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Transferring into the Department from Another Institution (external transfer)

Fall Application Priority Deadline: May 1*

Spring Application Priority Deadline: November 1*

*Applicants submitting the application and any required materials after the deadlines may be considered on a space-available basis.

Students who want to transfer to the University of Delaware, Department of Art & Design should review the University's transfer admissions page for requirements and guidelines. To see if any of your existing credits will transfer, please consult the University of Delaware Transfer Credit Equivalency Search.

See our List of Programs for a description of each degree program.

Admission to the BA major is processed through the UD Admissions Office. On the Undergraduate Admissions webpage, you will be prompted to the Common Application to the University and the Application Checklist. A portfolio is not required to apply to the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Application for the BFA-FA or the BFA-VC program is a two-step application process. Admission to either program is first processed through the UD Admissions Office. Admission into these programs is competitive and requires the submission of a portfolio.

Step 1: The Common Application to the University; please see the Application Checklist.

Step 2: Submit a digital image portfolio and 500 word essay for the Department Review Process.

International students:

Upon receipt of your application, the University Office of Admissions responds to all Department of Art & Design applicants with a letter outlining the portfolio and essay requirements for admission.

Please contact the Art & Design Department (artdepartment@udel.edu) to determine if any of your existing credits will transfer. It is at the department's discretion if your existing credits will transfer as Art & Design credits.

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Transferring into the Department from Within the University (internal transfer)

It is advised that you contact the Art & Design Department to let them know of your intentions to transfer and request additional information.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree do not require submission of a portfolio. Internal Applicants for the BFA in Fine Arts or the BFA in Visual Communications are required to submit a portfolio. See our List of Programs for more information.

  • If applying for a BFA-FA or BFA-VC degree, contact the department (artdepartment@udel.edu) to learn about our rolling deadline for each semester. Then, submit your digital portfolio and essay for review on Slideroom. Portfolio reviews are not conducted in-person.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance to the Art & Design Department via email.

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