Transfer Applicants: Visual Arts & Design
Review Your Deadlines
April 1 — Deadline to submit the online application to VCU
April 15 — Deadline for portfolio submission
VCUarts continues to review applications until all spots are filled. Transfer applicants who submit complete applications by the deadline will receive a decision by June 1st.
Applications to this program are accepted for fall semesters only.
Determine the email address you will use for your VCU correspondence
Please ensure it stays active for at least one year, as we will use it to communicate with you throughout the application process. Use the same email address for all VCU business. Check your email frequently for updates on the status of your application.
Submit the Online Application to VCU
Applicants must use VCU’s online application for admission found here: https://ssb.vcu.edu
Applicants may only submit one application to ONE major. Admitted students can request additional major/minor(s) during their first semester.
Applications will only be reviewed after ALL components have been received, including transcripts, test scores, and portfolio.
Submit your official transcripts
Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each accredited college or university attended, including summer schools. If fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours have been completed, applicants must also submit high school transcripts.
All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript.
Transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by official high school, university or college registrars.
The Transcript Information form (PDF) can be downloaded here:
Transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526
Submit your official test scores
SAT or ACT scores are required for students younger than 22 and/or have completed fewer than 30 college level credits.
Only official scores will be accepted. Electronic scores from the CollegeBoard or ACT are preferred.
Request your SAT scores from CollegeBoard (school code: 5570): sat.collegeboard.com
Request your scores from ACT (school code: 4379): actstudent.org/scores/send/
Submit your portfolio
After your application has been processed, you will receive an email with a link to the supplemental materials upload site.
Your portfolio must be submitted online through our website. We cannot accept physical portfolios.
Submit 12 to 16 works of art that you have created within the past two years that show your promise in visual art and design. Present your strongest work and demonstrate your potential to develop a diverse set of skills and ideas should you be accepted into VCUarts. We prefer to see a diverse range of 2D and 3D media. Drawing from observation is recommended, while copying anime, cartoons, graffiti or tattoos is discouraged.
Images may be submitted in the following formats: .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIF, .TIFF, .BMP, .TGA
Videos may be submitted in the following formats: .M4V, .MOV, .MP4, .TLV, .ASF, .MPEG, .MPG, .MKV
Images can be up to 5 MB each, Video can be up to 30 MB each.
All videos must be less than 3 minutes. The total maximum time for all moving images cannot exceed 5 minutes.
Submit your references
VCUarts applicants are required to have one online reference submitted by their recommender of choice. Choose the person best qualified to assess your ability to be successful at VCUarts. Preferably, your recommender will be your art teacher. If you did not have an art teacher, please select a counselor or employer who is able to assess your abilities.
You will be prompted to enter the email address(es) of your recommender(s) as part of the supplemental materials upload site. The system will then prompt your recommender(s) to submit a letter of recommendation online. Be sure to notify your recommenders that you will list them. After your online application has been submitted and processed, we will email you your log-in to the supplemental materials upload site.