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Transfer Credits

Applicants who have earned college-level credit can be considered for transfer credits. These include courses taken at another regionally accredited college, participation in dual-enrollment, or having earned AP, IB, or A Level credit. Taking the right classes before transferring is an important step for a smooth transition into the College's art and design programs. If your portfolio of artwork demonstrates necessary creative thinking skills, and you’ve taken an appropriate number of studio art courses, you may be admitted at the sophomore or junior level.

  • To enter as a sophomore, it is recommended that you have:
    • 17 semester units of studio art from a regionally accredited institution*
    • 6-12 semester units of general education are recommended:
      • English Composition (often the first college-level English course at most universities)
      • Art History Survey course covering Prehistoric to Gothic periods
      • Art History Survey course covering Renaissance to Modern periods
      • Social Science (such as a Psychology, Sociology, or Political Science course)
    • A portfolio that demonstrates you are able to bypass the Foundation year
  • To enter as a junior, it is recommended that you have:
    • 36 semester units of studio art from a regionally accredited institution*
    • Approximately 18 units of general education, including the courses listed for sophomore-level entry and more depending on your intended major. Please note specialized coursework is required by major. 
    • A portfolio that demonstrates a high-level of technical and creative ability in your intended major

    Please note a maximum of 63 transfer credits can be awarded to undergraduate applicants.

Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each class in order to receive credit. All units must be earned at a regionally accredited institution or at the equivalent of a regionally accredited institution abroad.*

*Regional accreditation is educational accreditation of schools, colleges, and universities in the United States by one of the six regional accreditors. Please visit the website of the U.S. Department of Education for more information. International institutions must be recognized by the country’s national ministry of education.

Capstone and Creative Action

All Otis College students take the College’s signature Creative Action and Capstone courses. These courses cannot be transferred in.

Credit by Examination

Applicants who have taken AP, IB, A-Level or AS-Level exams are eligible to receive transfer credit. Official results must be submitted by your school or the testing body in order to receive transfer credit. See our transfer credit awarding chart here.

International Students

International transfer applicants should submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org). International students are required to submit official translations for transcripts not in English. Please submit both the translation and the official transcript.

If you are changing schools within the U.S. and transferring your SEVIS record to Otis College, follow these guidelines.

Graduate Transfer Credits

Graduate applicants can transfer credits dependent on review of coursework completed at the graduate level and approval by the Department Chair. 

Additional Policies

Please refer to the Transfer Credits section of The Hoot for additional transfer credit policies regarding matriculated students.


When to Transfer

Students may transfer in the Fall and Spring semesters. The entry semester depends on how many studio and general education credits have been completed.

Once you decide which term to apply for you, you will need to complete an application. The Otis Online Application for Transfer can be started here. 

The guidelines below can help you estimate how many credits you may need to enter in the term/level you are seeking. All placements are also contingent on having a portfolio that meets the class level of current Otis students and may require Department Chair approval. 

If you are a prospective transfer student, we encourage you to sign up to attend our Virtual Transfer Info Session led by our Transfer Admissions Counselor, which reviews much of this information in detail. You can sign up here.

Fall Semester

Class Level

Studio Credits

General Education Credits

Foundation Less than 17 studio credits Any Amount
1st Semester Sophomore At least 17 studio credits At least 6 credits or more
Junior At least 36 studio credits At least 18 credits

Spring Semester

Class Level

Studio Credits

General Education Credits

Foundation* Less than 17 studio credits Any Amount
2nd Semester Foundation At least 9 studio credits At least 6 credits or more
2nd Semester Sophomore At least 27 studio credits At least 18 credits

1st Semester Sophomore*

(A/L/I Jump Start Program)

At least 17 studio credits 12 credits or more

1st Semester Junior*

(A/L/I Junior Jump Program)

See course requirements here See course requirements here

 

* Requires summer term to stay on track for the fall semester.