Transfer Credit Policies

All students planning to study art abroad or at an institution other than Wellesley for a semester, year, or summer must arrange meetings with their major or minor advisers prior to departure to discuss how their plans will impact the completion of their majors and their Wellesley degrees. We also recommend that non-departmental students intending to take an art course elsewhere for credit meet with the relevant member of our faculty regarding their plans. Without such a meeting, and ongoing consultation, there is no guarantee that courses will transfer as expected.
In order to be eligible for transfer credits towards the art distribution and/or an art-related major or minor, it is expected that students take classes that are comparable to Wellesley College classes-- this is a miniumum of 60 contact hours.


The Art Department grants transfer credit for 100- and 200-level Studio courses only; 300-level requirements for the major or minor must be completed on campus.  Normally, no more than two units of transfer credit in Studio can be applied towards the minimum requirements of a major or minor in Studio.  Studio majors may also request transfer credit for one 200-level modern or contemporary Art History course, but Art History 100 and 101 must be taken on campus.  If approved by the Registrar and the relevant department, additional transfer credits will count towards completion of your Wellesley degree. 


Students seeking either departmental or distribution credit must submit the transfer of credit request to the Registrar’s Office; please follow the instructions posted on the Registrar’s site (  Submit all of the requested information, as well as a complete syllabus (translated into English if necessary); the Registrar’s form cannot accept attachments so please email your syllabus and any other documentation as a Word or PDF file to the relevant faculty member for review.  Studio Art course syllabi should be submitted before students take the proposed course to Professor Rivera ( for review.

Students who have taken a Studio course elsewhere must also present a portfolio of work from that course for evaluation. This portfolio review must be scheduled with the the relevant faculty member (see above) before credit is determined and the confirmation of major form is completed in the fall of the senior year. 

The Art Department will not act on any transfer of credit requests without a completed transfer of credit request form, syllabus, and (if relevant) portfolio; the sooner you submit this information, the sooner we can inform you of the departmental decision.  As this may affect your major or graduation plans it is to your advantage to complete this process in a timely fashion. 

Transfer Students

Students arriving at Wellesley as transfer students in their junior or senior years may transfer up to five classes toward a departmental major; these credits cannot take the place of 300-level courses.  All transfer students must submit the necessary forms to the Registrar and arrange an appointment with the relevant faculty member (see above) to review transcripts, portfolios, and syllabi as soon as possible upon arrival at Wellesley.