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Fall 2022 Transfer Major Specific Requirements - COTA

These criteria will be used for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Transfer admission consideration only.
Admission criteria are subject to change for future admission cycles. See ASSIST to determine the courses offered at California institutions which will satisfy the specific course requirements.

College of the Arts

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All transfer students must declare a major when submitting their application. Review Transfer Application and Admissions eligibility for details.  To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details.

How will students be considered for admission?

  • Except for "Highly Impacted" majors, CSU eligible applicants who are considered   "local"  based on their high school of graduation or their military veteran status will be offered admission if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation.
  • For local applicants who apply to a highly impacted major, their cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be increased by 0.1 during the admissions process. This ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied to the competitive ranking and departmental review for admissibility to a highly impacted program.
  • Other CSU eligible applicants who have met the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and the minimum required lower division preparation will be admitted on a space available basis based on their cumulative GPA and the additional preparation courses completed if specified in the criteria.
  • If space is available after all students meeting the minimum major GPA and preparation have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum major preparation will be considered.
  • Students admitted to the major who have not completed the additional recommended transfer requirements or the additional CSULB requirements must complete them in their first year at CSULB.

BE AWARE:  For Spring term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) recipients: The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) curriculum is used in lieu of the major specific degree requirements. We strongly encourage students to complete both the recommended and required courses as CSULB remains highly competitive in our admissions process. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied in the ranking of applicants. Please see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for a complete list of requirements and additional information on how the ADT will be used in the competitive ranking process.

 

Art (Option in Ceramics) 

B.F.A. Option in Ceramics

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

ART 181 Foundation Drawing

ART

251A

Introduction to Ceramic Arts: Handbuilding

ART

251B

Introduction to Ceramic Arts: Wheel Throwing

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Art (Option in Drawing & Painting and Illustration/Animation)

B.F.A. Option in Drawing & Painting and Illustration/Animation

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

ART 181 Foundation Drawing

ART

184

Foundation Life Drawing

ART

287

Introduction to Painting

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Art (Option in Photography)

B.F.A. Option in Photography

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

ART 181 Foundation Drawing

ART

241

Introduction to Photography

 

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Art (Option in Printmaking)

B.F.A. Option in Printmaking

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

ART 181 Foundation Drawing

ART

184

Foundation Life Drawing

ART

149 or

241

Foundation Computer Art or 

Introduction to Photography

ART

132 or

270 or

287

Foundation of Color Theory or

Introduction to Printmaking or 

Introduction to Painting 

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Art (Option in Sculpture) 

B.F.A. Option in Sculpture

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

ART 181 Foundation Drawing

ART

261 Introduction to Life Sculptures: From the Figure to the Body
ART

263

Introduction to Sculpture/4D

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Art (Option in 3-D Media) 

B.F.A. Option in 3-D Media

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

ART 181 Foundation Drawing

ART

263 Introduction to Sculpture/4D
ART

287

Introduction to Painting

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Art (Option in Studio Art) 

B.A. Option in Studio Art

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. 

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics


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Art (Option in Graphic Design)

B.F.A. Option in Graphic Design

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5: 

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

ART

181

Foundation Drawing

ART

223

Introduction to Typography

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Art (Option in Art History/Art Education)

B.A. in Art with Option Art History or Art Education

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History: Prehistory-c. 1500, Middle East, North Africa, Europe

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Dance (B.A. & B.F.A.)

Dance is a highly impacted major.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NONE

N/A

N/A


Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communcation
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

DANC

112A

Intermediate Modern Dance

DANC

114A

Intermediate Ballet


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Dance Science

Dance is a highly impacted major.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.25:

Course Number

Course Title

BIOL

207

Human Physiology

BIOL 208 Human Anatomy


Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communcation
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

DANC

112A

Intermediate Modern Dance

DANC

114A

Intermediate Ballet

 

Design 

Design B.A. or Industrial Design B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following.  Applicants to the BFA or BS programs must also receive a positive recommendation from a panel of faculty jurors following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant.  Applicants do NOT submit portfolios until all lower division Design coursework (100 and 200 level) has been completed.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major Preparation Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5

Course Number

Course Title

DESN

120A

Fundamentals of Design 

DESN

120B

Fundamentals of Design 

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Design (Option in Interior Design)

 

B.F.A in Interior Design 

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following.  Applicants to the BFA or BS programs must also receive a positive recommendation from a panel of faculty jurors following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant.  Applicants do NOT submit portfolios until all lower division Design coursework (100 and 200 level) has been completed.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major Preparation Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5

Course Number

Course Title

DESN

120A

Fundamentals of Design 

DESN

120B

Fundamentals of Design 

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Film & Electronic Arts (Option in Narrative Production)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to the Option in Narrative Production must also submit a portfolio that is approved by a department faculty review committee.  Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

Please Note: Applications to the Option in Narrative Production are only accepted in the Fall Semester.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Complete one of the
following two courses: 

 

 

ART

110

Introduction to the Visual Arts

AH

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

Complete a minimum of two
of the following five courses:

 

 

FEA

205

Film History

FEA

206

History of Broadcasting

FEA

207

Introduction to Screenwriting

FEA

299

Media Aesthetics

FEA 208 Introduction to Film Production

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Film & Electronic Arts (Option in Theory/Practice of Cinema)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Complete one of the
following two courses: 

 

 

ART

110

Introduction to the Visual Arts

AH

111B

Foundation Art History: c.1300-present, Europe and the United States

Complete a minimum of two
of the following five courses:

 

 

FEA

205

Film History

FEA

206

History of Broadcasting

FEA

207

Introduction to Screenwriting

FEA

299

Media Aesthetics

FEA 208 Introduction to Film Production

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Music (B.A. & B.M.)

Music is a highly impacted major.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

 

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NONE

N/A

N/A


Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communcation
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

MUS

190

Listener's Approach to Music


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Theater Arts

B.A. with options in Theatre Arts or Technical Theatre

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):
 

Major Preparation Courses 

Course Number

Course Title

THEA

114A

Fundamentals of Acting

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Theater Arts B.F.A. Acting

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major preparation courses:

Applicants must earn a “C” or better, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following suite of courses:

Major Preparation Courses 

Course Number

Course Title

THEA 112 Beginning Voice and Speech

THEA

114A

Fundamentals of Acting

Two units of THEA 140 Theatre Arts Activity

Six Units From 

Course Number

Course Title

THEA 142 Elementary Stagecraft

THEA

146 Costume Crafts
THEA 148 Stage Lighting
THEA 271 Stage Management

If students are enrolled in requirements at the time of the audition, they may audition with a signed Grade In-Progress form from the instructors of the in-progress courses.

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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