Applying as a Transfer Student

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 Professor conducts a critique for students in the studio
As a professor looks on, a student gestures to her project
 A birdseye view of students and faculty discussing sketches and models in the atrium

Transfer Application Process

A limited number of design studio spaces are available each year to students entering the Department of Architecture + Interior Design. In addition, some students decide they would like to change majors after they have been in college for a semester or a year. Besides the normal admission process, there are alternative routes by which students may seek admission to a major in Architecture or Interior Design.

“Creative Arts Undeclared” Option

Students who are admitted to Miami but were not accepted into the Department of Architecture + Interior Design may enroll under a special option called Creative Arts Undeclared.

Suggested Coursework to Help Build Portfolio

Fall Semester

  • ARC 105 Introduction to Architecture (3)
  • ART 111 Design and Composition (3)* or ART 121 Observational Drawing (3) or beginning studio course: ART 140, 147, 149, 155, 160, or 165 (1.5)
  • ARC 113 Graphic Media I (2) Instructor permission required; please speak to a CCA advisor
  • ARC 107 Global Design (3) or ARC 188 Ideas in Architecture (3) MP
  • ARC 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (3) MP
  • ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3) MP or other MP course (3)
  • Miami Plan Foundation IV course (3)

*This course has special computer requirements; consult an art advisor

Spring Semester

  • ARC 107 Global Design (3) or ARC 188 Ideas in Architecture (3) MP
  • ARC 114 Graphic Media II (2) if completed ARC 113 in fall
  • ARC 222 History of Architecture II (3) MP
  • ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3) MP or other MP course (3)
  • Miami Plan Foundation IV course (3-4)

A strong academic record and portfolio, developed during the first year, become the basis for admission into Architecture + Interior Design programs.

Students Transferring from Other Majors at Miami University

Students sometimes transfer from other majors at Miami University. Such students must demonstrate strong academic preparation and a portfolio of design work revealing aptitudes and talents for creativity and design. As soon as possible, Miami internal transfers are urged to take courses such as those listed above in preparation for the portfolio review (see below). A 3.0 GPA in completed coursework is considered minimal for admission to Architecture or Interior Design. A personal visit to the Department of Architecture + Interior Design for an interview is strongly recommended.

Transfers from Other Universities

Students at other universities who wish to transfer, with or without coursework in an architectural or interior design curriculum, must apply for admission to Miami University through the Office of Admission. Such students must demonstrate strong academic preparation and a portfolio of design work revealing aptitudes and talents for creativity and design. A personal visit to the Department of Architecture + Interior Design for an interview is strongly recommended. Students will be notified of admission to the department in the late spring.

Transfer Process

All transfers to the Department of Architecture + Interior Design are decided in the spring term for admission in the fall of the following academic year. Normally, transfer students begin at the first-year studio level. However, students with sufficient background may be admitted to the program as second-year students. Transfer students who begin first-year studio in their second year of college study may, in some cases, be able to accelerate the date of their graduation by one semester.

If you wish to transfer to a major in Architecture or Interior Design, you must take the following steps:

  • Contact the Department of Architecture + Interior Design for an in-person or telephone interview.
  • By February 15, submit transfer application and upload portfolio to Slideroom
  • By March 15, you will be contacted and informed of your transfer status. The department may elect to defer final decision on transfer candidates until June 1.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies to the Department of Architecture + Interior Design will be accepted. We are limited by the number of available studio spaces in the first and second year studios. Normally, the department does not accept transfer students at the Junior and Senior class level.

Additional Information

If you have further questions, please call the Department of Architecture + Interior Design at (513) 529-7210, or email arcid@miamioh.edu