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Transfer Students

Did you know that nearly half of all Marymount Interior Design graduates began their undergraduate education at another institution? The Interior Design department and Office of Undergraduate Admissions are committed to making your transfer to Marymount as smooth as possible. 

Articulation Agreements

MU’s articulation agreements with local community colleges and accommodating transfer policies ensure that you’ll get the credit you deserve for your prior academic work.

Transfer/Placement Portfolio

The interior design placement portfolio helps us assess your ability to succeed in upper level interior design courses at Marymount University. If you are transferring interior design coursework from another institution, you may need to submit a portfolio. 

Transfer credit for the following courses requires a placement portfolio showing examples of work completed in college-level studio courses.

  • ID 102 Foundation Studio I 
  • ID 121 Freehand Drafting 
  • ID 122 Sketching & Rendering for Ideas
  • ID 203 Foundation Studio II 
  • ID 204 Foundation Studio III 
  • ID 223 Presentation Drawings

Portfolio Deadlines

Students seeking transfer credit for interior design courses should review the following deadlines. Portfolio instructions are included in the FAQ at the bottom of this page.
  • Fall start: May 15 + August 1
  • Spring start: December 1

Portfolio Submission

Students may submit digital or physical portfolios:
  • Digital Portfolios: Students should upload digital portfolios using this form. Once you have uploaded your portfolio, contact Prof. Doug Seidler for a transfer advising appointment.
  • Physical Portfolios: Contact Prof. Doug Seidler for a transfer advising appointment where you can bring your physical portfolio.

Transfer FAQs

How many credits can I transfer to Marymount?

Answer
Marymount University  will accept a maximum of 64 credit hours from freshman- and sophomore-level courses and an additional 20 credit hours from junior- or senior-level courses. Marymount generally accepts credits for courses completed with a grade of C or higher at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. For more details on our current transfer policies, see the Marymount University Undergraduate Catalog. 

How many interior design credits can I transfer to Marymount?

Answer
In total, students may transfer a maximum of 33 Interior Design credits for courses completed with a grade of C or higher at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education.

Do I need to submit a placement portfolio?

Answer
The interior design placement portfolio helps us assess your ability to succeed in upper level interior design courses at Marymount University. If you are transferring interior design coursework from another institution, you may need to submit a portfolio.

The following courses (15 credits) do NOT require a placement portfolio.

Students may receive transfer credit for the following Marymount Interior Design courses by earning a C or better in an equivalent course at an accredited institution.
  • FA 103 2D Design (3 credits)
  • FA 104 Color Theory (3 credits)
  • FA 202 Intro to Art History II (3 credits)
  • ID 101 Intro to Interior Design (3 credits)
  • ID 231 Textiles & Finish Materials (3 credits)

The following courses (18 credits) DO require a placement portfolio. 

Interior Design transfer students seeking advanced standing must submit a placement portfolio showing examples of work completed in college-level studio courses for some or all of the following ID course requirements:
  • ID 102 Foundation Studio I 
  • ID 121 Freehand Drafting 
  • ID 122 Sketching & Rendering for Ideas
  • ID 203 Foundation Studio II 
  • ID 204 Foundation Studio III 
  • ID 223 Presentation Drawings

What should I include in my placement portfolio?

Answer
The placement portfolio will highlight a student’s ability to succeed in Junior level Interior Design courses at Marymount University. The placement portfolio is to be submitted as a physical document or a digital PDF (details are below). 

The portfolio MUST contain the following:
  • At least one projects that represent a student’s strongest work from each course. 
  • At least three rendered, three-dimensional drawings generated for a studio project.
  • Work that demonstrates strong evidence of each competency as described in the portfolio evaluation criteria. 
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