Transfer Credit

General Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit at CalArts falls into three categories: Métier, Critical Studies, and general elective. The application of transfer credit to meet specific métier requirements is approved on a case-by-case basis by the School and Program in which a student is enrolled. All other transfer credit is evaluated by the Office of the Registrar, under guidance from the School of Critical Studies.

The BFA degree at CalArts requires 120 units overall, including 46 units of Critical Studies coursework, 38 of which may be completed through transfer credit. Any transfer credit not approved by the School for métier credit or not applied to meet Critical Studies requirements will be assessed as general elective credit and applied toward the overall unit requirement.

Transfer credit may be applied toward completion of the BFA degree only when those credits are completed at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, or a foreign academic institution recognized by its government, and when a grade of A, B, C or Pass was received.

Students are not guaranteed advanced standing in year level or early graduation as a result of transfer credit. Year level placement is determined at the time of admission by a faculty committee from the student’s school, and is based on the portfolio or audition. It may not, however, exceed a level that can be substantiated by transfer credit (15 units of transferable credit is required per semester of advanced year level placement).


How to Request Approval of Transfer Courses

Applicants must submit official transcripts of all previous college level work as part of the application process. These transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar and all applicable transfer credit will be awarded upon acceptance to CalArts.

Transcripts for any transfer work completed after the initial admission evaluation should be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. Students are encouraged to request approval of transfer courses prior to registering at the transfer institution to confirm that the courses will transfer to meet the intended requirements.

Contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@calarts.edu for guidance on how courses will transfer.


Transferable Credit – College Level Coursework

CalArts awards transfer toward the BFA degree for baccalaureate level coursework completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities, or at foreign institutions authorized by the government to award baccalaureate degrees. Only coursework completed with a Pass grade or a letter grade of C or higher will be considered for credit.

Critical Studies transfer coursework will be assigned credit toward degree requirements in accordance with the chart below. All other coursework will be assessed on a course by course basis or designated elective credit, unless the School has approved the course to meet specific métier requirements.

Critical Studies Breadth Area

Transfer Course Subject Area

Humanities

Required CS Breadth Area

Critical Thinking

English Literature

Ethics

General Humanities

Philosophy

Social Science

Required CS Breadth Area

Anthropology

Archeology

Geography

History

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Science and Math

Required CS Breadth Area

Analytic Geometry

Astronomy

Biology

Calculus

Chemistry

College Algebra

Environmental Science

Geology

Physical Science

Physics

Statistics

Cultural Studies

Required CS Breadth Area

Cultural Anthropology

Gender Studies

Intercultural Communications

Ethnic Studies

Arts in Context

Optional CS Breadth Area

History, Survey, Introduction, or Appreciation courses in any visual or performing art

Computing & Research Optional CS Breadth Area

Computer Programming

Computer Science

Creative Writing

Optional CS Breadth Area

English Composition

Creative Writing

Critical Analysis & Composition

Journalism

Screenwriting

Economics

CS Elective Credit

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

Foreign Language

CS Elective Credit

Any college level Foreign Language class

Sign Language

Speech/Communication

CS Elective Credit

Interpersonal Communication

Family/Group Communication

Public Speaking


Transferable Credit – College Level Examinations

CalArts awards credit toward the BFA degree for successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations, for examinations for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and for A Level examinations. The articulation of these exams is assessed in accordance with the charts below. Other college level examinations will be considered on case by case basis.

Advanced Placement

Students who have earned a score of 3 or better on AP exams will be granted 4 semester hours of credit for each exam. In cases where an exam is completed multiple times, students will be awarded credit only once.

In order to be awarded credit, students must request official paper score reports to be sent directly to the CalArts Office of the Registrar. Any score reports not received directly from the College Board are considered unofficial and will not be used to award credit. Score reports may be ordered online through the College Board website.

Equivalent CalArts Area

AP Exam

Humanities

Required CS Breadth Area

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Spanish Literature

Social Science

Required CS Breadth Area

AP European History

AP Comparative Gvt Politics

AP Human Geography

AP Psychology

AP United States History

AP US Government & Politics

AP World History

Science and Math

Required CS Breadth Area

AP Biology

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Calculus AB Subscore

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Physics B

AP Physics C: Electricity

AP Physics C: Mechanics

AP Statistics

Arts in Context

Optional CS Breadth Area

AP Art History

Computing & Research Optional CS Breadth Area

AP Computer Science A

Creative Writing

Optional CS Breadth Area

AP English Language Comp

Critical Studies Elective Credit

AP Chinese Language/Culture

AP French Language/Culture

AP German Language/Culture

AP Italian Language/Culture

AP Japanese Language/Culture

AP Latin

AP Macroeconomics

AP Microeconomics

AP Spanish Language/Culture

General Elective Credit

AP Aural Subscore

AP Music Theory

AP Nonaural Subscore

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing

International Baccalaureate

CalArts awards credit for IB courses with Higher-Level examination results of 5 or higher. Standard-Level results are not considered for credit.

In order to be awarded credit, students must request an official transcript from the IBO to be sent directly to the CalArts Office of the Registrar. Any score reports not received directly from the College Board are considered unofficial and will not be used to award credit. Transcripts must be requested in mail from the IBO with a paper transcript request form. Please visit the IBO website for more information.

Equivalent CalArts Area

IB Exam

Humanities

Required CS Breadth Area

IB English A Language and Literature

IB German A: Literature

IB Korean A: Literature

Social Science

Required CS Breadth Area

IB History Asia/Oceana

IB History Americas

IB History Europe/Middle East

IB Psychology

Science and Math

Required CS Breadth Area

IB Biology

IB Geography

Critical Studies Elective Credit

IB French B

IB German

IB Chinese B

General Elective Credit

IB Dance

IB Music

IB Theatre

IB Visual Arts

IB Business and Management

A Levels

CalArts awards credit for Advanced Level Examinations (“A Levels”) completed with a grade of E or higher. Ordinary Level Examinations (“O Levels”) are not considered for credit.

In order to be awarded credit, students must request official exam results from either the UK Examining Boards or the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Exam results must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar in order to be considered official documents.

Equivalent CalArts Area

A Level Exam

Humanities

Required CS Breadth Area

AL English Literature

AL Philosophy and Theory

Social Science

Required CS Breadth Area

AL Government and Politics

AL History A

AL Psychology

Science and Math

Required CS Breadth Area

AL Mathematics

AL Physics A

Arts in Context

Optional CS Breadth Area

AL Art History

Computing & Research Optional CS Breadth Area

AL General Paper

Creative Writing

Optional CS Breadth Area

AL English Language and Linguistics

Critical Studies Elective Credit

AL Chinese Language

AL Chinese Language (oral/aural)

AL Chinese B

AL Economics

AL French

AL Russian

General Elective Credit

AL Art

AL Art & Design: Fine Art

AL Art and Design (Photo)

AL Drama and Theatre Studies

AL Music Technology

AL Product Design 3-D Design

AL Project Work