Application & 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, 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 two assignments, six to eight additional pieces of the applicant's choice and an itemization of submitted artwork. Four portfolio reviews are held each year: one in the Fall and three each Spring.  After the October 19, 2012 review, all portfolios must be submitted on-line, using this link:

Please note: there is a $20 application fee, payable during the online application process.

Portfolio Review Dates

Students planning to enroll in the Spring should apply to the department no later than October.

  • October 19, 2012
  • December 15, 2012 (Linehan Artist Scholar Applicants ONLY)
  • February 1, 2013
  • March 29, 2013
  • May 3, 2013
  • October 18, 2013

Transfer Students and Current UMBC Students
Students who transfer to the Department of Visual Arts must follow the procedures outlined in the portfolio guidelines and must include transcripts showing all college course work previously completed with their portfolio application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the portfolio review.

Linehan Artist Scholar
Applicants to the Linehan Artist Scholars Program apply to the Department of Visual Arts by the December 15 deadline.

LAS applicants do not need to submit a separate application to the department. The LAS portfolio and application will be reviewed by a visual arts committee to determine admission to the major and acceptance into the Linehan Artist Scholars Program.