MCAD values transfer students for the experience, insight, knowledge, and vigor they add to our creative community.

You are considered a transfer student if you have graduated from a high school program (or equivalent) and have enrolled at a post-secondary institution.

Learn more about how your credits may transfer with . This free web-based network is designed to assist you throughout the transfer process by determining whether the credit from the courses you've taken—or plan to take—will be accepted. 

Transfer-Credit Evaluation

While we are selective with transfer credits, we may accept up to 30 liberal arts credits and up to 33 studio arts credits with a grade of “C” or better from other regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions and pre-college programs.

Liberal Arts Courses

Up to 30 liberal arts credits from courses comparable to those taught at MCAD will be considered, including art history, humanities, language, and social science courses. A course description is required to determine transfer eligibility.

Studio Arts Courses

Up to 33 studio arts credits may be transferred. A portfolio of work completed as part of each studio course is required for studio arts credit transfer (i.e. if you intend to transfer credits for three courses, three separate portfolios are required).

Pre-College Courses

We may accept transfer credits from advanced placement (), international baccalaureate (), post-secondary enrollment option ( may be able to transfer additional credits and will be evaluated individually.

Contact MCAD Admissions for more information.

Transfer Credit Guides

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MCAD Transfer Guidelines

Memphis College of Art (MCA) and Oregon College of Art (OCAC) Students

Are you a Memphis College of Art (MCA) or Oregon College of Art (OCAC) student looking to transfer to MCAD?

The MCAD community is saddened by the closing of these institutions, its effect on the students, and the loss for the national art and design community. We realize that the closing of a university is a stressful situation, and so we have streamlined the process for MCA and OCAC students to enroll at MCAD. Be sure to carefully follow the following guidelines and complete all steps by the posted dates to ensure a smooth transfer process.

Watkins College of Art (Watkins) Students

Are you current student at Watkins College of Art (Watkins) interested in transferring to MCAD?

The MCAD community welcomes students from Watkins seeking to transfer. Our goal at MCAD is to assist Watkins students with enrolling at MCAD while maintaining a high level of academic quality and student services. We have streamlined the process for Watkins students to enroll at MCAD. Please carefully follow the process we have outlined and complete the steps by posted dates.