Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz screens for transfer major preparation in about half of its undergraduate majors. See for further details.

In addition to the screening majors, several other majors have additional requirements. Also, many other majors at UCSC require specific major preparation for transfer students. Please see the UCSC Major Pages for more information.


Junior-level applicants must pass a portfolio review (held in early April). Students must identify themselves as potential Art majors when applying to UC in order to receive details on the portfolio review. This information is sent in early February. Admission to UC Santa Cruz does not guarantee that a student will pass the portfolio review, and passing the portfolio review does not guarantee UCSC admission. Visit the Art Department website for details.

Students are advised to complete all three of their lower-division studios at community college, in addition to studios in their area of interest, to be able to submit a high-level portfolio. Students who do not pass the portfolio review will not be eligible to take art classes at UC Santa Cruz during the academic year and must pursue another major. Applicants will know the results of the portfolio review before they have to submit their Statement of Intent to Register to the Admissions Office.

All junior transfer students will be required to take Art 194, Forms and Ideas, in lieu of the freshman foundation program requirements.

  • Students who are interested in the art major must complete at least three lower-division studio courses in three different areas of concentration (comparable to those offered at UCSC and approved on, in addition to studios in their area of interest, to be able to submit a high-level portfolio. Students must submit the art portfolio application by the deadline on the application and pass this review conducted by the Art Department.
  • This review is held in April for fall admission. Students submit 15-20 quality images on a website or photo sharing site, image inventory sheet, a written statement, and unofficial transcripts. Do not send CDs, photographs, or actual work. They will not be viewed nor will they be returned to you if sent. More information on how to submit materials will be on the application that is sent out.
  • Students must indicate Art as their major on their UC application. The Art Department will then send students a portfolio review application and information on applying to the art major via the student’s e-mail address from the UC application. If the student doesn't receive the information by March 1, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Jude Pipes, to send the student the information.
  • Applicants who do not pass the portfolio review, and are accepted into UCSC will not be allowed to take art classes at UCSC during the fall, winter, and spring quarters and must realize they need to pursue another major if they decide to attend UCSC. Students will be notified of the results of the review before they need to submit their SIR for UCSC.
  • For more complete information on portfolio review requirements and specifications please go to the UCSC Art Department website.

Contact: Art Department, E-104 Baskin Visual Arts, (831) 459-3551.