Transfer Applicants   


Transfer Students

SMFA welcomes students from a variety of educational backgrounds. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions regarding the transfer admission process at 800-643-6078 or 617-369-3626 or admissions@smfa.edu.

Download the Transfer Student Application Instructions

Transfer students must submit all official college transcripts. Those who have not completed an undergraduate degree program must also submit an official, final high school transcript. No photocopies accepted.

Transferring Studio Credits:
  • Studio credits from accredited full-time, continuing education and summer programs are awarded on a class-by-class basis. You may transfer a maximum of 38 studio credits upon acceptance to the School.
  • Studio transfer credit is evaluated after a student is accepted.
  • A grade of C-minus or better must have been earned in order for a course to be eligible for transfer.
  • Credit is finalized once an official final transcript is received by the Admissions Office.

Transferring Academic Credit:
BFA students may transfer up to seven academic courses. The following are additional specifications regarding academic transfer:
  • A grade of C-minus or better must have been earned in order for a course to be eligible for transfer.
  • Courses must have been completed at accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions.
  • Courses completed at two-year junior colleges may only be eligible for transfer if completed before matriculation.
  • After matriculation, all courses must be completed at four-year institutions.
  • Courses must fulfill the requirements of the Tufts BFA degree program, and must be the equivalent of a course offered at Tufts.
  • Transfer coursework must include a total of 42 or more contact hours of instruction in order to transfer as one Tufts course.
  • Transferred courses are entered onto the Tufts transcript without a grade and are not computed into the student's cumulative grade-point average.
  • Students should be prepared to provide course descriptions and catalogs from previous institutions, in addition to final transcripts, in order to expedite the transfer process. In some cases, additional materials such as course syllabi or accreditation information may be required.
  • Coursework included in a previous bachelor's degree that has been conferred may not be transferred.
  • Academic transfer credit is evaluated and awarded after an applicant has been accepted.
  • The initial evaluation is preliminary. Credit is finalized after the applicant meets with their academic advisor.

Pre-matriculation Credit:
BFA applicants may be granted up to eight academic pre-matriculation credits based on the achievement of certain scores from AP, SAT II and IB examinations. Qualifying scores for these credits are published in the Tufts Bulletin. In addition, BFA and Studio Diploma applicants may be granted up to four studio pre-matriculation credits based on the achievement of certain scores from AP and IB examinations. Qualifying scores for studio credits are the achievement of a four or five on the AP examination, or a six or seven on the IB examination.