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Major Specific Admission Requirements for Transfer:

College of The Arts

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All transfer students must declare a major when submitting their application. Review Transfer Application and Admissions for eligibility and application details. To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details. These criteria will be used for Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016 admission consideration. Admission criteria are subject to change for future admission cycles. See ASSIST to determine the courses offered at California institutions which will satisfy the specific course requirements.

How will students be considered for admission?

  • Except for "Highly Impacted" majors, CSU eligible applicants who are considered "local" based on their high school of graduation or their military veteran status will be offered admission if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation.
  • Other CSU eligible applicants who have met the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and the minimum required lower division preparation will be admitted on a space available basis based on their cumulative GPA and the additional preparation courses completed if specified in the criteria.
  • If space is available after all students meeting the minimum major GPA and preparation have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum major preparation will be considered.
  • Students admitted to the major who have not completed the additional recommended transfer requirements or the additional CSULB requirements must complete them in their first year at CSULB.

BE AWARE: For Fall term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Spring term. For Spring term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.

Transfer AA/AS degree recipients: The Transfer AA/AS degree curriculum is used in lieu of the specific course requirements listed, as well as any additional recommended preparation. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied to the major specific minimum GPA and to any GPA used in the ranking of applicants. See Transfer AA/AS degree for additional requirements.

Major Specific Criteria

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ART (B.A. in Art with Option in Studio Art and all Department of Art BFA options)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
    • AH 111A Foundation Art History I
    • AH 111B Foundation Art History II
    • ART 130 Foundation Two-Dimensional
    • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Art Department for more information on this major.

ART (B.A. in Art with Option Art History or Art Education)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of  3.0:
    • AH 111A Foundation Art History I
    • AH 111B Foundation Art History II
    • ART 130 Foundation Two-Dimensional
    • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Art Department for more information on this major.

DANCE (B.A. and BFA) - Highly Impacted Major

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • None
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • DANC 112A Intermediate Modern Dance
  • DANC 114A Intermediate Ballet

Explore the Dance Department for more information on this major.

DESIGN (B.A., Interior Design BFA or Industrial Design B.S.)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following.  Applicants to the BFA or BS programs must also receive a positive recommendation from a panel of faculty jurors following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant.  Applicants do NOT submit portfolios until all lower division Design coursework (100 and 200 level) has been completed.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • DESN 120A Fundamentals of Design
    • DESN 120B Fundamentals of Design
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Design Department for more information on this major.

FILM AND ELECTRONIC ARTS

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to the Option in Narrative Production must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • ART 110 – Introduction to the Visual Arts; or AH 111B – Foundation Art History II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Film and Electronic Arts Department for more information on this major.

MUSIC (B.A. and BM) - Highly Impacted Major

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • None
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • MUS 190 – Listener’s Approach to Music

Explore the Music Department for more information on this major.

THEATRE (B.A. in Theatre, Theatre Performance or Technical Theatre)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 effective Fall 2015 (2.0 for Spring 2015 only)

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • THEA 114A – Fundamentals of Acting
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • THEA 142 – Elementary Stagecraft; or THEA 144 – Stage Makeup; or THEA 146 – Costume Crafts; or THEA 148 – Stage Lighting

Explore the Theatre Department for more information on this major.