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Transfer Orientation

Once you have been accepted to the University of Iowa, you'll attend a one-day Transfer Orientation program the semester before you start classes. Transfer Orientation is required in order to register for your courses at Iowa. When you make your Orientation Program Reservation through your Admissions Profile on MyUI , you'll see available orientation dates. At orientation, you will get your student ID card, build a tentative course schedule, and be assigned a time to meet with an undergraduate advisor in the School of Art & Art History (SAAH). The SAAH advisor will provide you with information about SAAH and help you finalize your schedule. After this advising session you'll return to Transfer Orientation to get your registration codes and register for classes.

Transfer Credit Policy

When you transfer to the UI as a Studio Art or Art History major, most of your studio art and art history credits will automatically be credited toward your general elective hours instead of your major. Some of your art history classes may be credited to your art major if they are classes are already recognized by UI Admissions as equivalent to UI classes. General concerns about how your course work from other schools will transfer to Iowa will be addressed at Orientation. For more information about transferring credits to your art major, see "Studio Art-Transfer Portfolio Review" and "Art History Course Review" below.

General UI Transfer Policies

Transfer Course Limitations

A minimum of 2/3 of the semester hours required for your studio major must be completed at The University of Iowa (27 sh for the BA in Studio, 41 sh for the BFA, and 30 sh for Art History).

Studio Courses-Transfer Portfolio Review

Studio Art coursework taken at other institutions cannot be used to satisfy course requirements for your Studio Art or Art History major until the course material has been approved for substitution during a transfer portfolio review conducted by School of Art & Art History studio faculty.

Transfer Portfolio Review is held in the fall and spring semesters on the Friday before classes start. Transfer students must schedule a 15-minute portfolio review in each SAAH studio discipline for which you wish to receive credit. Your art work is evaluated by faculty to determine if it meets the requirements of a UI course. If so, you will be given credit for the corresponding course. The disciplines that may be reviewed are: animation, ceramics, sculpture, intermedia, 3D design, jewelry and metal arts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and graphic design.

SCHEDULING: To set up a time for a Transfer Portfolio Review, please contact advisor lynne-lanning@uiowa.edu. Students who do not schedule a review or miss their scheduled time are not guaranteed to have their materials reviewed.

WHAT TO BRING: Your portfolio should contain 8-10 of your best works from a completed collegiate-level studio course. Original work is preferred; if you are bringing digital images, please be sure to mention this when you schedule your review with Lynne Lanning.

IMPORTANT: You must complete the requirements for both Basic Drawing and Design Fundamentals courses prior to taking subsequent studio art courses. If you pass portfolio review for Basic Drawing (ARTS:1510) but have not taken Design Fundamentals (ARTS:1520), you cannot sign up for any studio courses until Design Fundamentals is completed.

Also, please speak with an academic advisor before you go through a Portfolio Review for a course in which you received a C grade or lower. A review may not be in your best interests.

Art History Course Review

Art history coursework that has been transferred from another institution must be reviewed to determine if it will satisfy a requirement of the UI Art History B.A. degree. You will need to provide a copy of your course syllabus that includes subject matter covered, reading requirements, and information about how your course was graded. The Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art History will determine which, if any, of the requirements for the Art History major you will be granted substitution course credit.

Art History Transfer or Study Abroad Course Equivalency Form
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