The Photography Department works with students individually at Orientation to transfer in as many previous courses as possible, while also making sure that the student is placed at the correct level in the program.
Any photography course where a student shoots and develops photographs or works digitally with photographs requires a portfolio review and/or exam before the course can be transferred. (Please see Portfolio Review Requirements) These portfolio reviews and exams are not meant to judge a student or their work, but to ensure that they experienced the same level of instruction that we offer at Columbia.
Photography Lecture, Art, and Design courses are typically transferred in without a review before orientation. Examples of these courses are: History of Art I, History of Art II, History of Photography I, History of Photography II, 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Drawing I, Ceramics I, etc.
If a course is not accepted as equivalent to a course at Columbia, the transfer course will count as a College-Wide Elective (CWE). Occasionally courses can count as Photography Electives, especially for BFA students. Once you begin your coursework at Columbia you may schedule an appointment with the Academic Coordinator in Photography, Jenn Jones, to review any transfer courses.