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Dance Majors
Auditions for scholarships for the dance program are held each February. Students may register to audition in advance by calling 410-455-2179. Auditions are open to all potential UMBC students. However, students who have applied and been accepted to UMBC will be given priority. While the department does not hold special auditions for admission to the major, dance students must maintain good academic standing in their dance courses and must receive a grade of B or better in Intermediate Modern Dance II (the "gateway" course for the major) to continue their studies as a dance major.

Music Majors
An audition/interview before a faculty committee is required of all students wishing to major in music. The music department offers concentrations in composition, education, instrumental or voice performance, jazz, performing/musicology and recording. The audition for the performance track in voice or main instrument should include compositions that demonstrate the student's level of ability. Voice students should prepare two well-contrasted compositions, one of which must be in English. Students interested in the composition track must submit scores for review by the composition faculty. Students interested in the musicology track must submit a paper for review by the musicology faculty. Students interested in the recording track need to interview with the recording director. For more complete information, contact the department at 410-455-2942 or e-mail

Theatre Majors
No audition or portfolio review is required unless you are applying for the Linehan Artist Scholars Program, the Fine Arts Award or other merit scholarships. Students should, however, notify the department of their interest so they can be advised and space be made available in the appropriate courses. For more information, contact the theatre department at 410-455-2959 or

Visual Arts Majors
In addition to the standard UMBC undergraduate application, applicants who plan to major in visual arts must submit a portfolio to the Department of Visual Arts. Portfolio review days are scheduled by the department throughout the year. For more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at, 410-455-2291 or 800-UMBC-4U2.

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