It’s easy to transfer to Moore, even if you first began your studies at another school. We make the transfer process easy and seamless for you.

Moore offers $1,000 paid internships for every student, career skills to help you land your first job, fellowships to explore your interests outside of the classroom, study abroad opportunities, an active community of students and tons of fun events. You’ll also be eligible for the same merit scholarships that incoming first-year students are eligible to receive, making Moore an affordable choice for the next step in your academic journey. 

Our dedicated Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor, Sierra Conniff, will help you through every step of the process and will give you the guidance you need, from pre-application to the start of your classes. She can even provide you with a preliminary credit evaluation before you apply, which will help you determine your estimated time to graduation.


We can't wait to meet you! Apply today or contact Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor Sierra Conniff for a preliminary credit evaluation.


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100%of BFA students receive some form of financial assistance

Whether that assistance comes in the form of scholarships, grants or additional awards, qualified students can focus on earning their degrees without excessive concern over how to fund their educations.

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97%of our 2022 BFA Alumni are employed or in graduate school just one year out from graduation!*

* Employment percentage based on a 83% survey response rate.

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100%of BFA students across all majors earn paid internships!

Moore is the only art and design college that provides a $1,000 paid internship for every student—many of which open doors to future opportunities.

Moore Has More to Offer


100% of accepted transfer students are eligible for the same merit scholarships that first-year BFA students are eligible to receive.


Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and surrounded by Philadelphia's most exciting cultural destinations, our location is perfect for commuter transfer students in the tristate area.


We offer various events and information sessions, designed specifically for transfer students, which means you'll be part of a cohort as soon as you arrive on campus.


Transfer Student Application Checklist

Students who have attended another college or university should apply as transfer students. The checklist below shows the items necessary for admissions consideration. You may submit them together or separately as they become available.

  1. Completed application
  2. Official transcripts from each college or post-secondary school attended
  3. Portfolio of 8–12 pieces of original artwork
  4. Proof of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language and you do not currently hold U.S. citizenship. (See International Students page for more details.)

Foundation Credits That Transfer to Moore

To transfer to Moore as a sophomore BFA student, the following Foundation classes will transfer easily. Classes can be taken at any accredited two-year or four-year school and must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

  • Drawing I
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • Drawing II or another design course
  • Color
  • Convention, Canon, Sign (Art History I) 
  • Becoming Modern (Art History II)
  • Writing Workshop I (English I)
  • Writing Workshop II (English II)
  • Bridge to Major*

* Bridge to Major is the introductory class to your Moore major. For example, Animation I is the Bridge to Major class for students pursuing Animation & Game Arts.

Articulation Agreements

Moore College of Art & Design has a series of articulation agreements with two-year colleges in order to facilitate the maximum transfer of credits to Moore. Students who successfully meet the requirements set by the agreement with their current college will earn the option to transfer to Moore College of Art & Design at an advanced level upon enrollment. Contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor for more information about any of the below active articulation agreements.

  • Bucks County Community College (Fine Arts)
  • Camden County College (Fine Arts)
  • Cecil College (Animation & Game Arts, Fine Arts)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (Fine Arts, Interior Design)
  • Delaware College of Art & Design (Animation & Game Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography)
  • Delaware County Community College (Graphic Design)
  • Harcum College (Fashion Design)
  • Mercer County Community College (Graphic Design)
  • Montgomery County Community College (Animation & Game Arts, Art Education, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration)
  • Northampton Community College (Fine Arts)
  • Raritan Valley Community College (Interior Design)


This is an accelerated option for either first-year students or transfer students who need to complete the Basics Foundation Program. It allows students to start in January (spring semester), and complete the two Basics Foundation semesters by the end of July. Please reach out at least two semesters before your projected enrollment to make your plan for a spring start.

