Transfer Students

PAFA welcomes transfer students into the 4-year Certificate and PAFA BFA programs. We make every effort to assist transfer students in obtaining as many credits as possible without impacting the Academy experience they will have once they enroll.

Transfer Requirements
Transfers to the 4-Year Certificate Program
Transfers to the Academy BFA Program
Transfer Agreements

Transfer Requirements

  • All courses must have been completed within the last 10 years, must have been successfully passed with a grade of “C” or better (C- does not transfer) and must be equivalent to a course offered—or to be offered—by the Academy.
  • The transfer of art studio courses also requires that the student’s portfolio show evidence of the skill level completed in those courses. 

Although it is not required, transferring students are strongly encouraged to submit course descriptions for all transfer coursework. For studio credit, applicants are encouraged to submit a Transfer Portfolio: a CD of artworks from any courses being evaluated for transfer. The Office of Admissions evaluates studio courses for academic content, and a Faculty Review Committee evaluates these courses for artistic content. 

Transfers to the 4-Year Certificate Program

The Academy’s historic Certificate program consists of 120 credits of studio art and art history. Because of this, we review for transfer credit only courses that are equivalent to courses offered in the Certificate Program. 

Certificate students are also eligible to apply for the Coordinated BFA program with the University of Pennsylvania. Because the UPenn program transfers in 90 credits of PAFA’s studio program, they do not permit the transfer of liberal arts classes. 

Transfers to the PAFA BFA Program

The PAFA BFA accepts both studio art and liberal arts classes based on certain criteria. Liberal arts courses must fall within one of the 4 liberal arts areas offered by the Academy: 

  • Art History and Criticism  (15 credits) 
  • History, Culture & Social Science (9 credits)
  • Language & Literature (12 credits)
  • Science & Quantitative Studies (Math) (6 credits)

PAFA Residency Requirement: Students newly enrolling in the PAFA BFA program are required to complete a minimum of 21 liberal arts credits in residence at PAFA. This requirement is waived for:

  • PAFA alumni who completed the Certificate Program before the BFA was inaugurated in 2008
  • New transfer students at the initial point of transfer

Transfer students taking credits outside PAFA after enrollment must have advance approval of the School Registrar and are held to the 21 liberal arts credit residency requirement. 

PAFA alumni who completed the Certificate should note that the PAFA BFA requires the completion of the yearlong Thesis Seminar. This course cannot be waived and must be taken in residence at PAFA.

Transfer Agreements

Currently, PAFA has transfer agreements with five schools: 

  • Camden County College (our first!)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)
  • Montgomery County (PA) Community College (MC3).
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Northampton Community College

Graduates of all transfer agreement schools are reviewed for admission and transfer credits according to the transfer agreement. If applicants have completed the FAFSA by the posted deadline, they may also be eligible for the following scholarship support.

  • Camden County College students are considered for "The Camden Connection", a merit scholarship specifically for them. These awards range from $1,000 to $6,000.
  • Graduates of the Community College of Philadelphia are eligible for "The Philadelphia Connection" scholarship, which ranges from $1,000 to $6,000.
  • "The Montgomery Connection" is for graduates of the Montgomery County (PA) Community College who are eligible for additional merit-based awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

Be sure to contact the Transfer Director at any of our partner schools or the Office of Admissions at PAFA for details. We continue to work on agreements with other community colleges around the country. These agreements provide guidance on which courses students should take and which courses they can successfully transfer to PAFA. Students at other community colleges should check with their transfer advisor or art teacher—or with PAFA’s Office of Admissions—to see if there are any new agreements in the works. If one does not currently exist, and if there is interest at the community college, the Office of Admissions is happy to begin the discussion on starting a transfer agreement in the near future. Just let us know.