Transfer credit is considered for acceptance toward a CalArts degree only when:
1. It was earned at a postsecondary institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency, or a foreign postsecondary institution recognized by its national government; and subject to review by the dean and the Registrar.
2. A grade of A, B, C or Pass was earned. CalArts residence equivalence is based on 15 semester units equal to one semester.
Credit toward the major
The CalArts Registrar’s Office will conduct an evaluation of previous education and training and will grant appropriate credit in accordance with Institute policies. The decision on year level placement at the time of acceptance is made by a faculty committee in each of the Institute’s schools, based on portfolio or audition, and may not exceed a level that can be substantiated by acceptable transfer credit. The schools are not obligated to recognize transfer credit in the major area when determining year level of acceptance.
Transfer credits and Critical Studies
Effective Fall 2007, students with previous bachelors degrees do not have to fulfill the full 46-unit Critical Studies Undergraduate Requirements. They are required, however, to complete at least 12 Critical Studies units in order to obtain a BFA degree from CalArts. All other students will be required to take at least 12 of the 46 credits total in Critical Studies at CalArts. Those students working toward a Certificate of Fine Arts are not subject to Critical Studies Undergraduate Requirements.
Transfer Articulation Agreements
CalArts has articulation agreements with Santa Monica College (calarts.smc_.pdf) and College of the Canyons (Calarts -COC.pdf).
These guidelines are tools created to help students identify SMC and
COC courses that are eligible for CalArts transfer credit. We are
seeking future articulations with more local community colleges.
Limitations on units accepted toward Critical Studies
Critical Studies accepts for transfer credit historical, philosophical and literary studies of religion and the Bible. We do not accept courses in religious studies that represent interpretations of a particular church or sect.
Generally we do not accept business courses for transfer credit. When we do, it is on a course-by-course basis, where for example, in a particular course there might be sufficient emphasis on writing skills to warrant transfer credit. We will give credit for courses in business and the arts as these are equivalent to our Survival in the Arts courses.
We do not accept transfer credit for foreign language courses designated "conversational" except when such courses carry transfer credit by the institution from which they are offered. A maximum of 5 semester units of foreign language may apply to the Critical Studies requirement.
Generally we proceed on a course-by-course basis in allotting transfer credit to the applied sciences such as courses in the areas of engineering, electronics and computer science. Through course descriptions and syllabi we wish to be assured that there is a significant scientific or quantitative component to the course for which credit is given.
Critical Studies transfer credit for currently enrolled students
Critical Studies generally accepts any credit earned by a currently enrolled student if the credit is earned at a regionally accredited postsecondary institution and otherwise meets transfer criteria. Students are strongly urged to consult with the Dean of the School of Critical Studies prior to enrollment in outside courses for which Critical Studies credit is expected. Consultation with the Dean will insure that course choices of the student are consistent with our requirements and will serve the student in fulfilling those requirements. Transfer credit is not guaranteed unless prior approval of the Dean of Critical Studies has been obtained.