Visual and Performing Arts

Special Requirements to Apply for an Arts Program at UMBC

If you’re interested in studying music, visual arts, theatre, or dance at UMBC, please note that there may be some additional steps for entry into the program, ranging from additional applications to portfolio submission and live auditions.

Applying as a Music Major?

How to be considered for a music major:

  • Be sure to select jazz studies, music ed, music performance, or music tech as your major when you complete your Common App for UMBC. 
  • Submit your music-specific pre-screening materials via Acceptd, a web-based application service (please note that there is an additional $30 fee to submit your materials) 
  • 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.

Visual & Performing Arts

November
6
Audition for the Program and Scholarships (Prescreen deadline: October 8, 2021)
January
28
Audition for the Program and Scholarships | Snow Dates are February 11 & 12 (Prescreen deadline: January 7, 2022)
January
29
Audition for the Program and Scholarships | Snow Dates are February 11 & 12 (Prescreen deadline: January 7, 2022)
April
9
Audition for the Program and Scholarships (Prescreen deadline: March 11, 2022)
June
2
Transfer Student Audition (Prescreen deadline: May 6, 2022)

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

Applying as a Visual Arts Major?

How to be considered for a visual arts major:

  • Be sure to select visual arts as your major when you complete your Common App for UMBC. 
  • If you plan to major in visual arts with a studio concentration (animation, cinematic arts, graphic design, intermedia, photography, print media) you must submit a portfolio
  • Students pursuing visual arts with a concentration in art history and museum studies do not need to submit a portfolio.

Visual & Performing Arts

January
7
Portfolio deadline for Linehan Consideration (First-year Only)

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

Applying as a Theatre Major?

How to be considered for a theatre or acting major:

Visual & Performing Arts

November
13
Audition for Early Decision Applicants
January
22
Audition for Transfer Applicants
February
5
Audition for Linehan Artist Scholar Applicants only
March
5
Audition for First-Year and Transfer Students
August
27
Audition for First-Year and Transfer Students

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

Applying as a Dance Major?

How to be considered for a dance major:

  • Be sure to select dance as your major when you complete your Common App for UMBC. 
  • Class placement and scholarship auditions for incoming first-year and transfer dance majors entering UMBC will be through recorded videos submitted via Acceptd.  (please note that there is an additional $30 fee to submit your materials)

Visual & Performing Arts

January
23
In-Person Audition

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

Applicants interested in auditioning for the Linehan Artist Scholars program, or other talent-based arts scholarships, are required to audition in November or January.

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.