Students with previous college credits are welcomed and valued members of the PNCA community. Transfer students bring to the College a diversity of ideas, experience and expertise that stimulate creativity and growth in the classroom.
Transfer students have the same BFA application requirements as all other students. However, transfer students should be aware of the following guidelines that outline how credit is transferred to PNCA.
Transfer applicants must have at least a 2.3 grade point average from the last time they attended school on a full time basis in order to have their application reviewed. If you are concerned about your GPA, please talk to your Admissions Counselor at 503-821-8972. In some cases, the 2.3 grade point average requirement can be waived.
Transfer students must declare a major when completing the PNCA BFA Online Application Form.
Credits earned at two-year and four-year institutions accredited by a regionally recognized accrediting organization may transfer to PNCA as they apply to course requirements for the chosen major within the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. We do not accept transfer credit from non-accredited institutions, but will consider on a case-by-case basis the transfer of credits from schools accredited under the category of trade and technical schools, provided the curriculum is similar in content, purpose and standards to the curriculum of PNCA. Credits from an institution, which is a candidate for regional accreditation, will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no time limit on the transfer of credits.
Only credits earned with a letter grade of “C” or better will be considered for transfer. A maximum of 72 semester credits will be transferred. All students receiving the BFA degree must complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours at PNCA.
Upon admission, the Academic Advisor, in consultation with the faculty determines the level of placement in liberal arts courses based primarily on the college transcripts submitted with the application. The transfer of studio classes is based on the college transcripts and a portfolio review. Students are required to show examples of the work completed in studio classes indicated on the transcripts. The Academic Advisor and faculty will consider the courses taken as they apply to the curriculum for the student’s chose major. Transfer students will receive a credit audit, indicating which previously earned credits will apply towards PNCA’s graduation requirements for their chosen major.
Regional College Credit Transfer Grids
As a service to prospective transfer students, we’ve provided several PDFs of the classes and credits that will transfer to PNCA from many Oregon and Washington state colleges. If your school is not included below, please use the available grids as a general guideline.
Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Columbia Basin College
Cuesta Community College
Edmond Community College
Lane Community College
Linn Benton Community College
Lower Columbia Community College
Mt. Hood Community College
Oregon Coast Community College
Portland Community College
Portland State University
Rogue Community College
Santa Monica College
Seattle Community College
Shorline Community College
Puget Sound Community College
Spokane Falls Community College
Tillamook Community College
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