In order to be accepted to the Lamar Dodd School of Art, transfer students must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an Intended Art major. Students must be accepted by the University of Georgia and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, of which the Lamar Dodd School of Art is a part.
The Lamar Dodd School of Art reserves the right to determine equivalent credit for the Foundation courses being transferred by portfolio review and other appropriate materials.
Admission standards for transfer students is contingent on their having the courses required for the portfolio review and an overall GPA of 2.5. If these requirements are met before the student arrives at UGA, he or she may take the portfolio review in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester prior to registration in the school. Otherwise, the transfer student, regardless of how many courses were previously taken in particular studio areas, (please note that UGA only allows 12 transfer credit hours to be used toward the major) must register as a provisional art major, and complete the requirements associated with the portfolio review before taking any other courses in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The Lamar Dodd School of Art also reserves the right to determine equivalent credit for the courses being transferred by portfolio review and other appropriate materials.
Do not submit this portfolio when applying to UGA. Transfer students with the appropriate credit should contact the department for further information:
Lamar Dodd School of Art
Placement in Studio Foundations
Once you are accepted, you should immediately become aware of where in the Foundation program you may be placed. You may reference the Studio Foundation Transfer Credit page for information on the policy of UGA to accept studio credit from their native institution. Of course, if you do not find your institution referenced on this page, you should contact the School of Art advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on getting approval for transfer credit. It is important to take care of as much of this is possible before your Orientation date.
If you have not taken any studio courses at your native school, you will begin the Studio Foundation program at UGA during your first semester.
BFA Program Length
"How long will it take me to graduate if I transfer to a BFA program at UGA?"
The BFA major requirements are made up of 60 hours worth of studio and art history courses. In many departments and at other universities, students finish all (or most of) their core requirements within the first 2 years they are in college and then take 2 years of major classes and electives. As art majors at UGA, students start taking major courses their first semester in school. The course of study is sequential and prerequisites must be met. The reality of all BFA Studio programs is that they take approximately 3- 4 years to complete no matter how much core you have done.
If you are a transfer student from another institution or a student from another department, please be aware that the nature of the studio art program will most likely postpone your graduation. If you are planning on transferring to UGA and you are doing research ahead of time, please see our Studio Foundation Transfer Credit page to see if your institution has introductory studio courses that are equivalent to our own. If so, you should plan to take all 4 courses that we require in the foundation year (Drawing I, Drawing II, Color/Composition, and 3D Design). You should not finish all your core requirements in advance of transferring. Doing so will not benefit you or get you through the studio coursework any faster and, in fact, will make it hard to maintain full-time status (12 hours) as students are limited to taking 3 studio courses per semester.
Students in the BFA programs will take 1 year of studio foundation classes and approximately 6 semesters of major requirements in their area of emphasis. These BFA programs generally cannot be accelerated and it should not be assumed that you can take summer classes to graduate early. Please e-mail the School of Art advisor to discuss the particulars of transferring to UGA. We can help you make the most of your credits at your home school and at UGA!