Transfer Students

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.

Transferring Credits

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.


pdf Download the full Transfer Student policy

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. 

pdf Bellevue College
pdf Central Oregon Community College
pdf Chemeketa Community College
pdf Clackamas Community College
pdf Clark College
pdf Clatsop Community College
pdf Cuesta Community College
pdf Edmond Community College
pdf Lane Community College
pdf Linn Benton Community College
pdf Lower Columbia Community College
pdf Mt. Hood Community College
pdf Oregon Coast Community College
pdf Portland Community College
pdf Portland State University
pdf South Puget Sound Community College
pdf Rogue Community College
pdf Seattle Community College
pdf Tillamook Community College
pdf Umpqua Community College

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