Application Requirements for Visual and Performing Arts Majors

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Along with an application for undergraduate admission, most of our visual and performing arts programs will require an audition or portfolio for entry. Below, you’ll learn more about additional requirements to apply to Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and the Linehan Artist Scholars program.

Ready to Apply as Music Major?

The Department of Music offers B.A. degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education (instrumental and choral), music performance (instrumental and vocal), and music technology, and minor in music.
How to be considered for a music major:
Step 1: Apply to UMBC via the CommonApp and select music as your major.  Here’s how to apply as a first-year or transfer student. 
Step 2: Submit your music-specific pre-screening materials via Acceptd, a web-based application service. 

  • Please note that you will be required to submit an additional $30 application fee with your materials. 

Step 3: Auditions: The Department of Music performance major auditions are by invitation, based upon pre-screening materials submitted. You will be notified by email to schedule an audition. Audition dates:

  • Saturday, Nov 7, 2020 (standard and scholarship auditions)
    Pre-screen deadline: Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 
  • Friday, Jan 22, and Saturday, January 23, 2021 (standard and scholarship auditions)
    Pre-screen deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021  (standard and scholarship auditions)
    Pre-screen deadline: Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021
  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 (transfer student auditions only)
    Pre-screen deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021

First-Year students applying to UMBC for Early Action are advised to audition in November. Applicants interested in auditioning for the Linehan Artist Scholars program, or other talent-based scholarships, are required to audition in November or January.

Ready to Apply as Dance Major?

The Department of Dance offers a B.A. degree program in dance, a minor in dance, and an education certificate in dance. 
How to be considered for a dance major:
Step 1: Apply to UMBC via the CommonApp and select dance as your major. Please note that you will be required to submit a $75 application fee. Here’s how to apply as a first-year or transfer student. 
Step 2: Submit a Video Audition: Class placement and scholarship auditions for incoming first-year and transfer dance majors entering UMBC in Spring/Fall 2021 will be through recorded videos submitted via Acceptd.

  • Please note that you will be required to submit an additional $30 application fee with your video audition submission.
  • Audition submission deadlines are:
    • November 8, 2020 (class placement and scholarship auditions)
    • January 15, 2021 (class placement and scholarship auditions)

First-year students applying to UMBC for Early Action are advised to upload their audition materials in November.

Ready to Apply as Visual Arts Major?

The Department of Visual Arts offers B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs in visual arts with concentrations in animation, art history and museum studies, cinematic arts, intermedia, photography, and print media, a B.F.A. degree program in design, and minors in art history & museum studies, cinematic arts, photography, and print media. 
Step 1: Apply to UMBC via the CommonApp and select visual art as your major. Please note that you will be required to submit a $75 application fee. Here’s how to apply as a first-year or transfer student. 
Step 2: Submit a portfolio: UMBC applicants who plan to major in visual arts with a studio concentration (animation, cinematic arts, graphic design, intermedia, photography, print media) must submit a portfolio. Students pursuing visual arts with a concentration in art history and museum studies do not need to submit a portfolio.

  • The portfolio application consists of an artist statement, a portfolio including six to eight pieces of the applicant’s creative work, and an itemization of submitted artwork. All portfolio applications must be submitted online via SlideRoom.
    • Please note that there is a $10 application fee payable during the online process.
  • Portfolio review dates are: 
    • October 2, 2020
    • January 8, 2021
  • After the October and January review dates, all portfolios will be reviewed on a rolling basis. After the October and January deadline, all portfolios should be submitted by the first Friday of every month. Applicants are notified of decisions three weeks after the deadlines. Please note there will be a blackout period from May to August, where no portfolios will be reviewed.

Students who are interested in being considered for the Linehan Artist Scholars program, a Fine Arts Award or other merit scholarships must submit their online portfolios in advance of the January review date.

Ready to Apply as Theatre Major?

The Department of Theatre offers a B.A. degree program in theatre with a concentration in either theatre studies or design and production, a B.F.A. degree program in acting, and a minor in theatre.
How to be considered for a theatre or acting major:
Step 1: Apply to UMBC via the CommonApp and select theatre as your major. Please note that you will be required to submit a $75 application fee. Here’s how to apply as a first-year or transfer student. 
Step 2: Students who are applying for the B.F.A. degree program in acting are required to audition. Auditions for Spring/Fall 2021 will be held virtually via livestream or submission of pre-recorded videos. Students who are applying for the B.A. degree in theatre have no audition requirement, however, a portfolio and interview process is available for scholarship consideration.  

  • Audition submission deadlines are: 
    • November 14, 2020 
    • January 23, 2021 (Linehan Scholar Applicants Only)
    • February 13, 2021 
    • August 28, 2021 

First-year students applying to UMBC for Early Action are advised to audition in November.

Ready to Apply to the Linehan Artist Scholars Program?

Step 1: Complete your first-year application to UMBC by November 1 as a dance, music, theatre, or visual arts major. 
Step 2: Be aware of audition and portfolio review requirements and associated November through January deadlines. See individual program information above for details.
Step 3: The deadline to apply for the Linehan Artist Scholars Program is January 15, 2021.

The Linehan application will require that you have your UMBC Campus ID which will be sent within two business days of submitting your Common Application to UMBC.

Admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance as an arts major, as acceptance is contingent upon a performance/portfolio review. Similarly, a successful audition/portfolio review does not ensure acceptance into the university.

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