Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer Students
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE INTO YOUR B.A. AND B.F.A. IN ACTING PROGRAMS 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. in Acting program. During the second semester of classes, students who have an interest to continue in the B.F.A. in Acting program can apply to the performance faculty. To schedule an audition, contact the Department of Theatre office at 410-455-2917.
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 theatre office 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 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?
As an actor, once you have auditioned and you have met with a theatre department faculty advisor, a list of required classes will be drawn up for you and a schedule of required and recommended theatre classes will be discussed with you. That theatre advisor will then give you permission for those theatre classes and for your other classes. It is critical that you do not register for your courses until you have met with a theatre department faculty advisor. Similarly, as a design/production student you will determine a schedule of classes in consultation with a theatre advisor. That advisor will then give you permission for those theatre courses and you will be ready to register.
AS AN ACTOR, CAN I BE CAST MY FIRST SEMESTER IN ONE OF YOUR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS?
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.