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Transfer Students

Transfer students are an integral part of the Oregon College of Art and Craft community. Faculty and fellow students value prior educational experiences and the dynamic energy transfer students often add to the classroom and studio experience. Many students find their way to OCAC from two-year associate programs or four-year degrees in studies other than Craft.

For both admissions and transfer credit evaluation, transfer students must submit official transcripts of all college-level work, regardless of if the student believes the credits are applicable or not. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) the applicant has attended. Admissions counselors are able to work with applicants to provide preliminary transfer credit evaluations. Final evaluations are provided once a student has been admitted. Read more in our Transfer Credit handout.

The College will consider up to 60 semester credits for transfer toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, half of the required 120 credits. For the Certificate in Craft, up to 36 credits may be transferred in the 78 credit program. The Post-baccalaureate Certificate program does not consider transfer credits. Prior to matriculation to the College, BFA students may transfer up to 6 semester credits within their chosen major concentration as elective craft.

It is important to note that because the programs at OCAC are heavily studio-based, transfer credit evaluation is considered with a review of official transcripts as well as the portfolio of art work. Studio credits are determined by the department head of the student’s chosen concentration area once admitted.

As a guide for considering transfer credit, the College considers college-level general studies or studio art credits completed at an accredited institution for which the student received a grade of “C” or better. Courses taken for non-credit, graded on a Pass/Fail system where a “C–“ is considered passing, or for remedial studies are not eligible. Grades of “B” or higher are best considered for studio concentration credits. Credits earned through transfer work do not impact the student’s grade point average earned at OCAC.

Veterans Benefits requirements: Any student receiving GI Bill® education benefits while attending Oregon College of Art and Craft is required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the school for review of prior credit.

OCAC also grants credit based on Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations of the College Board. Scores of four or five may be used as three semester credits and must be submitted to OCAC by the testing service. Credit is available in Art History, English Language and Literature, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences. The College Board code for OCAC is 4236.

College Credit earned by High School students through dual enrollment programs can transfer in to OCAC upon receipt of an official transcript from the accredited college or university and evaluation of the courses.

Prior Learning Credit: OCAC recognizes prior learning by accepting College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test scores. These exams measure mastery of college-level and introductory course content in a wide range of disciplines. Students meeting the credit-granting score standard earn credit and course exemption. A maximum of 24 credits for successful performance on CLEP examinations will be accepted.