Transfer – Art

Admissions Process

You may apply for transfer to The School of Art if:

  • You have completed 18-60 credits of studio art courses.
  • OR you have previously earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than art.

Transfer Early Decision and Spring Admission Information:

Transfer applicants to the School of Art may apply Early Decision. On the Transfer Common Application, you will first need to choose if you're applying for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 admission by selecting the appropriate academic program for the Bachelor of Fine Arts. You will see that the only option initially is 'Regular Decision' for your Decision Plan. Once you select your desired Bachelor of Fine Arts program (i.e. Spring 2019 or Fall 2019), you will see the questions regarding Early Decision in the Academics section of the application. This is where you will indicate your desire to apply Early Decision. Please note that all Spring 2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts applicants must apply Early Decision and must be Transfer students. If you do not wish to apply Early Decision, then you will have to apply for Fall 2019 admission. Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@cooper.edu or 212-353-4120 with any questions or concerns.

Transfer Application Deadline Information:

SPRING 2019 EARLY DECISION:

STEP 1 Submit the first part of your application online by November 1, 2018.
STEP 2 You will receive a confirmation email.
STEP 3 You will have to prepare and submit by November 1, 2018:
  • Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (required for all applicants)
  • Your official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Your SAT or ACT scores (sent directly from the College Board and/or ACT)* 
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable**

Send all materials to the Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003 or admissions@cooper.edu.

*Under certain circumstances, we will waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Generally, only transfer students and/or non-traditional students' requests to waive the standardized testing requirement are considered. You must be able to prove you have had at least one year of college-level math and college-level English to apply for the waiver. The Admissions staff will then consider your request and notify you if you can waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Please email admissions@cooper.edu for more information. 

STEP 4

You will receive a Hometest in December which you must complete and submit by the deadline provided (approximately 3-4 weeks later).

The Hometest will be sent to all applicants via email on the same day in mid-December after the application deadline. We highly recommend adding admissions@cooper.edu to your email address book in order to prevent important emails (like your Hometest and admission decision!) from going to spam.

The Hometest will include portfolio requirements. All portfolio work should be sent with the Hometest .

Please follow all instructions carefully.

STEP 5 You will receive an admission decision by the end of December.

 

FALL 2019 EARLY DECISION: 

STEP 1 Submit the first part of your application online by December 3, 2018.
STEP 2 You will receive a confirmation email.
STEP 3 You will have to prepare and submit by December 3, 2018:
  • Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (required for all applicants)
  • Your official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Your SAT or ACT scores (sent directly from the College Board and/or ACT)* 
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable**

Send all materials to the Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003 or admissions@cooper.edu.

*Under certain circumstances, we will waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Generally, only transfer students and/or non-traditional students' requests to waive the standardized testing requirement are considered. You must be able to prove you have had at least one year of college-level math and college-level English to apply for the waiver. The Admissions staff will then consider your request and notify you if you can waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Please email admissions@cooper.edu for more information. 

STEP 4

You will receive a Hometest in December which you must complete and submit by the deadline provided (approximately 3-4 weeks later).

The Hometest will be sent to all applicants via email on the same day in mid-December after the application deadline. We highly recommend adding admissions@cooper.edu to your email address book in order to prevent important emails (like your Hometest and admission decision!) from going to spam.

The Hometest will include portfolio requirements. All portfolio work should be sent with the Hometest .

Please follow all instructions carefully.

STEP 5 You will receive an admission decision by the end of February.

 

FALL 2019 REGULAR DECISION:
STEP 1 Submit the first part of your application online by January 7, 2019.
STEP 2 You will receive a confirmation email.
STEP 3 You will have to prepare and submit by January 7, 2019:
  • Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (required for all applicants)
  • Your official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Your SAT or ACT scores (sent directly from the College Board and/or ACT)* 
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable**

Send all materials to the Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003 or admissions@cooper.edu.

*Under certain circumstances, we will waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Generally, only transfer students and/or non-traditional students' requests to waive the standardized testing requirement are considered. You must be able to prove you have had at least one year of college-level math and college-level English to apply for the waiver. The Admissions staff will then consider your request and notify you if you can waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Please email admissions@cooper.edu for more information. 

STEP 4

You will receive a Hometest in late January which you must complete and submit by the deadline provided (approximately 3-4 weeks later).

The Hometest will be sent to all applicants via email on the same day in late January after the application deadline. We highly recommend adding admissions@cooper.edu to your email address book in order to prevent important emails (like your Hometest and admission decision!) from going to spam.

The Hometest will include portfolio requirements. All portfolio work should be sent with the Hometest .

Please follow all instructions carefully.

STEP 5 You will receive an admission decision by the first week of April.
 

 

**Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from a secondary school in a country with English as the official medium of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit official scores to the Office of Admissions. Click here for more information regarding International Applicants.

Transfer applicants typically have fewer than 60 credits at another institution. An accepted applicant who has previously earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than art will be treated as a transfer student for purposes of evaluating completion of degree requirements and length of time allotted at The Cooper Union to complete the B.F.A.

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