To be eligible to receive transfer credit you must:
1. Attach a PDF document that includes syllabi or catalog descriptions for each of the courses that you wish to transfer
2. Upload high quality images of the work that was created in each course, you must have a minimum of 75% of the coursework from each course.
3. Label your art work files according to this example: lastname_course_piece#.jpg, ex. jones_painting_piece3.jpg

Images in your transfer portfolio should show your artwork in the best possible light. Photograph your artwork on a neutral background under even light - no dark shadows or extreme highlights. Images should be a minimum file size of 72dpi.

To receive transfer credit each class must be approved by the coordinator of the area in which the course falls under: Foundations, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Graphic Design, or Art History. If the transfer credit is not approved, the student must enroll in the MSU Art course in order to receive required credits.

To view MSU student work from each course click here:

As part of the Articulation Agreement between Mississippi Junior and Community Colleges and the state’s four-year universities, the following courses will automatically transfer. A grade of “C” or better is required in each course in order for it to be accepted by the Department of Art:

  • ART 1213 Drawing I
  • ART 1223 Drawing II
  • ART 1123 Design I (2-D)
  • ART 1133 Design II (Color)
  • ART 1013 Art History I
  • ART 1023 Art History II
  • ART 1153 3D Design.

The Foundations Coordinator may advise the student to retake one or more courses, if doing so will improve the student’s technique and/or skill level, and increase their chances of a successful Concentration Portfolio Review.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process please contact:

Neil Callander

Assistant Professor of Art
Foundations Coordinator

Nicole Jackson 
Academic Records Assistant

The Photography portfolio review is for students entering the Department of Art’s Photography concentration at Mississippi State University.  Students must have completed 18 studio hours. Must have completed ART 2103: Photography Survey.

The Photography Portfolio Review is an evaluation of the student’s artwork by the Photography Faculty after completion of the following classes in the Department of Art BFA Program (or their transferred equivalent): Design 1, Drawing 1, Design 2, Drawing 2, 3D Design, and Photography Survey.  All courses listed above must be completed at the close of the submission deadline of DEC 10th.

Students can start downloading imagery starting December 1st and make changes until midinght of December 10th.

Passing the review is a requirement to enter the Photography concentration. 


1.     Complete the Photography Review application on Submittable.

2.     A statement of intent, one to two pages in length, indicating why you wish to pursue a BFA in Photography. 

3.     Ten (10) – Photographs (color or black and white)

4.     One  (1) – Basic drawing that shows knowledge of light and form.

5.     Two (2) – Design 1 projects demonstrating quality composition.

6.     Two (2) – Design 2, Drawing 2, or Painting Survey projects showing a clear understanding of the use of color.

7.     One to three (1 to 3) – images of any media showing creativity and a unique vision.

8.     Include a PDF of Grade, Semester, Year, Instructor and School each ART Foundation class taken.


Naming Conventions for foundation examples: Last name_Foundation Class. Jpg.

Example: gootee_design2.jpg

Naming Conventions for photography examples: Last name_title. Jpg.

Example: gootee_MomSleeping.jpg

File formats include: jpg, tiff, pnd, mp4, pdf and doc.  Images should be a minimum file size of 72dpi.

Students can start downloading imagery starting December 1st and make changes until midinght of December 10th.

Mississippi State University Department of Art