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Off-Campus Transfer

It’s never too late to become a part of the Designlife here at NC State. College students, both domestic and international, who are looking for a premier institution to study design in the context of a larger university in the heart of the Research Triangle need look no further than the NC State College of Design!

Important Dates

  • Nov 1: Application Due for Studio-Based Majors (Including Portfolio and Design Essay for Studio-Based Majors)
  • Late Feb: Decision Notification
  • May 1: Deadline to Accept Admissions to NC State

Studio Based Majors

Architecture (BEDA), Art+Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design

Admission in Fall semester ONLY

Steps to Complete Application:

Application Timeline:

  1. Undergraduate Admissions reviews applicants – for application essentials (GPA, transfer credits, etc.) then sends a list of competitive students to the College of Design.
  2. The College of Design then reviews the student’s 10-piece portfolio and design essay.
  3. Applicants continuing in the review process will be invited to Admissions Review Day in January.
    • Admissions Review Day is a mandatory interview with faculty members or department heads. This part of the admission process is typically held on a Saturday in late January. Applicants will be notified in December if they have been selected and will receive detailed information at that time.
  4. Final admissions notifications will be sent late February.
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Non-Studio Based Majors

Design Studies

Admission in Fall and Spring semesters
No portfolio required.

Steps to Complete Application:

  • Apply via the Common Application or Coalition Application by the Undergraduate Admissions deadlines.
    • We HIGHLY recommend that you put a second-choice major. If you are not selected for your first choice major, you could be under consideration for your second choice major. Your second choice major cannot be another studio-based major and should be something that interests you.
  • Activate your personal wolfPAW account and complete the University required checklist.

Bachelor of Architecture (5th Year)

Deadline: January 5

This is a one-year professional degree program and not available for recent high school graduates nor for college transfers (please see the BEDA program requirements if you are applying from high school or transferring into architecture).

Applications to this program from graduates of other comparable four-year pre-professional programs in architecture are welcome. Admission requirements include prerequisite courses that must be included in the applicant’s undergraduate program. A transcript review will identify any prerequisite deficiencies. If accepted to the program, the applicant will be advised regarding how to comply with the prerequisite requirements.

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