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Undergraduate Transfer Students

Congratulations on looking into your future at Academy of Art University! Transferring into one of our 23 different art and design majors will provide you with the tools needed to succeed in your industry. Admissions Representatives are available to make your transfer process seamless! Call 1-800-544-2787 to speak with your representative about pursuing your passion with us. We are excited to be a part of your journey!

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Transfer Application Requirements

Official Transcripts ▸

  • Official, Sealed High School Transcript
  • Official, Sealed Transcript(s) from an Accredited College or University
  • Please send to:
    • Academy of Art University
      Attn: Office of the Registrar
      79 New Montgomery Street
      San Francisco, CA 94105


      Submit an official electronic transcript to:

Portfolio Submission (optional) ▸

    Portfolio Submission Guidelines

    • To evaluate outside course work relating to art or design, and to place you in an appropriate level that will challenge you to build upon the skill set you have already acquired.
    • To waive out of courses that match a skill set you have acquired during previous coursework or experience.
    • To ensure that you are successful in the program you are seeking, major department representatives will evaluate each piece of portfolio work on a case-by- case basis.

    What you need

    • Call 1-800-544-2787 to speak with an Admissions Representative about your interest in art and design and obtain your student ID number.
    • Digital copies of your artwork that best demonstrate your ability to waive out of courses.
    • You may also include a link to your website (if applicable), but this will not serve as a replacement for the required portfolio.


GPA Requirement ▸

  • Academy of Art Univeristy does not have a minimum GPA requirement.

SAT/ACT Scores ▸

  • Academy of Art Univeristy does not require the submission of SAT/ACT test scores.

Application Fee ▸

  • There is a one-time $100 Application Fee required. This fee is non-refundable, non- deferrable, and non-transferable.


Will My Credits Transfer?

To jumpstart your transfer process, you can submit your unofficial transcripts from a domestic college or university to This will allow you to receive an evaluation in advance on coursework previously completed. In your email, please include the following:

  • Your first and last name and best telephone number
  • Your major and area of interest at Academy of Art University

Transfer Credit Eligibility

  • Courses presented for transfer credit must be college-level work, successfully completed with a letter grade of "C" or above.
  • Students must submit official transcripts before the end of their first semester for transfer credit.
  • Each transferring course must be a minimum of 3 semester credits.
  • Students seeking a degree must complete a minimum of 50% of required units at Academy of Art University to satisfy the undergraduate residency requirement.
  • Please note: the maximum number of transfer credits a student can receive varies by degree plan and major.

International Transfer Students

Transcripts issued by colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated by a certified educational credential evaluation service, such as ERES or WES.*

*These agencies charge a fee and are not affiliated with Academy of Art University.

Placement Exams & Waiver Options

Students can meet certain Liberal Arts requirements through placement exams and waiver options for: Written Communication, Quantitative Literacy, Art History and Appreciation, Historical Awareness and Comparative Ideas and Influences. Learn more.

Transfer Guides

Students who are interested in transferring to Academy of Art University in the future can start preparing now by using one of our Transfer Guides.

For schools not listed above or if you are seeking an Associate of Arts (AA) or Bachelor of Architecture — Candidacy Status (B.Arch) degree, please contact your Admissions Representative for a separate transfer guide.

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