IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Degree-seeking Transfer Students

Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of 24 or more transferable semester credits at other accredited institutions may apply to be admitted as transfer students.

General Information

Please be sure to note the following guidelines:

  • Transfer students who have not completed college level math or English must take the Accuplacer exam during orientation.
  • If admitted, a student currently on academic probation at another institution will be placed on probation at IAIA.
  • A student under academic or disciplinary suspension at another institution will not be considered for admission to IAIA during the period of suspension.
  • A maximum of 31 semester credits may be transferred toward an Associate Degree, and a maximum of 61 semester credits may be transferred toward a Bachelor Degree.
  • IAIA requires 30 semester credits in residence for an Associate’s Degree and 60 semester credits in residence for a Bachelor’s Degree, at least half of which must be in the student’s major.
  • Grades earned at other colleges are not included in the calculation of the student’s grade point average at IAIA.
  • Courses from accredited post-secondary institutions must be consistent with IAIA’s standards and degree requirements to count toward transfer credit.
  • Only those courses in which a grade of “C” or better (or the equivalent) has been achieved may be transferred.
  • Credits for remedial or developmental courses are not transferable.
  • Transfer credits will not be granted until an official transcript is on file.
  • If admitted to IAIA, a transfer applicant will be admitted to a degree program at the appropriate level as determined by the Registrar’s Office.

Application Requirements

To apply to IAIA, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Application Form (complete online, download the IAIA Admission Application (download file icon, 117.9 KiB) or request form from the Office of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment at 1-800-804-6422)
  2. Enclose a non-refundable $25.00 application fee
  3. Submit official college transcript(s) indicating a minimum of 24 transferable semester credits, plus official high school transcripts or GED, if fewer than 24 transferable semester credits
  4. Provide two Letters of Recommendation, at least one of which must be from a teacher, counselor or community leader
  5. Enclose a Statement of Interest (one page, typed, in 12-point font) addressing the following:
    1. Your educational and life goals, and how The College can help you fulfill them;
    2. An example of a leadership role you held in your community; and
    3. A situation in which you had to overcome adversity.
  6. A portfolio in the intended area of study. An outline of the portfolio requirement follows.

Portfolio Requirements for Application for Admission by Transfer Students

All portfolios contain follow some general requirements and, in addition, particular majors have specific requirements.

Major Program: Creative Writing Portfolio Requirement

  • 15 to 20 pages of original work (poetry, fiction. playwriting or nonfiction)

Major Program: Indigenous Liberal Studies Portfolio Requirements

1,000 word essay including:

  • What you expect to gain through participation in the Indigenous Liberal Studies Program/Native American Studies program
  • What experience you have had as a member of or working for an Indigenous or local community
  • What issues facing Indigenous or local communities seem most important to you

Major Program: Museum Studies Portfolio Requirements

700-word Statement of Interest in the Museum Studies program The statement should include the applicant’s

  • Goals and any special training or previous relevant employment or other experience
  • Current knowledge of the museum/cultural center field
  • The kinds of experiences he/she hopes will be a part of his/her college education
  • Reasons for choosing the Museum Studies degree program

Major Program: Cinematic Arts & Technology Portfolio Requirements

  • Up to five individual films (narrative, documentary, animation or experimental in nature), with a total running time of no more than 20 minutes. Applicants are encouraged to submit work on DVD media when possible, which should be able to be played on a standard DVD player. Applicants must check their work to meet this requirement. Do not send .flv, .swf or Windows Media files. If an applicant’s work is posted on the web, he/she should send the URL(s)as part of the portfolio as well.
  • A short film demonstrating foundational skills and promise toward the program.

Major Program: Studio Arts Portfolio Requirements

A minimum of 10 art pieces related to the applicant’s intended major and created within the past two years.

Preferred submission formats:

  • Slides must be labeled with the applicant’s name, date of work, slide number, and slide key. Slides must be placed in plastic viewing sleeves. Do not send loose transparencies.
  • Electronic media may include digital images of artwork, graphic files, animation, or similar work. Files may be sent on CDs or DVDs. Files must be labeled and the CD or DVD must be labeled.
  • Applicants may also email their files to the Enrollment Coordinator; however, if sending electronic media by email, the applicant must contact the Enrollment Coordinator for submission confirmation.

Also accepted:

  • Two-dimensional pieces, such as drawings, illustrations, design projects, photographs, or watercolors—each identified by name and date on the back—as long as the container in which it is submitted is large and rigid enough to protect the work in transit.

Please do not submit original paintings on stretcher bars.

Please do not submit original three-dimensional pieces, such as jewelry, pottery, or sculpture.


IAIA is not responsible for lost or misdirected items. After review by the Admissions, Committee, IAIA will attempt to return every applicant’s portfolio.

An applicant for transfer to IAIA will present the above requirements at his/her scheduled Admissions Committee meeting. The Admissions Committee will determine the qualifications of the student and officially admit or deny the student acceptance into the major program. If accepted, the student will be assigned a Major Advisor and will file a degree plan with the Registrar’s Office.