Adult Students

The Moore community welcomes older adult students of nontraditional college age who wish to complete their education or establish second careers. Returning adult students are strongly advised to make early contact with the Admissions Office for academic planning and counseling, and to determine whether to follow transfer or first-year admissions requirements, dependent upon on prior college credits.


Re-admission defines students of nontraditional college age (over 21 years old) who have previously attended Moore College of Art & Design. For those who wish to return to Moore, we offer full-time or part-time course work to fit your schedule and financial aid options that will make your educational pursuits feasible. Leadership training, professional networking and career support are also offered to assist you in pursuing your new life and career path. All returning adult students are strongly advised to make early contact with the Admissions Office for academic planning and counseling.

If it has been less than three years since you were enrolled as a Moore student, you must apply for reinstatement through the Registrar’s Office. The phone number for the Registrar is 215.965.4028. If more than three years have passed, you must apply through the Admissions Office as a transfer student.

The Academic Standards Committee will review all applications for re-admission by former students who withdrew in poor academic standing. After dismissal, a student may apply for re-admission after one semester by writing to the chair of the Academic Standards Committee.


In order to graduate from Moore College of Art & Design, a student must earn 126–133.5 credits, depending on the major area of study. Of these credits, no more than 76 credits may be transferred in and all transfer credits must have been earned with a grade of C or its equivalent or better. Only the credits transfer in, not the grade or GPA.

All credits to be transferred are subject to credit evaluation by the College. The number of credits transferred will be determined by transcript review, and for studio courses, a portfolio review. Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be submitted for transfer credit consideration. Transfer credits are only accepted from accredited institutions.

Prior to enrollment at Moore, transfer credit from appropriate courses is accepted for academic work completed with a grade of C or higher at an accredited institution before the student's initial enrollment. Transfer credit evaluations for entering students are completed by the Admissions Office, department chairs and the Academic Advisor. The Admissions Office determines course equivalencies for the transfer of Foundation requirements, studio electives and Creative & Critical Studies electives by reviewing the transcript and, if necessary, comparing course descriptions and/or syllabi of the courses being considered for transfer.

The Academic Advisor determines course equivalencies for the transfer of Creative & Critical Studies requirements by comparing course descriptions and/or syllabi of the courses being considered for transfer. No transfer credits are granted for college preparatory or remedial courses. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 15 credits in Creative & Critical Studies at Moore. Students need to complete nine of these credits in 300-level courses or above.

After enrollment at Moore, a student may take courses at another accredited institution and transfer them into Moore. However, in order to ensure that credits are transferrable, the student must get written approval in advance from the Academic Advisor or the appropriate department chair. The pre-approval process includes a review of the course description of the course intended for transfer and may include a review of completed work following the conclusion of the course being considered for transfer. The student must receive a grade of C or better in the course(s) under consideration for transfer. The student is responsible for requesting a transcript be sent to the College. If the College does not receive a transcript, credits will not be given, and the student will be required to take the course(s) at Moore.

Studio electives and Creative & Critical Studies electives qualify for transfer but after matriculation, all required courses must be completed at Moore. Exceptions will be made for students in a study abroad or mobility program and for post-baccalaureate students with appropriate department chair approval. Anyone entering Moore as a first-year student must complete a minimum of 33 credits in Creative & Critical Studies at the College. 

At least three semesters of work must be completed at Moore, two of which must be in the senior year. Students are not permitted to transfer credits into Moore that are taken outside of the College during their final two semesters. Credits from coursework taken in summer sessions between final semesters may be transferred in if pre-approved by the appropriate department chair and the Academic Advisor, as per the College's approval process stated above.

Entering graduate students can transfer up to three credits of advanced, post-undergraduate level studio or technical-based electives from an accredited institution.

AP credit: A maximum of three credits for any CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in English, Art History, or History with a score of 4 or better may be awarded towards a Creative & Critical Studies requirement. Additional Advanced Placement (AP) credit will not be transferred into Creative & Critical Studies requirements, but may be considered in determining placement into other required courses.

