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Transfer Students

Prospective transfer students (also known as external transfer students) are intending to apply, or already have applied, to the University of Maryland and are interested in Immersive Media Design. The first step for prospective transfer students is to review the university transfer requirements through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer students who intend to apply to Immersive Media Design will apply to the University of Maryland and indicate their major as either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Immersive Media Design. Immersive Media Design is a limited enrollment program at the University of Maryland and students are required to meet the gateway requirements to be directly admitted to their degree program of choice.

The Bachelor of Arts in Emerging Creatives focuses on design and concept exploration from an aesthetic and artistic frame. Students take the same core sequence of art courses as Studio Art majors while taking computing courses in understanding and coding digital media.

The Bachelor of Science in Computing focuses on the technical foundations that underpin immersive media projects and software. Students take the same core sequence of courses as Computer Science majors while taking art courses in design and digital media. For students admitted to the University of Maryland in Fall 2024 or later, the gateway requirements have changed.


A minimum GPA of 2.7 in all courses taken (UMD and other institutions) is required for internal and external transfer students.

  • Completion of ARTT100 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of ARTT110 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of IMDM127 with a minimum grade of C-

Additionally, in the semester in which students take IMDM227, a portfolio will be submitted consisting of documentation or examples of selected artistic, digital media and computing projects. Students must also include a statement of interest in the major. Based on a review of this portfolio students will be invited to continue in the major. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses is required at this time.

A minimum GPA of 2.7 in all courses taken (UMD and other institutions) is required for internal and external transfer students.

  • Completion of IMDM101 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of CMSC131 or CMSC133 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of CMSC132 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of MATH140 with a minimum grade of C-

Additionally, in the semester in which students take IMDM227, a portfolio will be submitted consisting of documentation or examples of selected artistic, digital media and computing projects. Students must also include a statement of interest in the major. Based on a review of this portfolio students will be invited to continue in the major. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses is required at this time.

Students who matriculated to the University of Maryland in Fall 2024 or later, will be required to complete the below gateway requirements.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken (UMD and other institutions) is required for internal and external transfer students.

  • Completion of IMDM101 with a minimum grade of B-
  • Completion of CMSC131 or CMSC133 with a minimum grade of B-
  • Completion of CMSC132 with a minimum grade of B-
  • Completion of MATH140 with a minimum grade of B-

Additionally, in the semester in which students take IMDM227, a portfolio will be submitted consisting of documentation or examples of selected artistic, digital media and computing projects. Students must also include a statement of interest in the major. Based on a review of this portfolio students will be invited to continue in the major. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses is required at this time.

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