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Transfer to the BAC

The BAC welcomes transfer students for both the fall and spring semesters. Many of our most successful students have transferred from other schools, and we are happy to help with this process. Transfer students are not required to have a specific educational background, although many transfer after finishing an associate's degree or from other design programs. The BAC's open and rolling admissions policy also applies to transfer students. For more information or assistance, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0123.


Transferring Credit

The BAC encourages students to apply for transfer credit. Any interested students will need to submit their materials to the Admission's Office. Your school's dean will review materials and approve transfer credits, and Admissions will communicate decisions to the Registrar's Office, the Financial Aid Office, Advising, and the Bursar. Students may transfer up to half of the credits required for any degree program. Certificate programs may consider a smaller proportion of transfer credits toward completion of these programs. Distance degree programs only accept transfer credits by exception and with approval from the program director. Please contact the dean of the school or the director of the program for more information regarding the program that interests you.

If a course is transferred, it will count toward graduation; if a course is waived, the student will not be required to take it again at the BAC, but will be required to complete the same number of credits in the same subject area as the waived course in order to graduate.

Like other institutions of higher education, the BAC will only accept credits earned at regionally accredited colleges and universities for purposes of transfer. However, other educational experiences may be applicable when students are requesting to waive a course (see Earning Credit for Educational Experiences).

Time Limitations

Students requesting transfer credit must do so within a year of matriculation; those who earn course credit at other institutions between the time they matriculate at the BAC and their graduation may be charged a transfer fee. This is true both for students who are matriculated and for those who take leaves of absence during their participation in BAC degree or certificate programs.

Requirements of Courses to be Transferred

Any requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by a course description, syllabus, and evidence of learning accomplished. A grade of C (2.0) or above in each of the courses must have been received in order to receive transfer, with the exceptions of math and physics, which require a grade of B (3.0) or above. It is expected that any course for which a student is requesting transfer credit will have covered 75% of the equivalent course offered at the BAC. In cases where prior learning is being assessed for credit, portfolios may be required to be submitted by the student.

For all non-design and non-visual coursework, including general education, history, theory, and technology management courses, credit is awarded for classes that are deemed to be the curricular equivalent of a BAC requirement. Equivalency is determined via evaluation of the course description and syllabus. If the description indicates that the course covers at least 75% of the content of the equivalent BAC course, credit is awarded, provided the student earned the minimum grade required.

Courses categorized as design (meaning there is a visual component; examples include design studios, drawing or drafting, and CAD or other computer-aided design) follow the above guidelines. In addition, learning outcomes of these courses must be demonstrated through visual examples of work done in these classes, preferably in portfolio form. Credit will be awarded upon verification of meeting the minimum grade threshold of C, determination of equivalency through a combination of the course description and syllabus, if necessary, and analysis of visual examples.

Applying for Transfer Credit

The process for transferring credit begins with acceptance into a program at the BAC. Credit may be awarded for prior, college-level academic courses. Only courses completed at appropriately accredited colleges and universities will be accepted.

To apply for transfer of academic credit from other institutions, please provide the following:

  • A completed transfer credit application for each institution previously attended
  • An official transcript from each institution (sent directly from the school to the BAC)
  • Copies of catalog course descriptions from the year in which each class listed was taken. For instance, if a class was taken in 1999, the description from 1999 must be provided. Most college registrar's offices, libraries, or websites provide these upon request. Please note that in some cases where course descriptions are not sufficient to determine course content, course syllabi or other materials may be required.
  • A portfolio of relevant examples for each design and design media course (drawing, drafting, rendering, CAD, painting, etc.) the student wishes to transfer

Though a portfolio is not required for admission to the program, design and design media transfer cannot be considered without a portfolio.

Applicants who wish to transfer credits from non-US institution(s) should visit the International Students Admissions page for more information.

A student's transfer credit cannot be assessed until all of the above are received. Students should include all classes they are planning to complete before enrolling at the BAC. When the school receives a final official transcript, grades will be filled in and placements will be finalized. The BAC will consider requests for transfer credit only in the first two semesters from initial enrollment as a degree student. Any courses transferred after that point will be assessed a $200 fee.

Practice Requirements

In all cases, students should be aware that they will need to complete required Practice hours and Skill Level Assessments in addition to meeting their academic credit requirements. Similar to academic transfer credits, any prior Practice hours must be petitioned for and approved according to prescribed measures. Students must satisfy all Practice requirements both for portfolio and capstone project clearance and prior to receiving their degrees.

Transferring Continuing Education Credits

Students who transfer from a BAC certificate program will be permitted to transfer up to 12 credits of applicable courses and grades into degree programs. Matriculated students who successfully complete all courses required for certificate programs may receive certificates in addition to their completed degrees. Students who matriculate into a degree program receive substantial services not offered to students enrolled in continuing education coursework. They receive ongoing advising to facilitate the most efficient and beneficial educational path for students in degree programs. Therefore, once a student is matriculated into a degree program, no further continuing education credits will count toward his/her degree.

Earning Credit for Educational Experiences

There are many educational opportunities our matriculating students encounter outside the BAC. Some are offered by private entities and may not be offered for official credit, but may still be of value to the student. Because the BAC is an accredited institution of higher learning, it is accountable for the assessment of all the education for which it awards credit. Therefore, students who intend to use such educational opportunities for BAC credit, whether waived or transferred, must find an instructor to serve as an advisor to an independent study before beginning their course of study. The student will need to submit an Independent Study Form to the Registrar's Office and supply the dean of their school with the name of the instructor, number of credits requested, a full description of the educational experiences expected, and what documentation the student will give the instructor to assess the work at the end of the experience.

Please note that independent studies may be taken twice during a student's course of study at the BAC, only after four completed semesters, and students are expected to have achieved the required grade point average of their programs.