Transfer Students

Transfer students from other colleges and universities who want to pursue a bachelor's degree with a major in art must first be admitted to Ball State before consideration will be given for admission to the School of Art.

To pursue a major in art involves a selection process that requires the submission of both the university application and art program application. Applicants are screened based on a review of academic records and a portfolio of original artwork.

Transfer students are advised to request summer admittance to Ball State so that they can complete the first-year foundation courses before beginning an area of specialization in a fall term. Learn more about how to get a jump start on a major in art with LEAP (PDF).

Admission Deadlines

Art program applications from transfer students will be evaluated for admission at any of the deadlines for incoming freshman or students may later apply as a currently enrolled student upon completion of the first-year foundation courses (ADS 101, 102; AFA 101, 202).

Admission Criteria

  1. A review of academic record from college transcripts
  2. SAT and/or ACT composite scores
  3. Portfolio of 10-15 works of art demonstrating studio art skills and other art-related abilities 

The college academic record of the transfer student is given greater consideration by the Admissions Committee than the previous high school academic record or the SAT or ACT scores. For transfer students, both course work and GPA will be evaluated.

Course Evaluation

Transfer students who have studio art or art history credit must undergo a separate evaluation of coursework to determine art program credit. In addition to submitting the art program application, transfer students from other universities are also required to submit a portfolio of artwork and course syllabi to determine course-to-course transfer equivalencies. Evaluation of coursework is arranged only after students have been cleared for Ball State admission.

Open House and Portfolio Review

Transfer students who are not currently enrolled at Ball State are invited to participate in the School of Art's Open House and Portfolio Review.

For more information, contact Barbara Giorgio.

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