Transfer Admission

Transfer Applicants

Our undergraduate program has been re-focused to specialize in upper-division transfer students. If you have 30-75 transferrable college credits, you can finish your BFA/BA degree with us in 1½-3 years.

>> Minimum 30 transfer credits needed to enroll

Students planning to transfer to SFAI in the future are strongly recommended to take an average of 2 liberal arts/general education and 3 introductory studio courses each semester before applying.

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Scholarship Opportunity

Direct transfer students from any California Community College pursuing their first bachelor’s degree will be automatically eligible for a $20,000 California Transfer Scholarship provided that they are admissible to SFAI. There is no limit to the number of scholarships available each semester and no additional application is required.

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Recommended Course Pathway for Transfer

SFAI requires a minimum of 30 transfer credits to apply.  

There are many different paths for you take as a transfer student to SFAI. To help you get to 30 credits using the quickest/easiest path, we recommend the following:


SFAI Course  Our Suggestion
English Composition A  Strongly Recommended
English Composition B  Strongly Recommended
Humanities  Recommended
Humanities  Recommended
Math or Science Recommended
Social Science Recommended
Global Art History Strongly Recommended
Liberal Arts Elective Recommended
Studio/General Elective Strongly Recommended (Studio Elective)
Studio/General Elective Strongly Recommended (Studio Elective)


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General Requirements from California Colleges

SFAI accepts up to 75 semester credits for transfer.

For all California Community Colleges, State, and UC's that use IGETC, the following chart depicts the basic list of IGETC areas SFAI accepts for certain SFAI requirements of all bachelor's level programs. Courses SFAI accepts for transfer are not limited to courses in the IGETC areas below. If there is a course that does not have an IGETC area assigned, contact or consult the Articulation Agreement for your school if available.

SFAI Requirement
(credits are semster-based)
IGETC Area SFAI accepts
English Composition A (3.0 credits required) 1A 
English Composition B (3.0 credits required) 1B
Math or Science (3.0 credits required) 2A or 5
Humanities (6.0 credits required) 3B
Social Science (3.0 credits required) 4
Liberal Arts Electives (9.0 credits required) 1,2,3,4,5 & LOTE (non-conversational foreign language course)
Art History Elective (3.0 credits for BFA; 21.0 credits for BA, maximum of 15.0 may be transferred in) 3A with historical emphasis

For other art history and/or major specific requirements, contact or view Articulation Agreement if available.

Articulation Agreements

Want to know which courses at your college will transfer to SFAI?

SFAI has articulation agreements either in place, or in the final planning stages, with the community colleges listed below. Check this page frequently for updated information related to transfer credit policy and articulation agreements:

City College of San Francisco (CCSF)
Contra Costa College (CCC)
Foothill College (Foothill)
Santa Monica College (SMC)

Official Transcripts

All transfers for both incoming and continuing students require official transcripts of courses petitioned for transfer. 

  • Official transcripts are sealed in an envelope with appropriate stamp or seal from the institution.
  • Must be submitted at the time of application for incoming students; submitted once grades are posted from outside institutions for continuing students
  • Failure to submit all transcripts may result in a change of admission status or academic standing/progress
  • All documents submitted for evaluation become the property of SFAI regardless of admissions or concurrent registration decision