In addition, a maximum of three credits from AP studio work with a score of 4 or better may be transferred into the college as studio electives. The Admissions Office and/or Academic Advisor reviews AP courses being considered for transfer. Students are notified by the Admissions Office of AP credits awarded prior to registration. 

College Level Exam Program (CLEP): Subject matter examinations and associated credits may be applied towards the minimum degree requirements by degree candidates. CLEP subject matter examinations with acceptable credit-granting scores and semester hours as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) may be awarded up to a maximum of nine credits. All accepted credits are posted on the transcript as transfer credit.

After considering all other transfer rules, the Admissions Office and the Academic Advisor or the relevant department chair will make the final decision about transferring credits at the time the student is considered for admission.

After initial enrollment, a student may take CLEP subject matter examinations provided that they conform to the College’s transfer rules and get pre-approval in advance in writing from the Academic Advisor or the appropriate department chair.

International Baccalaureate (IB) credits: A maximum of three studio elective may be awarded and a maximum of nine Creative & Critical Studies IB credits may be awarded for students entering the College. Regarding studio credits, the College may award three credits if a student receives a score of 7 on the Standard Level examination, or three credits for a score of 4 or better on the Higher Level examination.

Regarding Creative & Critical Studies credits, the College may award three credits per applicable exam if a student receives a score of 4 or better on a Higher Level examination. No Standard Level examinations will be considered for Creative & Critical Studies transfer. The Admissions Office and/or Academic Advisor reviews IB courses being considered for transfer. Students are notified by the Admissions Office of IB credits prior to registration.

Proficiency credits: Entering students and matriculated students are afforded the opportunity to earn proficiency credits on the basis of life experience assessed through a portfolio review and formal interview by the relevant department chair. If the department chair deems it necessary to determine proficiency, additional forms of assessment beyond the portfolio review may be required. The interview includes but is not limited to a review of exams and written work.

Up to six credits may be granted towards the BFA and post-baccalaureate degree requirements. The relevant department chair will determine which required credits, if any, may be granted. Students will be granted credit but the credit will have no impact on the student’s GPA. All proficiency credits will be posted on the student’s transcripts.

At Moore College of Art & Design, in lecture/academic/seminar courses, one semester hour of credit equals one hour of class instruction and at least two hours of work outside class. Moore’s academic calendar includes a fall, spring and summer term. The fall and spring semesters include 14 weeks of instruction and at least one week of final critiques and exams. The summer semester is 12 weeks in duration.

Students spend approximately the same number of class hours and complete the same amount of preparation/outside of classwork as they would in a fall or spring semester as the number of scheduled hours of class time per week is increased to be equivalent to the number of class time hours per week in a 15-week semester with 14 weeks of instruction and one week of final critiques and exams.

During the 12-week summer semester, courses offered within a two-, four- or six-week period are considered intensives and are scheduled with the equivalent number of hours in class as a semester-long class. The formula for the number of hours of class time and the number of expected hours of work outside of class time per credit are applied regardless of the number of weeks scheduled for the course. Moore offers independent study on the undergraduate and graduate level as an option for fulfilling elective credits. Students must independently complete approximately the same number of class hours and hours of work outside of class when pursuing an independent study as they would in completing a course with equivalent credit during a given term. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate approval process, please see the Student Handbook.

There are two classes in the undergraduate program that do not carry credit: a remedial English composition course, WRIT099; and Basic Design Lab, which is required of all incoming students. Students in WRIT099 must attend the same number of class hours as a three-credit, semester-long academic course with 14 weeks of instruction with one week of final exams and must complete the same amount of work outside of class per credit as a student in a three-credit academic course.

Students in the undergraduate program may complete more than three hours of effort per credit in the Art Education Student Teaching Seminar and during the required internships.


If you're ready to move forward as a Moore transfer, apply today, schedule a visit or contact Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor Sierra Conniff to request more information and a quick preliminary credit evaluation.