Transfer Admission Process & Deadlines

There are some important things to think carefully about as a part of the transfer student admission process. Here they are:

  • Admission and Financial Aid Awards mailed two weeks after your application and materials are marked complete.
  • Candidate Reply Date: $450 tuition deposit (and if living on campus) $550 Housing Deposit due two weeks after your admission decision is received.
  • Need to talk things through with someone? For information about transferring to MICA, please contact

Previous Application Fall 2018 Transfer Deadline Timelines

Transfer Early Action - Fall Enrollment

March 1 Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Applications and Financial Aid Documents Due
April 1 Admission Decision and Early Financial Aid Awards mailed April 1.
May 1 Candidate Reply Date: Tuition and Housing Deposits due.

Transfer Regular Decision - Fall Enrollment

April 1 Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Application and Financial Aid Documents Due
April 25 Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed
May 18 Candidate Reply Date: Tuition and Housing Deposits due

Here is the step-by-step walkthrough of the transfer application process:

Step 1: Application Forms

The MICA Transfer Application for Fall 2018 is available through the Common Application. We will waive the $70 application fee ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee) for all June 1 applicants. If you are unable to use the Common Application please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or

Step 2: Portfolio of Artwork

The portfolio should be a selection of recent artwork that represents your artistic interests and demonstrates your technical skills and ability. You should include examples of artwork that reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience, and abilities in the arts to date. For transfer students, the portfolio is also used to evaluate your post-secondary art experiences in order to determine equivalency to MICA coursework.

Transfer students should prepare a portfolio of 15-30 pieces of artwork that demonstrates a knowledge of college-level coursework. The portfolio should include items that represent basic skills in drawing, painting, color, and design. If enough coursework has been completed, the portfolio should also reflect experience in a major field of study.

The portfolio allows the review committee to evaluate which studio courses will transfer to MICA and determines class standing in your departmental major. Therefore, your portfolio should represent as much work as possible from all studio courses taken while attending other post-secondary institutions.

Please follow the instructions provided in the Common App to upload your portfolio submission to the MICA Undergraduate SlideRoom Portal in Slideroom.

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed on the Common Application and write an essay (250-word minimum).

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences may be emailed directly from your recommender to

Step 5: Activities and Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on the Common Application.

Step 6: Transcripts

An unofficial transcript may be submitted to complete your application, however, an official transcript must be sent directly from your school to MICA to receive eligible credits.   

Note: Only courses carrying a grade of C or better will qualify for transfer credit. Up to 60 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, MICA may consider waiving course requirements after an evaluation of art achievements gained outside formal school programs.

Step 7: 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 by June 1.

Step 8: Course Descriptions

Transfer applicants must submit course descriptions for all courses for which they are requesting transfer credit. Course descriptions should be copied from your college online course catalog and pasted into a Word document. The document should be emailed to

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