Transfer Applicants

The Corcoran College of Art and Design welcomes applications from qualified transfer candidates. Transfer students bring differing levels of artistic and academic achievement based on a variety of educational experiences.

Graduate Transfer Applicants

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred into a Corcoran graduate program. Decisions regarding transfer credits will be made by the Graduate Program Chair or Director.

Applicants transferring from outside graduate programs should follow standard application guidelines, which are as follows.


The Corcoran College of Art and Design accepts applications for the fall, spring, and summer semesters on a rolling basis.

Spring semester: November 1

Fall semester: March 1

Admissions Requirements

In assembling a student body of diverse educational, cultural, and interest backgrounds, the admissions committee reviews the academic qualifications as well as the art and design ability of each student. Admission to graduate programs is competitive and based upon an evaluation of the following:

  • Completed online application form with nonrefundable $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Written personal statement
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (three for the Art Education and Teaching programs)
  • Writing sample (for the Art Education, Teaching, and New Media Photojournalism programs only)
  • Portfolio (required for Art and the Book, Art Education, and New Media Photojournalism programs, optional for Exhibition Design and Interior Design programs)
  • Interview with Department Chair
  • In general, a minimum undergraduate or graduate grade point average of 3.0

For More Information

Questions regarding the admissions process and application requirements should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 202-298-2549.

Undergraduate Transfer Applicants

Transfer standing is determined substantially by pervious studio courses and the portfolio of artwork presented; therefore, students transfer into the college as a freshman, sophomore, or junior. Through the admissions process, the Office of Admissions will provide personalized support to help transfer students successfully transition to the Corcoran College of Art and Design’s degree programs.

Any student who has graduated from high school and attended a post-secondary institution—for any period of time—is considered a transfer student. Transfer students are welcome to apply to the Corcoran for our fall or spring semesters.

Transfer applications follow a rolling admissions process on a space available basis.

The Transfer Process

Transfer application requirements include the following:

1. All official post-secondary transcripts

  • One or all transcripts should include completed degrees, non-credit courses, and non-related course material.
  • If you have completed less than 24 college credits, a copy of your high school transcripts or GED diploma is also required.
  • Students who are currently enrolled at another institution should submit a copy of their current class schedule.
  • You may be asked to provide course descriptions for coursework completed outside of the Corcoran.

2. A portfolio of 10-15 images

  • As a transfer student, your portfolio should consist of your most recent advanced artwork related to your intended major.
  • The skills demonstrated should reflect relevant coursework.

3. Short answer questions

  • Choose 2 of the following questions to answer as part of your application.
  • Your response to each question should be no less than 250 words (about 2 to 3 paragraphs).

What do you think you will need to be successful in college? How will you go about finding resources to develop your skills? Please describe which of your activities (extracurricular, work, or volunteer experiences) have been the most meaningful to you. Why?

Describe a time you set a personal goal for yourself and detail the plan you created to succeed.

Tell us about a time you encountered a problem for which you did not originally have a solution. How did you go about solving it? Woud you do anything differently next time?

4. Letters of recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation are not required, but anything that speaks to and elaborates on a student's good character and artistic abilities is worth including in the application.
  • Students shoudl limit their submissions to three.

Once your Application is Complete

Once you have submitted all of the required transfer materials, your admissions counselor will prepare your file to be reviewed. The department chair of your desired major will review your previous coursework, portfolio, short answer questions, and letters of recommendation, if provided.

Department chairs will be looking for department-related coursework and a portfolio that demonstrates a strong understanding of technical and conceptual principles. Based on your application materials, the department chair will determine the placement of transfer credits and class status-- freshman, sophomore, or junior.

Transfer Credits

The Corcoran's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree curriculum is studio based; therefore, transfer credits and standing are determined almost entirely on pervious studio coursework and a portfolio review.

The Corcoran maintains a residency requirement of two years/48 credits of full-time study. Therefore, a maximum of 72 credits are eligible for transfer. Only courses carrying a grade of C or better will qualify for transfer credit.

Sample Transfer Courses

The following courses generally will qualify or transfer:

  • College Composition (or English) levels 1 and 2
  • Art History Surveys levels 1 and 2
  • 2-D, 3-D, or 4-D design courses
  • Drawing courses
  • Upper-level studio art courses
  • Humanities courses, including but not limited to psychology, philosophy, literature, writing, and sociology.

Math and science are not a required part of the Corcoran College of Art and Design degree program curriculum; therefore, we can only transfer a combined six credits of the subject matter.

For More Information

For more information about transferring to the Corcoran College of Art and Design, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 202-639-1814 or