NMC Transfer Guide

To: Kendall College of Art and Design - Main Campus

Program: Art

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is a four-year college which grants the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sixteen (16) majors: Art Education, Collaborative Design, Digital Art & Design, Drawing, Fashion Studies, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Medical Illustration, Metals/Jewelry Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/Functional Art, and grants the Bachelor of Science degree in Art History. Kendall is one of only two colleges in Michigan, and the only one on the western side of the state, devoted solely to offering a degree in areas of fine art and design.

ADmission Criteria

  1. Students must have at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Applying to most majors at KCAD requires a portfolio review for admission.
  3. All courses must be a 2.0 or higher to transfer.
  4. If MTH 111 or higher and ENG 111 are both taken, then ACT or SAT are not required.
  5. KCAD provides general transfer information, for specific, course to course evaluation, please contact Kendall. Find transfer credit information here.
  6. Transfer of studio credits are subject to faculty approval by means of a Studio Credit Evaluation. A student must demonstrate competence in technique, conceptualization, and problem solving by submitting a portfolio of work from the studio course in question which will be evaluated by a designated faculty. This process can be initiated through the KCAD Registrar Office.
  7. All students must earn at least half of their studio major at Kendall.
  8. Students should contact and visit Kendall as early in their academic career as possible.
  9. For further information, contact Kendall at (800) 676-2787.


The following courses will not lead to an Associate degree from NMC. It is recommended you transfer to Kendall as early in your academic career as possible due to the major requirements.

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111

English Composition



ART 111 & 112

Art History 1 & 2


Any Philosophy (PHL) Group 1 class (PHL 101 preferred)


Choose one (1) additional class from the following departments:

ART (not studio classes); BUS 155 (=Narrative Studies at KCAD), ENG Literature (Including 112), FRN, GRM, MUS (not studio classes), HUM, PHL or SPN.



Choose one science class w/lab or one math class from the following departments: AST, BIO, CHM, ENV, MTH or PHY. An NMC Social Science class that counts as a science is GEO 105/105L.
If a math department class is chosen it must be MTH 111 Intermediate Algebra, MTH 121 College Algebra or above.


Social Science

Choose one class from the following departments: ECO, GEO (101, 108, 109), HST, PLS, PSY or SOC


Additional General Education Classes


Choose one additional class from Humanities, Science/Math or Social Science choices above.


Four additional general education classes will be taken at Kendall.

Major And Additional Requirements

  • Studio courses as determined by Kendall
  • Portfolio review


*KCAD will consider for admission any transfer student no matter the number of credits they've completed. HOWEVER, the KCAD Transfer Scholarship requires transfer applicants to have completed at least 24 transferable credits with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.3. To apply for this scholarship, transfer applicants need only complete an admission application--which includes submitting college transcripts. Please note: the deadline for this scholarship is mid-way through the semester. If a transfer applicant completes the admissions process (and is accepted) WHILE they are in the process of completing those 24 transferable credits, they may petition the KCAD Financial Aid Office for reconsideration once their final grades have been posted (an updated transcript will be required).

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated Summer 2023