While the Bowdoin Arts Supplement is not a required element of your application, it is an optional way for you to demonstrate your sustained dedication to the arts. Your submission will be reviewed by the appropriate faculty in the Music, Visual Arts, and/or Theater and Dance departments, and commentary will be submitted to the Admissions Office on your behalf.
The deadlines for arts supplement submissions:
It's worth noting that Bowdoin does not accept the Common Application Arts Supplement.
Bowdoin is still accepting arts supplements for transfer applicants, but not for Early Decision 2 or Regular Decision applicants.
For questions regarding your submissions, please email email@example.com.
Your submission should include 1-3 performance samples of reasonable length illustrating the variety of your ability. If you are not the solo performer, please specifically identify yourself in the piece.
YouTube, Vimeo, and Google Sites are popular sites for uploading performance video, but you are welcome to use the web format with which you are most comfortable. Please do not submit sites for which registration is required of the reviewer.
The department recommends submitting several performance samples of no more than 10-15 minutes illustrating the depth and breadth of your repertoire and technique. The Music department prefers that each movement or piece be an unedited version of the performance. Video is not required; audio-only submissions are sufficient.
The most commonly utilized music sharing sites are YouTube, Vimeo, MySpace, PureVolume, and Google Sites, but you are welcome to use the web format with which you are most comfortable. Please do not submit sites for which registration is required of the reviewer.
On the webpage you submit (if the site allows), please name and describe the ensembles in which you have participated; note any private study; list performances in which you have participated, either in an ensemble or as a soloist; and note any duties performed as an ensemble assistant, officer, or section leader.
The department recommends including 10-20 works which best demonstrate your artistic interests, experiences, and abilities. Visual Arts portfolios may include a variety of mediums, though several works of the same medium may be more helpful for evaluation. Work should demonstrate creativity, initiative, curiosity, and technique. Photography portfolios should demonstrate both thematic coherence and technical proficiency. Applicants are encouraged to submit work that explores a particular topic, idea, or subject through one or more series of photographs.
Flickr, Dropbox, Photobucket, and Picasa are among the most convenient and commonly used sites available. Please do not submit albums of images from sites requiring a membership login or password (such as Facebook or Snapfish), as our faculty will be unable to review these sites.