
Academic Electives (6 credits) Courses from any academic area