Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts

Internal Transfer Admission

The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are intended for students who have interest and talent in both an arts concentration (architecture, art, drama or music) and an academic discipline (computer science, humanities, social sciences or science), and goals that can only be accomplished at the intersection of those disciplines. 

Internal transfer applications are considered every semester, with a deadline of mid-semester break for admission in the following semester. (See below for exceptions.) Along with the application, our internal transfer committee also considers prior semester grades and mid-semester grades for the semester of application. Decisions are sent out in advance of registration for the following semester. 

The application includes an Essay of Interdisciplinary Intent, in which a student explains why they’re interested in the two areas and why they want to combine them. This essay should be brief—12 pages—and specific about both a student’s background in the concentration areas and what their goals are for bringing them together. 

All students applying for internal transfer should plan to meet at least once with a BXA advisor before submitting the application.

Students currently in SCS should consult with their SCS advisor as well as the advisor in the CFA school they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying, and most CFA schools will require either a portfolio review or an audition. These reviews/auditions should be scheduled with the CFA advisor in that school.

Students currently in a CFA School should consult with their CFA advisor as well as the SCS advisor. To apply to BCSA from outside SCS, students must take 15-122, 15-150 and at least one of the 200-level core course (15-210, 15-213, 15-251), earning an average of B or better in those classes. This sequence takes a minimum of two semesters, and most students apply in their sophomore year.

Students currently in Dietrich College should consult with their AAC advisor as well as the advisor in the CFA school they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying, and most CFA schools will require either a portfolio review or an audition. These reviews/auditions should be scheduled with the CFA advisor in that school.

Students currently in a CFA School should consult with their CFA advisor as well as the advisor in the DC department they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying.

Students currently in Mellon College should consult with their MCS advisor as well as the advisor in the CFA school they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying, and most CFA schools will require either a portfolio review or an audition. These reviews/auditions should be scheduled with the CFA advisor in that school.

Students currently in a CFA School should consult with their CFA advisor as well as the advisor in the MCS department they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying.

BXA design only considers applicants currently enrolled in Design.

BXA directing only considers applicants currently enrolled in Drama directing. BXA dramaturgy only considers applicants in the fall semester for spring enrollment. Neither acting nor musical theater are options for BXA drama concentrations [PDF].