Credits earned at NFI may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by NFI. You should obtain confirmation that NFI will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at NFI to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at NFI prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from NFI to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at NFI if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of NFI and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at NFI before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.



The Nashville Film Institute actively greets applicants for admission who have completed similar courses at other institutions. All documents received by The Nashville Film Institute in association with such applications for admission become the property of The Nashville Film Institute and will not be returned to the student. The Nashville Film Institute strives to help applicants obtain their credentials as quickly as possible and will always give full consideration to credits received from other schools.

The following requirements must be met in order for credits to be considered for transfer:

  1. Only courses that have been completed at a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution or evaluated for credit recommendation through a recognized recommendation service 3rd Party (like the American Council on Education (ACE)) will be considered for Transfer of Credit. (The national or regional accrediting organization must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).)
  2. The applicants must have transcripts of courses completed at other institutions that show a passing grade (C or above) for the course(s) the student wishes to transfer.
  3. Applicant must complete a Request Form for Transfer of Previously Earned Credits and pay the $20 Course Audit Fee before credit transfer will be reviewed.
  4. Applicant must include a copy of the course descriptions (including clock hour requirements) from the institution’s catalog of the transferring institution from the year they were attending. For example, if a student began an institution in 1997, then The Nashville Film Institute would require the course descriptions from the Official Catalog.
  5. Although credits may be approved, credits will not actually be granted and documented on the student’s transcript until the student has taken at least 200 clock hours at The Nashville Film Institute and paid the required fees.
    1. Prior to Transfer of Credit Review: $20 Course Audit Fee (non-refundable)
    2. After approval of credits: $10 per clock hour transferred
  6. At least 50% of credits earned in the Cinema Production Program must have been earned through course work completed at The Nashville Film Institute.

Acceptance of credits from another institution is at the sole discretion of the Director of the School. The Nashville Film Institute does not infer, promise or guarantee transferability of credits earned at any other institution. Additionally, students shall not consider the credit earned in The Nashville Film Institute’s programs transferable to any other college, university or school. The decision to accept credit for any other college is at the sole discretion of the school to which that student might want to transfer.

All courses completed at regionally and nationally accredited institutions and accredited post-secondary vocational schools are considered for transfer. The Nashville Film Institute does not accept credit from correspondence schools. Credits earned as quarter, semester, or trimester credit hours are converted to clock hour credit based on lecture, lab and intern hour conversions according to the originating institution’s clock hour conversion standards.

Credit transferred will not be considered in calculation of satisfactory progress or cumulative grade point average.


Credit by Evaluation (ACE)

The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs provides listings of training programs which have been evaluated and approved for College level credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students completing training programs from institutions listed in the guide must have official documentation sent to The Nashville Film Institute for a transfer of credits to be earned through the evaluation method. ACE credits will be identified and documented as “ACE” on the student’s The Nashville Film Institute transcript with a grade of “Pass”.

The following guidelines apply: A maximum of 12 prior clock hour credits may be earned as a result of professional training (i.e. workshops, seminars, licenses, business and professional courses, and other institutionally-sponsored course work). No more than 25% of credits earned in programs that The Nashville Film Institute offers may be earned through the evaluation method. Credits designated vocational by ACE transfer only after completion of 200 clock hour credits of The Nashville Film Institute course work. Credit earned through the evaluation method is not given for credits that have already been earned at The Nashville Film Institute.


Prior Education & Training

The Nashville Film Institute shall accept credit for prior education and training. Upon careful evaluation of prior education and training from any institution, students will be granted credit, and the time for training will be shortened proportionately to the amount of credit granted. Credit must be earned from an accredited post-secondary institution. The courses for which the student is receiving credit must be substantially the same as the equivalent offered by The Nashville Film Institute. Transferred credits are not considered in calculation of the student GPA at The Nashville Film Institute. The Nashville Film Institute will evaluate credits earned through programs taken through a nationally or regionally accredited organization recognized by the USDE.


Appeal Process for Transfer of Credits

A Student who believes that credits from other institutions were not fairly credited towards completion of the program in which he or she is enrolled at The Nashville Film Institute may appeal the decision by sending a Letter of Appeal to the Director of the Institution. The Letter of Appeal should state the reasons he or she believes credits should have been accepted by The Nashville Film Institute. Supporting documentation, including transcripts, should also be provided as part of the Appeal.

A written response will be sent to the student within two weeks of receipt of the Letter of Appeal from the student. This decision is final. No further appeals will be accepted at the Institution. If the student thinks he or she is being treated unfairly or differently than others students, he or she should then follow the complaint procedure in the Catalog.


Credit Transfer Fees & Tuition

Tuition is NOT charged for transfer credits. Tuition is charged each credit taken at The Nashville Film Institute.  The Institution will charge the following fees for transfer credits. These fees must be paid by cash, check or money order and must be paid accordingly. The fees are non-refundable.

  • Transfer Credit Review Fee: $20 (Must be paid before the review)
  • Credit Transfer Fee: $10 per semester clock hour transferred to The Nashville Film Institute