Applying as a transfer student

Here’s how to apply if you are a transfer student with credit-hours from another college.

Complete and submit these items using the online application service Slideroom:

  • Online application.
  • Portfolio of your work (required for the BFA Program).
  • To transfer college art or design studio credit-hours, you must submit a portfolio of two or three pieces of work from each college course for which you are seeking credit. Label each piece with your name and the course number as it appears on your transcript.
  • Statement of Intent essay of approximately 500 words that describes who you are as an artist. Tell us why art school and why Watkins. Include your personal views as an artist and how your portfolio reflects those views. Discuss your interests, influences, and goals. Treat this as a formal essay that demonstrates your written communication skills, critical thinking, and command of proper grammar and punctuation.

Have these items sent directly to us:

  • One to three letters of reference (recommended but not required) completed by individuals who can speak to your potential to succeed at Watkins—someone you know through school, work, or professional activity (not a relative or friend).
  • If you are transferring 12 or more college credit-hours, send official transcripts from every college you attended (high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores not required).
  • If you are transferring fewer than 12 college credit-hours, send both your high school and college official transcripts.
  • If you are transferring fewer than 12 college credit-hours, send official ACT or SAT scores completed within the last five years. Use Watkins ACT code 4027 and SAT code 4927 to have your scores sent directly to Watkins. Contact our Admissions Office if you did not take either test or if your scores are more than five years old. We use these scores to fully evaluate your potential to succeed at Watkins but do not require a minimum score for consideration.
  • Official AP, CLEP, or IB scores (if you are seeking college credit-hours).

How the transfer evaluation process works

Here’s what happens after we receive your complete transfer application package:

  • The faculty chair of the program to which you are applying will evaluate any completed coursework that will apply to your intended major and decide how your completed work will be transferred to the program requirements at Watkins.
  • The Registrar will evaluate your completed general education classes (if any).
  • We will consider only courses in which you received a final grade of C or better.
  • We will not consider remedial and/or developmental classes for transfer credit.
  • Following these evaluations, the Registrar will send you a letter detailing which classes and how many credit-hours the program has accepted. The process typically takes about three weeks.
  • If your transcript has in-progress coursework, we will evaluate those classes only after we receive a final transcript confirming completion.

Residency requirements and limits on transfer credit-hours

For the BFA and BA degree programs, you must complete a minimum of 36 credit-hours of coursework at Watkins, including at least 18 credit-hours in your major.

For all other degree programs, you must complete your last 24 credit-hours at Watkins.

Credit-hours for general education courses in connection with a previous degree

If you have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited college or university, you will receive general education credit-hours at Watkins for the following undergraduate subjects:

  • composition
  • history of world civilizations
  • natural sciences
  • social sciences
  • speech communication
  • mathematics

After a thorough analysis of your transfer credit-hours and the requirements of your chosen academic program, the Registrar will notify you of any additional general education requirements and core studies requirements you must complete at Watkins.

Credit-hours for Tennessee Transfer Pathways

If you transfer to Watkins on the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, you will receive general education credit-hours at Watkins for the following undergraduate subjects:

  • all general education core requirements
  • nine credit-hours of the visual arts core requirements
  • two additional transferable visual arts electives
  • nine credit-hours of transferable general education electives
  • elective credit-hours for humanities/fine arts classes taken at a community college that does not offer ARTH 2010 and/or ARTH 2020 (note, however, that you will not receive any Watkins credit for ART 1030 Art Appreciation)

If you attended a community college that does not offer ARTH 2010 or ARTH 2020, you must complete those courses at Watkins.

Contact us to get transfer credit-hour details for specific Watkins degree programs: