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Transfer of Credit
Students may receive credit for courses taken at other accredited institutions that are similar in content, purpose, and standards to those offered at The University of the Arts. A minimum grade of C in a course is required for consideration for transfer credit. Only credits are transferable, not grades.
Candidates are given a preliminary transfer credit evaluation at the time of admission; final award of transfer credit and placement level are subject to receipt of final official transcripts and verification by the Registrar at the time of enrollment.
Students will be given credit only for courses applicable to degree requirements.
Credit from Non-accredited Institutions
Based on the applicant’s portfolio or audition and academic record, credit may be awarded at the time of admission by the department chairperson/director of the intended major. The maximum number of credits awarded may not exceed the number of credits earned at the non-accredited institution (as adjusted to conform with the University’s credit evaluation policies). These credits may be assigned to fulfill specific requirements of the University of the Arts degree as agreed upon by the department chair/director and the Registrar.
Students who have completed course work at institutions outside the United States will have those credits evaluated appropriately. In some cases they may be asked to have their transcripts evaluation by an outside agency. Applicable fees are the responsibility of the student. A full evaluation may be obtained from the following agencies:
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
PO Box 6908
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Credit by Portfolio/Audition
A maximum of 18 credits may be granted to applicants by portfolio review or audition for artistic experience independent of any coursework. Credit by portfolio or audition is granted only for work done prior to matriculation at The University of the Arts.
- Academic standing and course credit based on portfolio review are determined by the appropriate department chairperson/director during the admission process. This portfolio work cannot have been part of the assigned work for a secondary or post-secondary course.
- Audition credit requires the approval of the Audition Committee and the school director. Academic standing and course credit based on the audition are determined during the admission process.
Credit by Examination
Programs and departments at the University may require students to sit for placement examinations prior to placement in a required sequence of courses. Students who demonstrate sufficient mastery of skills or course material will be placed in the appropriate level in the sequence. At the discretion of the department Chair, they will either be provided credit for previous courses in the sequence, or will be asked to complete other courses in the major as substitutes for those courses, or a combination of the two.
Graduate Transfer Credit
Information pertaining to graduate transfer credit can be found in the Graduate Student Policies section.
Occasionally a student may not be able to enroll in the exact course required for the degree program, or the department may recommend an alternate course to better suit a specific academic goal. In these cases, the student is to request an approval for a course substitution from the department chairperson or program director. The director/chair lists the required course and the approved substitution on the form. After completion the department chairperson or program director submits the form to the Office of the Registrar for processing.
The time it takes for a student to reach graduation will depend upon the time needed to fulfill The University of the Arts’ degree requirements.
Every transfer student must complete a minimum of four full-time semesters in residence preceding graduation and must earn a minimum of 48 credits in studio and/or liberal arts courses. Transferable credits will be applied only to the requirements stipulated for a UArts degree. For this reason, transfer students may be required to remain in residence at the University for more than the minimum four semesters and to complete more than the minimum 48 credits, regardless of the number of credits earned at previously attended institutions. Transfer credit is evaluated by the department chair or school director and the Dean of Liberal Arts in consultation with the Office of the Registrar.
Transfer of Credits Toward Liberal Arts Requirements
Upon entry, students may receive a maximum of 36 transfer credits (all students must take the LAPI 8XX - Liberal Arts Period Interpretation - Pre-20th Century course and LAPI 9XX - Liberal Arts Period Interpretation - 20th Century course at The University of the Arts) toward required Liberal Arts course work. However, students may only transfer in 15 credits towards their Liberal Arts Curriculum once matriculated. Please note that students who receive 15 transfer credits or more during the entrance process are ineligible to receive additional transfer credits once they have matriculated unless granted permission to do so by the Dean of Liberal Arts.
Students who wish to take liberal arts credits at other colleges must secure prior written approval from the Dean of Liberal Arts. Such courses may not duplicate courses already taken for credit at The University of the Arts. Additionally, except for courses in a foreign language or in American Sign Language, courses transferred in after matriculation to meet liberal arts elective requirements must be upper-division courses at other institutions (those intended for Juniors and Seniors).