Continuing Education Academic Credit Policies
In the case of studio courses, a credit is deﬁned as a total of 30 hours of class time. Most School of Art & Design courses are studio courses (indicated by the letter S preceding the course number). In the case of academic courses, the University deﬁnes a credit as a total of 15 hours of class time. For more information on credit hours, please refer to Suffolk University's credit hour definition.
Applying Credits toward BFA or Certiﬁcate RequirementsCourses taken by Continuing Education students may later be applied toward BFA or Graphic Design certiﬁcate requirements, provided the student has applied to and been accepted into the designated program. A maximum of 30 credits can be applied toward the BFA programs and a maximum of nine credits for the Graphic Design certiﬁcate. In both cases, a tuition differential will be applied. Only credit-bearing courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned may be applied; credits awarded will be considered transfer credits.
Please note: While individuals may elect to take additional courses as Continuing Education students, credits earned beyond the above stated transfer maximums cannot be applied toward certiﬁcate or degree requirements.
Waiving Master’s Program Preparatory RequirementsCourses taken as a Continuing Education student earn undergraduate credit only and are therefore not directly applicable to graduate programs. However, undergraduate credits earned as a Continuing Education student can later be used to waive the undergraduate-equivalent preparatory coursework required in the MA programs. Please note: Students planning on matriculating into the Master’s of Interior Architecture program should not take Construction Documents (ADI S372) nor Interior Marketing and Contracts (ADI 384) as CE students.
Please note: Under no circumstances may credits taken by Continuing Education students be applied toward the course requirements (30 credits at the 700-level or above) of our master’s programs.