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Undergraduate Admissions

Visual and Performing Arts

You'll find a supportive community of fellow artists here at UMBC. Explore your options for majors in the visual and performing arts by visiting the program pages listed below.

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program

This is a four-year scholarship, for students who enter UMBC as freshmen with a major in the arts. The Linehan Artist Scholars Program looks for students who distinguish themselves both academically and artistically and who are serious about pursuing their art in a university setting. Scholars are able to explore their artistic endeavors with UMBC’s internationally acclaimed arts faculty. Rigorous academics and challenging coursework prepare artists for success in multiple fields.

Dance Majors

Auditions for scholarships for the dance program are held each February. Students may register to audition in advance by calling 410-455-2179. Auditions are open to all potential UMBC students. However, students who have applied and been accepted to UMBC will be given priority. While the department does not hold special auditions for admission to the major, dance students must maintain good academic standing in their dance courses and must receive a grade of B or better in Intermediate Modern Dance II (the "gateway" course for the major) to continue their studies as a dance major.

Music Majors

In addition to the standard UMBC undergraduate application, all students wishing to major in music must complete a music application form and perform an audition before a faculty committee. Auditions are held each November, February (for scholarship consideration) and April. Information about our audition requirements can be found on the music department Web site or by calling 410-455-2942. The music department offers emphases in instrumental or voice performance, music education, music technology, composition, and jazz performance. As part of the audition process, students planning to pursue the composition emphasis must submit scores for review by the composition faculty; students planning to pursue the technology emphasis must submit a recording sample for review by the technology faculty.

Theatre Majors

All prospective theatre students offered admission to the university enter directly through the B.A. program. Upon successful completion of the first semester of study, interested students may pursue selective admission to the B.F.A. program. Students who are interested in the Linehan Artist Scholars Program, the Fine Arts Award or other merit scholarships, must schedule an audition in February. For more information, contact the theatre department at 410-455-2959 or

Visual Arts Majors

In addition to the standard UMBC undergraduate application, applicants who plan to major in visual arts must submit a portfolio to the Visual Arts Department. Portfolios are submitted digitally in September, October, January (for scholarship consideration), February, and April. For more information contact the Visual Arts Department.

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