Frequently Asked Questions from Transfer Students
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE INTO YOUR B.F.A. ACTING PROGRAM FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS?
We encourage prospective acting transfers to audition for our Accelerated BFA Program*** designed with transfer students in mind. Transfer applicants may audition for the BFA and placement in upper-level studio courses at an on-campus audition in December, April, or August. Depending on previous coursework, transfer students may earn their degree in 4 or 5 semesters. Please note that this accelerated program is best suited for students who already have received acting training from their previous institution(s). Not all transfer students will qualify for the accelerated program.
***How to Audition for Accelerated BFA:
1) Apply and be accepted to UMBC.
2) Apply to the BFA Acting major via the correct Google form.
-Transfer Students: https://goo.gl/forms/e0kBkfbPwP5p0tWY2
3) After you apply using the correct Google form, we will contact you to arrange an audition appointment.
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 Laurie Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting with one of our faculty members in your area of interest. Our design and production program includes scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, stage management, and technical production. Students may choose a broad-based education in these areas, or they may wish to specialize.
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 some 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 contact 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 A TRANSFER 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?
Transfer students are eligible for the Fine Arts Award for Fall admission only. An audition or portfolio would need to be presented prior to enrollment in order to be eligible. Transfer students interested in the Fine Arts Award are encouraged to apply and audition/interview by February 1. We can also recommend you for merit scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. After two semesters in the program you are eligible to apply for the Department of Theatre merit scholarship for the following fall semester.
Find more FAQ about the UMBC Department of Theatre here.
UMBC Department of Theatre: 410.455.2917