Be aware that applications are not forwarded to the colleges/schools until they are complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that the required transcripts have been sent and received by the university.


Transfer applications are submitted to Visualization under the School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts, which determines if the applicant has met university entrance requirements.

The primary requirements specified in the current university catalog.:

  • Transfer applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point ratio (GPR) on at least 24 graded semester hours of transferable coursework at the time of application to be reviewed for admission.
  • Applicants must have completed MATH 151 and MATH 152 or above.
  • Include a link to your portfolio at the bottom of your essay topic A (please use tinyurl if it is too long). The entire application, including essay topic A, is considered to identify admissible candidates.

Portfolio suggestions and instructions for a still-life exercise.

Applicants who have more than 60 hours are discouraged from applying.

Transfer admission decisions are made by college and major and are competitive; thus, admission standards may change from one semester to another. Preference is given to the applicant with the highest grade-point ratio (GPR) and the most courses completed for the major designated on the application. See the college-specific information for the college of the major for which you applied.

Due to the nature of the studio sequence that cannot be taken at another institution, having more than 30 hours can require additional time to complete coursework.


Applications that meet these requirements are submitted to the individual colleges to determine if the applicant meets any additional admission requirements for a particular degree program.

In Visualization, the number of students admitted is based on the available space and will likely vary each semester.

All applications are reviewed by a committee composed of faculty within Visualization and evaluated based on GPR at the previous institution, coursework in math and science, the written essay and portfolio (if submitted).

After acceptance

Following admission, all transfer students are placed on a 2.5 GPR probation for a minimum of 12 credit hours to substantiate competency in required lower-level courses. Transfer students will be admitted into the college with a lower-level classification (VISL) and may apply for upper-level status upon completion of the requirements for upper level (VIST).

More information is available at the current catalog:

Information concerning the required documents involved in transferring is available at


For domestic student transfers, the application deadlines are:

Term              Opening Date          Closing Date

Fall                  Jan. 2                           March 1

Be aware that applications are not forwarded to the colleges/schools until they are complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that the required transcripts have been sent and received by the university.

For international student transfers, application deadlines are different, as are some admission requirements.

More information is available at the current catalog:

Personal computers

All students entering the program are required to possess a portable, network-ready personal computer. Students desiring financial assistance with their computer purchase can apply through the Financial Aid Office by submitting a “Request for Change to Cost of Attendance” form. Additional information is online at No student will be denied admission to Texas A&M University based on inability to purchase a computer.

Additional details are information relating to computing requirements are available at

Questions & answers

Q: What are my chances to be admitted into the bachelor of science in Visualization program?

A: The number of students admitted is limited by available space and the quality of the applicants. Typically, that number ranges from five to 15 per semester.

Q: What criteria will be used to evaluate my application?

A: A committee composed of Visualization faculty evaluates four criteria: overall GPR, courses taken and grades received in math and science courses, the written essay and an optional (but highly recommended) portfolio.

Q: Is a particular format required for the portfolio?
A: No. Works may be presented in any format. However, it is beneficial to indicate when the work was created, media (if not obvious) and source of inspiration for the work. Original work should not be submitted as the school cannot be responsible for returning the applicant’s work.

Q: If acceptance is denied, can I reapply next semester?

A: Yes. As the number of openings, number of applicants and the quality of applicants varies each semester, you may reapply as often as you wish.

Q: Since I have taken a normal course load each semester, will I be able to graduate in four years?

A: The answer depends on the courses you have taken, and the number of hours applied toward the bachelor of science in Visualization degree. The sequence of studio courses generally dictates the length of time to complete the degree. While each studio is not offered each semester, VIST 205, 206, 305 and 405 are typically provided during the summer for students that desire to accelerate graduation.

Q: Should I try to complete all the core curriculum requirements prior to applying to Texas A&M University?

A: No. The time spent finishing the bachelor of science in Visualization degree is governed by the sequence of studio courses, not by the number of hours remaining. The sequence of studios generally dictates the length of time to complete the degree, which requires eight consecutive semesters of studios (beginning with catalog 144). However, upper-level studios are offered during the summer, which allow the student to compress that time frame from eight semesters to six, or three years, by taking summer courses. The program courses and organization have more information about the layout of the curriculum.

Q: The university classifies me as a junior. Does that mean I should study away immediately?

A: No. Visualization refers to the students’ “class” based on the studio they are in. Therefore, you could have junior or even senior hours and still be referred to as a member of the freshman class.