Instructions for Transfer Applications

B.F.A. Studio Art

Instructions for Transfer Applications


Step 1:
Visit the NYU Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Applicants page for requirements and an outline of the application process for transfer students.

Step 2:
Submit your Portfolio- Follow the Portfolio Guidelines instructions detailed on the How to Apply page.  

Transfer Credits- After you’re admitted to NYU, you’ll be able to go online to see a preliminary statement of how much credit you’re likely to be awarded. We are not able to assess transfer credits prior to admittance. Please refer to the Transfer Applicants portion of the NYU website for more info. 

Questions about the transfer application process should be directed to Lonnie Woods at


NYU Internal Transfer Applicants

Spring  Start:
University application: November 1
Portfolio Submission: November 1

Summer/Fall Start:
University application: March 1
Portfolio Submission: March 1

External Transfer Applicants

Spring  Start:
University application: November 1
Portfolio Submission: November 1

Summer/Fall start:
University application: April 1
Portfolio Submission: April 1

Your portfolio may arrive any time before the deadline, but will not be reviewed until your application for admission is complete. Portfolios received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

 We suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance of these deadlines. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to prepare your portfolio.
Portfolio Guidelines

Work submitted can be in any style or medium and should show a dedication to and investment in innovation and exploration. Students should select work that best shows their personal styletechnical skillsideas and creative approaches to subject matter and materials.

Online Portfolio Submission Instructions:

  • All components of your portfolio must be submitted through
  •  You must create or log-into Setting up an account is free.
  •  All applicants must pay a $10.00 submission fee.
  •  All portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline.

Portfolio Submission Details

Your portfolio must include:

1. 15-20 images of artwork completed within the last two years, done in any medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, digital art, installation, sound, etc.). Each image/video must contain the work’s title, year completed, medium and size. (ex. Amy's Self Portrait, 2016, Ink and Charcoal on Canvas, 11X14)

Videos can be submitted in addition to, but not in place of, digital images. Videos can be a compilation of various works, but the total running time cannot exceed five minutes. Genres appropriate to video documentation include video art, performance, and kinetic art, NOT documentation of sculptures or exhibitions.

2.  A one-page artist’s statement describing your:

a) goals as an artist;

b) artistic influences, including two contemporary artists who are nationally or internationally recognized (these artists should have created new work within the past 20 years and they should be represented in major art museums and/or art galleries which feature contemporary visual artists);

c) background and interests, including previous art training, and films, literature, or music you enjoy and how they relate to your art work;

d) what you hope to gain from studying in the Studio Art program at NYU.

3.) Transfer Statement: in addition to requirements stated above, transfer applicants should discuss, on a separate sheet, their reasons for transferring, the name and location of the school currently attending, as well as their current class standing- i.e. freshman, sophomore, etc. and submit a transcript of all college-level courses completed (and in progress), with grades received.