Transfer Credit Policy for Undergraduates
CCA considers transfer credit from colleges and universities that have been accredited by their regional associations. Students who wish to receive credit for classes taken prior to their matriculation at CCA must account for all prior college-level coursework whether seeking transfer credit or not prior to the end of their first term at the college. Transcripts received after this time cannot be applied to the student's degree requirements.
In general, transfer credit is considered only for courses that satisfy CCA graduation requirements, have been completed with a letter grade of C or better, and have been completed within the past 10 years. Degree requirements at CCA include courses from the Humanities and Sciences Division, the First-Year Core Division, and the major program. CCA's transfer policy differs for each set of requirements.
Transfer credit satisfying requirements in Humanities and Sciences will be awarded upon receipt of transcripts, and students have until the completion of their first term at the college to request a review of these units.
Portfolio reviews are required to determine the credit that will be given for studio courses. All transcripts that reflect studio courses completed at other institutions must be accompanied by samples of work in order to be considered for credit toward any CCA studio requirements, including studio electives, with the exception of the 12-unit studio transfer credit First-Year Core waiver. Matriculated students must have the approval of their program advisor or chair for all studio transfer credits.
Transfer credit may also be considered for courses taken at institutions that lack regional accreditation but have been accredited by specialized agencies or at institutions outside the United States that have been chartered or authorized by their national governments.
Transfer Credit Policy for Humanities & Sciences Courses
Transfer credit is accepted for courses that are equivalent to the courses required in the Humanities and Sciences curriculum at the time of matriculation.
Students who wish to receive credit for Humanities and Sciences classes taken prior to their matriculation at CCA must submit all relevant transcripts prior to the end of their first term at the college. Transfer credit for Humanities and Sciences coursework will be awarded upon receipt of transcripts. Students have until the completion of their first term at the college to request a review of these units.
(Please note: No further review of transcripts for Humanities and Sciences transfer credit will be undertaken after students complete their first term at the college.)
Students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university are exempt from all Humanities and Sciences requirements except for the 15 to 18 units of visual studies. Transfer credit is given for visual studies courses in accordance with CCA's transfer credit policy. The 10-year limit on transfer credit does not apply to previously earned bachelor's degrees.
Students who wish to receive transfer credit for courses taken at institutions without regional accreditation must provide documentation that the courses are equivalent or comparable to CCA's required Humanities and Sciences courses.
Transfer Credit Policy for First-Year Core Requirements
Entering students whose official transcripts indicate 12 or more units of transferable studio course work from a WASC- or NASAD-accredited institution will automatically waive the 12 First-Year Core requirements. Students whose official transcripts show fewer than 12 units of transferable studio course work may be required to take one or all of the requirements based on a portfolio review by the First Year Program Office.
Transfer Credit Policy for Major Studio Requirements
Transfer credit for major studio requirements will be determined by transcript evaluation and portfolio review. Because studio requirements and evaluation criteria differ among majors, credit cannot be granted for studio courses prior to a student's declaration of major and may alter if the student's major changes. The program chair or advisor determines the transfer credit for major studio requirements.
Students must have advisor approval for all major studio transfer credits after beginning their studies at CCA.
Students who wish to receive credit for studio classes taken prior to their matriculation at CCA must submit all relevant transcripts prior to the end of their first term at the college. Transcripts received after this time cannot be applied to the student's degree requirements.
Transfer Credit Policy for International Students
Please note that WES (World Education Services) evaluation is required for all international transfer students who have studied outside of the United States. All transcripts from non-US educational institutions must be sent directly to WES by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before transfer credit can be applied to any degree program offered at CCA.You will find all the information you need at www.wes.org.
You can apply for your evaluation on the WES website, and should apply for the course-by-course evaluation if you have completed any university-level work. It is critical that you read and follow the "Required Documents" information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible.
If your transcripts and diplomas are in languages other than English, you must provide a translation. Please make sure that California College of the Arts is listed as one of the recipients of the WES evaluation. Once all the required documentation has been received by WES, the evaluation usually takes 7 - 10 days.
Permission to Take Courses Outside CCA
Students should obtain pre-approval to receive transfer credit for classes they take at other institutions after they have matriculated at CCA. Students who matriculate with fewer than 60 transfer units may apply a maximum of 12 additional transfer units toward their degree requirements; however, students who matriculate with 60 or more transfer units may apply a maximum of 6 additional transfer units toward their degree requirements.
Students intending to take classes outside of CCA over the summer must submit a Transfer Credit Approval Request form to Student Records by the last day of the spring term for review and approval.
All transfer units must adhere to the college's residency requirement. Classes must be taken at appropriately accredited schools and must be completed with a grade of C or better.
The program expert must pre-approve credit for all major requirements (see Advising Schedule for the current semester's advisors.) Students must submit final transcripts for classes taken outside CCA to the Student Records office before the end of their first term back at the college and must meet with their advisor for a portfolio review of work completed in studio courses before the units can be applied to their CCA requirements.
CCA does not allow concurrent enrollment during the fall and spring terms, with the exception of the cross-registration agreements with Mills College and Holy Names College, and the foreign language study options listed below. Students may not take classes outside CCA while they are currently enrolled in courses at CCA, including online courses offered at other institutions. Concurrent enrollment is possible during the summer term if the student has submitted a transfer credit approval form to the Student Records office. Students intending to take classes at CCA and at a community college or other institution in the summer can not apply for aid for multiple schools during the same term.
CCA is in academic partnership with Kadenze in offering online courses geared toward art, design and creative technology fields. CCA will accept transfer credit for courses taken for credit through Kadenze and have a passing final grade of P (Passed) or a C or better. The transfer equivalencies will be individually reviewed per student's program requirements. Units taken at Kadenze are not eligible for CCA financial aid nor will they be factored into a student's cumulative gpa.
Access to Kadenze course offerings, schedule, descriptions and cost can be found on this page.
Foreign Language Study Options
CCA does not currently offer foreign language courses, but language courses can be taken concurrently at other institutions. Students can enroll at area colleges and apply credits to their CCA degree program in consultation with their advisor. Up to (3) foreign language units may be applied towards Humanities & Sciences (H&S) elective requirements. Also, (3) foreign language units may apply towards Writing and Literature Seminars - inquire with the H&S Office
CCA does not offer credit for experiential learning.