Montserrat College of Art welcomes the unique range of experience that transfer students bring to our community. At your previous college or university, you worked hard to earn your credits and we want to make as many of those credits as transferrable towards a Montserrat BFA degree as possible. If you are applying as a transfer student, please submit the same application materials as a first-time student plus, your official college/university transcripts. To get started applying click here to go to the Common App.

Credit Placement
You may transfer studio and liberal arts credits for courses in which the content parallels Montserrat’s own program of study. Only courses carrying a grade of “C” of above from other accredited colleges or universities are eligible for transfer. A maximum of 30 studio art credits and 30 liberal arts credits may be transferred. Montserrat reserves the right to decline credit for coursework that is more than ten years old. To understand how many credits you might be able to transfer please reach out to

The review of transfer credits for studio coursework requires you to submit a portfolio including examples that demonstrate the accomplishment of college-level course work. To avoid confusion when transferring credits, it is advised that you also submit detailed course descriptions to clarify course content.

Transfer Scholarships
Montserrat has merit-based scholarships available for transfer students. Admitted students are considered for merit scholarships based on the strengths of their previous college GPA and the submitted portfolio for admission. The scholarships are renewable each year of enrollment provided the student remains in good academic standing.

All transfer applicants must be in good standing with all previous colleges and universities attended in order to be considered for admissions to Montserrat.

Transfer from a Community College
Montserrat College of Art has several articulation agreements (listed below) with community colleges which guarantee the acceptance of students who earned an Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science from those institutions. Courses at these institutions have been carefully vetted for preparedness and relevance for a smooth transition into the rigors of a BFA program. Montserrat College of Art requires that 50% of the coursework is completed in residence; a minimum total of 120 credits must be completed to earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Delaware College of Art and Design, DE
Community College of Rhode Island, RI
Herkimer Community College, NY
Housatonic Community College, CT
Great Bay Community College, NH
Miami Dade College, FL
Niigata College of Art and Design, Japan
Northern Essex Community College, MA
North Shore Community College, MA
Southern Maine Community College, ME
Quinebaug Valley Community College, CT
York County Community College, ME

If you have any questions about the transfer process, articulation agreements, or you are at an institution that would like to form an articulation agreement with Montserrat, please reach out to