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Transfer Students

Frequently Asked Questions from Transfer Students

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE INTO YOUR B.F.A. ACTING PROGRAM FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS?
Transfer students who wish to major in acting are not required to audition to begin the program. All actors are accepted into the B.A. program as BFA intending. During the second semester of classes, students who have an interest to continue in the BFA. in Acting program can apply to the performance faculty. Please talk to your faculty advisor for more information about this process.

DO YOU REQUIRE A PORTFOLIO REVIEW FOR STUDENTS WITH AN INTEREST IN DESIGN/PRODUCTION?
We do not require a portfolio review for design/production students unless they are applying for the Linehan Artist Scholar Program. We recommend that any design/production student contact the Laurie Newton-King at laurienk@umbc.edu to set up a meeting with one of our faculty members in your area of interest. Our production program includes scenic and costume design and production, lighting and sound design and stage management.

WILL MY PREVIOUS THEATRE COURSES BE ACCEPTED IN YOUR DEPARTMENT?
Some courses from other institutions may be accepted as equivalent to our required theatre courses. The determination is made in conference with a UMBC theatre department faculty advisor who will review your transcript, discuss your previous theatre courses and plan a course of study. (A transfer evaluation of your general education courses will be made by the Registrar’s Office.) Often we find that students have had some courses and experiences in technical theatre, dramatic literature and theatre history that fulfill one or two of the required courses in our curriculum. No matter how many classes you have taken in acting, voice and movement, those courses are not necessarily equivalent to the required technique courses at UMBC. A determination about your placement in our series of technique classes will be made based on your audition to enter the BFA program. Unless you have trained in techniques comparable to those we offer, you will probably be placed in the first level of acting, voice and movement for majors. Once you have been accepted by UMBC, you should call the theatre office to set up a meeting with an advisor.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?
Your theatre advisor will be the person you speak to in order to get permission for theatre classes. It is critical that you do not register for your courses until you have met with a theatre department faculty advisor.

AS AN ACTOR, CAN I BE CAST MY FIRST SEMESTER IN ONE OF YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS?
If you are BFA intending, you are required to audition for department productions each semester. We value that process as an important part of your training as an actor. You might be cast in your first semester. That decision will be dependent upon your schedule and whether or not you are taking required theatre courses that conflict with rehearsals.

ARE THERE THEATRE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS?
The Department of Theatre does not have special scholarships for transfer students, however, we can recommend you for merit scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. After two semesters in the program you are also eligible to apply for the Department of Theatre merit scholarship for the following fall semester.