Who evaluates Design Department transfer courses?
Approved Design faculty are responsible for Design transfer course equivalency, substitution, or waiver decisions. The Associate Chair of the department is the arbiter in the case of a dispute.

Portfolio review:
Some transfer courses may require a portfolio review to be made equivalent to required major courses.

The portfolio should consist of 15 digital files (a mix of black & white and color), which exhibit a good contrast range, a full tonal range for black & white images, and accurate color. Files should be jpegs at 100dpi that are at least 1500 pixels on the longer side.

Images should demonstrate:

  • An understanding of basic camera controls including shutter speed / time & aperture / depth of field.
  • A basic understanding of the usage of light and space in their images.
  • A basic understanding of framing and composition.
  • A portion of the images should portray a cohesive theme or idea.

In addition, we are unable to articulate transfer credits into the major until a student has been accepted by Columbia College Chicago and their transfer credits have been evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation.

Matt Doherty
Associate Chair

Students are asked to bring:

  • Transcripts
  • Course description or course syllabus
  • Portfolio of course artwork (either digital or traditional)

Courses not requiring a portfolio review will be articulated into the major upon evaluation by the Office of Degree Evaluation and noted on the Transfer Evaluation Report.
All courses that require a portfolio review will be articulated at New Student Orientation. By the end of the portfolio review session you will know what courses will be submitted for an equivalency, substitution, or waiver. Course evaluations will be reflected in your Oasis Advising Guide within 10 days.

Student will receive:
Students are notified via their Columbia email account when an equivalency towards the major is approved.