I want to transfer to Mississippi State University. I interested in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.
Apply to Mississippi State University and indicate Art-Undeclared (UART) as your preferred major.
What courses will transfer?
As part of the articulation agreement between Mississippi junior and community colleges and the state’s four-year universities, the following courses will automatically transfer to Mississippi State. A grade of “C” or better is required in each course in order for it to be accepted by the Mississippi State Department of Art:
- ART 1213 Drawing I
- ART 1223 Drawing II
- ART 1123 Design I (2-D)
- ART 1133 Design II (Color)
- ART 1013 Art History I
- ART 1023 Art History II
- ART 1153 3D Design
The department head, a foundations professor, or academic records assistant within the Department of Art may advise the student to retake one or more courses if doing so will improve the student’s technique and/or skill level, and increase their chances of a successful Concentration Portfolio Review. Students are encouraged to submit work for review via our online Submittable site.
To receive transfer credit for art classes not covered by the articulation agreement between Mississippi junior and community colleges, each class must be approved by the coordinator of the area in which the course falls under: foundations, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, painting, ceramics, graphic design, or art history. If the transfer credit is not approved, the student must enroll in the Mississippi State art course in order to receive required credits.
Submission for approval for these courses can also be submitted to our online Submittable site.
Examples of coursework required for portfolio reviews are shown below:
Visit the Mississippi State University Transfer Course Equivalents to check specific courses.
For more information, read Mississippi State’s Articulation Agreement.
Foundation Portfolio Review Requirements
All art majors are required to participate in the Foundation Portfolio Review.
For students interested in the fine arts concentration (ceramics, drawing, painting, Printmaking, or sculpture emphases), the Foundation Portfolio Review will take place in the spring semester of each year. The review is a faculty evaluation of student work from a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in the following courses: Drawing I, Drawing II, Design I, Design II, 3-D Design, and Introduction to Computing for Art. The Foundation Portfolio Review will result in an "accept" or "deny" into the fine arts concentration.
For students interested in the photography concentration, the Foundation Portfolio Review will take place in the fall semester of each year. The review is a faculty evaluation of student work from a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in the following courses: Drawing I, Drawing II, Design I, Design II, 3-D Design, and Photography Survey. The Foundation Portfolio Review will result in an “accept” or “deny” into the photography concentration.
For students interested in graphic design, the Foundation Portfolio Review for entrance into that concentration will take place in the fall semester of each year. The review is a faculty evaluation of student work from a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in the following courses: Drawing I, Drawing II, Design I, Design II, 3-D Design, and Introduction to Computing for Art. The Foundation Portfolio Review will result in an “accept” or “deny” in the graphic design concentration.
Students accepted (by faculty evaluation) into the fine arts, graphic design, or photography concentration may begin the concentration sequence of courses. Students denied may remain in the art program and resubmit a portfolio in the next review. Students cannot pursue a concentration in which they have been denied twice. They will have to choose another concentration in order to pursue a BFA at Mississippi State.
Contact the Department of Art for more information.
What deadlines do I need to know about?
- To be considered for a departmental scholarship, you must fill out the university’s general scholarship application by March 1 (for the following academic year).
- Federal student financial aid applicants looking for grants, loans, and work study should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1st of the fall prior to the year they plan to enroll at MSU. MSU's Federal School Code is 002423.
- State student financial aid applicants (Mississippi residents only) should also submit the online state aid application as soon as possible after January 1st of the year they plan to start school. Many aid programs are available through this application process
How do I apply for scholarships?
In its commitment to recognize outstanding students whose academic credentials confirm their potential for success, Mississippi State University offers scholarships to students with outstanding ACT scores and to National Merit and National Achievement semifinalists and finalists. For more information on MSU scholarships please contact the Office of Admissions and Scholarships:
Each year, the Mississippi State University Department of Art also recognizes student achievement through scholarships and annual awards. These monetary awards are made possible by friends and alumni of the school and are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic standing, and design excellence.
Tuition and Fees
Mississippi State University’s affordable tuition provides an excellent return on your investment, combining competitive costs with the best academics, research, student life, and career preparation.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate degree program has some additional fees required for materials, technology, and laboratory materials that enhance an art student’s education that are automatically assessed to students. The Mississippi State University Department of Art strives is able to offer comparatively low lab fees thanks to support from alumni and friends.
Students also need to purchase a variety of tools and materials to help them succeed in their studio coursework.
The Department of Art requires all incoming art majors to purchase certain technology and equipment necessary for production and presentation of artwork within departmental courses.
Have More Questions?
If you have questions for us, please fill out the form or contact The College of Architecture, Art and Design.