Transfer Credit

To prepare for your transfer to CCA, we recommend you first review the Transfer Guide, then speak with an Enrollment Services counselor.

Sound planning allows you to maximize your number of transferable units and ensure you enroll in courses that best prepare you for acceptance to CCA.

Following an offer of admission, admitted transfer and second-degree students will be able to view an evaluation of transfer credit using WebAdvisor.

Course Articulation

California community college students can use the ASSIST website in conjunction with CCA's CSU Breadth Chart or the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for humanities and science course equivalences.

CCA has developed articulation agreements for the transfer of coursework from over 20 community colleges.

Receiving Transfer Credit

Academic credits received from regionally accredited institutions are usually transferable to CCA, provided they satisfy the requirements for the BA, BFA, or BArch.

  • Transfer credits must reflect a C grade or better (or pass for pass/fail courses, where a pass is equivalent to a C grade or better)
  • Transfer coursework must be completed within 10 years. This limit does not apply to previously earned bachelor’s degrees
  • Students with 12 or more studio units may receive waivers for the required Core Studio courses. Waivers are based on successful completion of studio work and overall portfolio quality
  • BA and BFA students may transfer a maximum of 45 studio semester units; BArch applicants may transfer a maximum of 63 studio semester units
  • Second-degree students who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university will automatically receive transfer credit for all of the CCA humanities and sciences requirements except for the 15-18 units of Visual Studies

Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate Credit

A score of 3 or better on Advanced Placement (AP) exams means transfer credit may be received.

See Advanced Placement for a complete list of all eligible exams.

A score of 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam means transfer credit is applicable (up to a maximum of 30 units).