Admissions & Portfolio Process
UMBC applicants and current students who plan to major in visual arts with a studio concentration (animation/interactive media, cinematic arts,
graphic design, intermedia, photography, print media) must submit a portfolio application in addition to the standard UMBC Undergraduate Admission Application.
Students who pass the review earn the portfolio
milestone, which is a prerequisite for most studio courses. Students pursuing the visual arts
major with a concentration in Art History and Museum Studies do not need to submit a portfolio since studio courses are not required to complete
the degree requirements.
The portfolio application consists of an artist statement, two recommendations and a portfolio including six to eight pieces of the applicant's choice, two assignments (described below) and an itemization of submitted artwork.
All portfolio applications must be submitted on-line using this site:
For additional details about the portfolio components, including instructions about how to submit artwork and recommendations, simply click the decisiondesk link.
Please note: there is a $25 application fee payable during the on-line process.
Required portfolio assignments included on the decisiondesk application:
Required Assignment 1: Collaged Self-Portrait
- Sketch an outline of an image or object (such as your face, house, shoes, bookbag, etc.) that represents you.
- Using your lines as a guide, create a collage that captures your sense of self.
- You may use any kind of materials including photographs, drawings, cloth, plastic, metal, etc.
Required Assignment 2: Tourist/Artist Photos
- Select an outdoor scene or environment that is interesting to you.
- Take four photographic images of this scene as a tourist would see it.
- Take four photographic images of the same scene as an artist would see it.
- Save as individual files and label each "Tourist" or "Artist".
Four portfolio reviews are held each year: one in the Fall and three each Spring.
Portfolio Review Dates
Students planning to enroll in the Spring should apply to the department no later than October. To allow time for recommendations to be received, portfolios are reviewed approximately two weeks after published deadlines.
- September 25, 2015
- January 15, 2016
- February 19, 2016
- April 15, 2016
- September 30, 2016
Current UMBC Students who plan to pursue the visual arts major should follow the procedures outlined in the Decision Desk link, including an upload of transcripts showing all college course work.
New first-year and transfer students must submit a separate UMBC Undergraduate Admission Application at least two weeks before the selected portfolio review date. UMBC Applicants do not need to wait for an Admissions decision before submitting a portfolio application to the department.
Lineman Artist Scholar applicants must submit their on-line portfolios by the January review date and are encouraged to submit UMBC undergraduate applications by the early action deadline of November 1. In addition to the information supplied on the UMBC Common Application, applicants will also need to complete the Linehan Artist Scholars application to be considered as a candidate for the program. The application and all supplemental materials must be received by January 15. For more information: http://www.umbc.edu/financialaid/scholars/linehan.html
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students may explore a number of resources to help pay for their education and to gain invaluable work experience to build up their vitas before graduation. Scholarships, employment, student loans, and fellowships provide these opportunities to Visual Arts undergraduates.
The Linehan Artist Scholar Program offers competitive awards to freshmen
ranging from $5,000 - $15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000 - $22,000 per academic
year for out-of-state students, to assist in covering tuition, mandatory, fees, and another expenses. Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply.
Fine Arts Scholarships range from $500 to $1,000.
To be considered for either award, new applicants must submit on-line portfolios by the January review date. Go to UMBC Undergraduate Admissions for other financial aid information.
Visit the Department
Come see for yourself! Tours of the Visual Arts Department are held bi-weekly on Friday mornins.To see a list of tour dates and to register, please follow this link or call the Visual & Performing Arts Admissions Counselor at 410-455-3745. An interactive map of the campus and surrounding area, with driving directions is available at the UMBC Campus Map.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Visual Arts Department
Fine Arts 111A
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland USA 21250
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