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Transfer Students Procedures & Deadlines

Transfer students represent a very important part of the MICA community, bringing a wealth of experience, and maturity, to the college. Some students transfer to the college as freshmen, others as sophomores and juniors. A limited amount of space is available each year, and admission is competitive.

There are various reasons why students attend other colleges for one or two years before transferring to MICA. Some plan to gain additional experience before applying to MICA; some postpone their entry for financial reasons; and some need more time to define their commitment to the visual arts.

There are various reasons why students attend other colleges for one or two years before transferring to MICA. Some plan to gain additional experience before applying to MICA; some postpone their entry for financial reasons; and some need more time to define their commitment to the visual arts. For more information about transferring to MICA, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410.225.2222.

Step 1: Application (Online or Paper)

Submit the undergraduate admission application form either online or on paper with the $60 application fee to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The application fee for applications submitted online must be paid using a credit or debt card. For those submiting paper applications, please make all checks (which must be in U.S. dollars drawn on U.S. banks) and money orders payable to Maryland Institute College of Art. Be sure to complete the required essay and activities list. If you wish to apply for merit-based scholarships complete and return the competitive scholarships application form with your application for admission. If you require financial aid, submit the Financial Aid Application. 

Step 2: Transcripts

A high school diploma, official high school transcript, or equivalent is required for admission to MICA's undergraduate degree program. Request that an official record of your grades be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission from your high school and from all accredited post-secondary institutions attended.

Note: Only courses carrying a grade of C or better will quality for transfer credit. Up to 63 credits required for the BFA degree may be transferred from other accredited colleges. Exceptions will be made in certain cases. Liberal arts courses in which the course content parallels that of courses offered at MICA will be considered for transfer credit. Transfer of studio courses is determined by portfolio review and course equivalency. In some cases, the academic dean will consider waiving course requirements after an evaluation of art achievements gained outside formal school programs.

Step 3: Enrollment Status Report Form

The Enrollment Status Report Form, detailing a list of courses in which you are currently enrolled. If you are not enrolled in any classes at the time you are applying to MICA please still complete the form, even if the classes are blank.

Step 4: Course Descriptions

Transfer applicants must submit course descriptions for all courses for which they are requesting transfer credit. These can be faxed, mailed, or uploaded into the online application. Applicants may up load their course descriptions to the online application by scanning the course descriptions in and saving as a PDF or and typing them in and saving as a Word Document. Course descriptions describe the curriculum of each class and help our Transfer Coordinators evaluate your transfer credit. Course descriptions can be found on your institutions website, in course catalogs, and syllabi.

Step 5: Essay

Choose one of the topics listed on the application form; write an essay (250 word minimum). You may submit the essay as part of your online application, or you may mail it if you apply via paper application.

Step 6: Test Scores

The College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) are not required for transfer admission. However, if English is your second language, you must submit test scores from TOEFL or IELTS exams along with your application (detailed instructions are included in Step 2 of Admission Procedures and Deadlines for International Students).

Step 7: Activities & Interests (Optional)

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on the application form, and attach it to your application. You may also submit a resume instead, or in additional too.

Step 8: Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

If you feel that letters of recommendation are important to your application, feel free to submit one to three letters of recommendation from your college professors and/or professional colleagues. You may send recommendation requests to these individuals through the online application or ask them to mail letters of reference to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Step 9: Portfolio

Your portfolio is considered one of the most important requirements in the admission decision. For transfer students, the portfolio is also used to evaluate your post-secondary art experiences in order to determine equivalency to MICA coursework.

Click here for more detailed information on the transfer portfolio.

Students have the option of submitting their portfolios online (whether submitting an online or paper application) or by mailing a CD/DVD with their paper application.

Option 1: Online Portfolio

The Office of Undergraduate Admission's preferred method for submitting portfolio materials is online via https://micaundergrad.slideroom.com. If you are submitting an online portfolio and application, please select the Online Application program in Slideroom and upload your portfolio to the media section.

If you are submitting an online portfolio with a paper application, please select the Portfolio Only program in Slideroom to upload your portfolio.

The system permits each applicant to create an inventory of images and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), and PDF documents may be uploaded to our site. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels at 72dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instructions for submitting artwork online.

Option 2: Formats For Digital Portfolios on CD/DVD/Flash Drive

This option is for applicants mailing a paper application only.

  • Still imagery (painting, sculpture, photography, digital images, etc): Submit all images on a CD/DVD as jpegs saved at 72 dpi resolution and at a size of 600 pixels in the longest direction. Remember to include an accompanying printed inventory/contact sheet showing thumbnails of all work on the CD/DVD with captions as describe under "Labeling Your Portfolio" below.
  • Time-based work (video, animation) or time-based documentation (installations, performances or interactive media): Submit as QuickTime mov file(s). It is helpful to include a selected short excerpt or edited segment (2 minutes) to precede each longer piece. Remember to include an inventory sheet describing the work submitted digitally, with a contact sheet of representative still image/s for reference.
  • Web-based work: Web-based work cannot be submitted in lieu of a portfolio. If you would like to share web-based work with the Admission Committee, please provide the URL of your blog or website(s) in your Activities and Interests list.

Portfolios submitted as part of the admission and competitive scholarship application process become a permanent part of the admission file and are not returned. Do not mail original artwork.

If you would like a personal review of your original portfolio by an MICA admission representative, we would love to meet you at a National Portfolio Day, during a visit to your school, or when you schedule an interview and portfolio review as part of your visit to MICA's campus. Click here to learn more about visiting MICA's campus.

*Portfolio Days are hosted by MICA and other members of the National Portfolio Day Association.

For information regarding dates, times, and locations visit the NPDA Web site at www.portfolioday.net. You can also call MICA's Office of Undergraduate Admission for information about National Portfolio Days.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

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 by April 30
  • April 20-24 - Notification of scholarship recipients
  • May 21 - Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

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

Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines

  • MICA Online Financial Aid Application
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Parent and student federal tax returns and W-2 statements

Fall Enrollment

  • March 1 - Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after this date will be processed until funds are exhausted)
  • April 20-24 - Financial aid award notifications mailed to transfer applicants

Spring Enrollment

  • November 5 - Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after this date will be processed until funds are exhausted)
  • December 1 - Financial aid award notifications mailed