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Explore Every Angle At UMBC

With more than a dozen art majors, you can dive deep into your artistic passions at UMBC. Plus, you can become a certified teacher or get creative and craft your own major through our Individualized Study Program–either way, you’ll be learning alongside other dedicated artists.

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Art Entrepreneurship
  • Art History & Museum Studies
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Dance Performance and Choreography
  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology
  • Photography
  • Print Media
  • Theatre Design & Production
  • Theatre Studies

Take a Tour: A Stellar Place For Creative Practice

An important aspect of studying the arts in preparation for a professional creative career is access to topnotch facilities and equipment. You’ll hone your craft and learn industry practices in our excellent facilities and performing venues. Go ahead and check out our amazing venues, studios and practice spaces,
and workshops.


Take a walk-through, 360-degree tour of our dance studios and performance venues.


Take a walk-through, 360-degree tour of our concert venues, recording studios, and more.


Take a walk-through, 360-degree tour of our theatre venues, rehearsal spaces, scenic and costume shops.

Visual Arts

Take a walk-through, 360-degree tour of our cinema, animation, photography, and design studios.

See Our Students in Action

From sound editing to modern dance and animation to set design, our visual and performing arts students do it all.

At UMBC, You can be an Artist and a Scholar

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship and mentorship program for students who enter UMBC as freshmen with a major in the arts. Linehan Scholars:

  • Receive a scholarship of up to $15,000 (in-state) or $22,000 (out-of-state) per academic year
  • Explore ideas about contemporary concepts in the arts in a first-year seminar
  • Live on campus in a Living Learning Community with artists who share your passion
  • Attend performances and visit museums in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
  • Receive summer research support to study with professional artists across the globe 

Meet Our Faculty

Our diverse, internationally acclaimed faculty are committed to guiding future arts professionals to think independently, work imaginatively, and develop creative responses to the challenges of our times. Here are just a few of the people you'll have the chance to learn from:

Shaness Kemp

Asst. Professor of Dance

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Kemp is a dancer, choreographer and certified Umfundalai teacher whose choreography has been presented at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference.

Dr. Airi Yoshioka

Professor of Violin

A renowned recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, professor Yoshioka is a founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet. She holds degrees from Yale and The Juilliard School.

Chelsea Pace

Asst. Professor of Movement

Pace is a recognized expert in intimacy on stage and screen. A sought-after consultant, she co-authored the groundbreaking book Staging Sex.

Eric Dyer

Professor of Animation

Dyer brings animation into the physical world with sculptures and installations. He has exhibited internationally at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, the London International Animation Festival, and more.

In Their Own Words

What our students and alumni say about their UMBC experience:

Our Graduates Take the World By Storm

Photo of filmmaker Jovan James taken by Michael Ori

Jovan James '13 Breaks Through at Sundance

This past January, Jovan James ’13, visual arts, along with co-director Elegance Bratton, presented their short film Buck at Sundance to an appreciative crowd of industry insiders.  

Interrobang Theatre Company Focuses on Fostering Theatre Artists in Baltimore

Founded by a number of UMBC alumni, The Interrobang Theatre Company focuses on fostering theatre artists in Baltimore, and providing new, high-quality work at affordable prices.

Kimberly Patrick ‘08 Crafts Sounds for the Stars at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound

A degree from UMBC can take you anywhere — even a galaxy far, far away. Kimberly Patrick ’08, has a geek’s dream job, working as a sound editor and foley artist for Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound.

Maia Schechter ’18 Lights Up the Stage at the Kennedy Center

In June 2018, the stage of Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was graced by the choreography of new UMBC alumna Maia Schechter ’18, dance. 

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