Transfer Students

This is where you belong.

Some students transfer to The Art Institute of Houston because of our convenient class schedules that include an online option, or our scholarship and grant opportunities. But many are looking for something else—a more creative, hands-on, and collaborative experience. Whatever your reason, if you’re a high school graduate or you’ve earned your high school equivalency certification (such as the GED®), and you’ve completed at least one semester at an institution of higher learning like ITT Tech, you may be eligible. We’ll help make sure that you transfer all applicable college credits*, so you can avoid repeating courses and be placed appropriately.

GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.
*Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Art Institutes offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by The Art Institutes.

Where do I start?

Contact the Admissions Department at The Art Institute of Houston. They’ll help you work through the process, answer your questions, and provide all the information you need.

Academic Requirements for Transfer Students

You should be in good academic standing at the school you’ve attended. We can’t promise that all your credits will be eligible for transfer, but we’ll review your credits on a class-by-class basis to determine those that correspond to classes in your program.

Documents you will need

  • Application for Admissions
  • 250-word Essay
  • High School Transcript showing proof of graduation
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Transcript Evaluations for International Students (if applicable)

Credit Transfers

Will my credits transfer to The Art Institute of Houston?

Our transfer credit process may award you credit for your previous college-level education. We offer credit for your life experiences and military service. Once we have a copy of your college transcript it will be reviewed to determine the incoming transfer credit. We encourage you to submit all official transcripts for review.

Interschool Transfers

You’ll be considered an interschool transfer student once you complete the quarter at the originating school, and immediately start at your new school following the normal school break. If you have a gap in enrollment, you’ll be considered a new student at the new school. This page covers many of the basic issues involved in transferring from one school to another within The Art Institutes.

Every Art Institutes school has a contact person to help transferring students, usually in the Readmissions Office but in some cases through various other departments.
Credit Transfer Information
Programs offered by one school within The Art Institutes system may be similar, but not identical to, programs offered at another. This is due to differences in state laws, use of different instructional models, and the needs of local employers. Therefore, if you decide to transfer to another school within The Art Institutes system, not all of the credits you’ve earned at your current or prior location may transfer.

In the U.S. higher education system, the receiving institution takes into account such factors as course content, grades, accreditation and licensing when determining transferability of credit.
Financial Issues

Once your account balance is paid in full to The Art Institutes school you are attending, your transcripts will be sent to another school within the system. Payment plans or financial arrangements made with one school may not apply at another. You should discuss your financial status with your Student Financial Services Office before finalizing your transfer status. We recommend that you not relocate until you have a completed Student Financial Plan at your new school.

Steps to a Successful Interschool Transfer
  • Submit a completed withdraw form to the Registrar at your original Art Institutes school. Indicate that you intend to leave at the end of the quarter.
  • Contact the Readmissions department at the school you wish to transfer to and get a Release of Information form; submit that form to the Readmissions department at the school you wish to transfer to before any transfer of information can occur.
  • The necessary items should be faxed to the receiving school within three business days. You may need to follow up with various departments and tie up any loose ends that may delay this process.
  • Complete and return all application materials sent to you by the new school you plan to attend.
  • Register for classes and complete a Financial Plan at your new school.
  • Attend orientation.

Students transferring to a school within The Art Institutes with a "branch" campus relationship with the original school within The Art Institutes: The original school must send the entire file to the new school while keeping a copy of that file.

Students entering an Art Institutes school as a NEW student after having graduated from another school within The Art Institutes: As a courtesy, the Registrar at the original school may send copies of requested academic documents to the new school. The new school should request the original college or high school transcripts or GED® from the previous Art Institutes school attended. The original school should keep a copy of college or high school transcript or GED® in the file with a notation that the original has been forwarded to the "new" school. All other documents should be newly filled out at the intended school. However, if the student has graduated with a bachelor's level degree from the original Art Institutes school, the student need only present his college transcript to show proof of bachelor's degree; proof of high school transcript or GED® is not necessary.

Documents needed from your original Art Institutes school:
  • Application for Admission
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • Your Acceptance Letter
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Your Official Transcript from your original Art Institutes school
  • Financial Aid Transcript
  • Statement from Accounting
Documents needed for your new Art Institutes school:
  • Application for Admission
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • Transcript Evaluations for International Students (if applicable)
  • Final Acceptance Letter
  • High School Transcript showing proof of graduation
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Financial Aid Transcript
  • Statement from Accounting
  • SAP status from SIS certified by the Registrar
  • Clearance statement from Student Affairs regarding student conduct
  • Official Art Institutes transcript


Am I required to submit high school and college transcripts?
Yes, transfer students must submit BOTH an official High School Equivalency or high school transcript AND transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Are my credits transferable to schools outside of The Art Institutes system?
Our programs prepare students for entry-level positions in their field. Therefore, it's unlikely that credits you earn in our schools will be transferable to other schools. We recommend that you speak with the school you plan to transfer to see if your credits from an Art Institutes school will be accepted.

What is the minimum grade for a course that will transfer to an Art Institutes school?
Courses from an accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better are considered for transfer.

Will all General Education credits transfer to another Art Institutes school?
Not necessarily, due to differences imposed by state law, licensing, and accreditation.

Do the grades I earn at another school affect my GPA at The Art Institutes?
No, transfer courses aren’t factored into your GPA.

Is there a residency requirement connected with transferring?
Yes. You need to complete at least the final 25% of your coursework at The Art Institutes school where you will receive your degree.

Can I complete my associate's degree at my current Art Institutes school and then transfer into a bachelor's degree program at another Art Institutes school?
Yes. Remember that the credits accepted for transfer are determined by the receiving school. Due to differences in curricula, accreditation, teaching formats—and based upon the grades you've earned—some credits may not transfer. Before deciding which school you want to transfer to, contact the Dean of Academics at your current school for more information.

Will my credits transfer from one Art Institutes school to another?
Program offerings vary by school and qualifying credits for transfer will be determined by the receiving institution.

Will my ITT Tech credits transfer to The Art Institute of Houston?
To find out if your ITT Technical Institute credits will transfer, set up time to speak with an admissions counselor.

How are military credits from my military service transcript evaluated?
The Art Institutes awards transfer credits based on the military transcripts, the American Council on Education’s recommendations, and how they pertain to your program.

I’m a U.S citizen, but I attended school in a foreign country. Will I need to have my documents evaluated?
English translations and equivalency evaluations must accompany all foreign language documents.

When do I register for my classes?
Academics will meet with you to register for your first term of classes. You’ll be registering yourself for any remaining terms or partnering with your Academic Director.

What are my housing options?
Transfer students have the option of living on or off campus. You can begin this process with your Assistant Director of Admissions.