Arts Supplement

While the Bowdoin Arts Supplement is not a required element of your application, it is a 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.

Deadlines for admissions applications and arts supplements are as follows:

RoundAdmissions ApplicationArts Supplement
Early Decision I Nov. 15 Nov. 17
Early Decision II Jan. 1 Jan. 5
Regular Decision Jan. 1 Jan. 5
Transfer Mar. 1 Mar. 5

For questions regarding your submissions, please email artssupp@bowdoin.edu.

Bowdoin Arts Supplement


Music Submission Guidelines

Music supplements are primarily used to gauge an applicant's fit for departmental ensembles. While the department accepts and reviews all submissions, preference will be given to those that demonstrate a clear contribution to existing musical opportunities at Bowdoin.

The department recommends submitting two to three performance samples of no more than 10-15 minutes (total) 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. Submissions should emphasize individual ability over participation in group ensembles (ie solo performance vs choral group). If you are not the solo performer, please specifically identify yourself in the piece. Applicants should use YouTube or Vimeo to submit performance samples, but audio-only submissions are acceptable (ie video is not required). Composers may also upload PDF copies of their scores. Physical media submissions will not be reviewed and cannot be returned.

In addition to performance samples, you must include a résumé or C.V. that details your musical experience. You should name and describe 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 résumé should be uploaded at the same time as your supplement.

Theater & Dance Submission Guidelines

Theater and Dance is open to all students at Bowdoin, but we encourage those with experience to submit work samples relevant to your areas of interest. Your submission for Theater and/or Dance should include examples of your prior work in the performing arts. These examples may include performance in either Theater, Dance, or a combination of the two and can highlight more than one area of expertise such as acting, choreography, dance performance, design (costume, lighting, scenography, sound), directing, and improvisation, among others.

All applicants should submit a resume of performance work to date, including show titles (where applicable) and your role within the performance (e.g., specific role, dancer, choreographer, designer, assistant director, etc.). In addition to a resume, actors may submit videos of 1-2 contrasting monologues of no more than 2 minutes each. Playwrights may submit written scenes or one-act plays of no more than 15 total pages. Designers should submit a portfolio including any technical or concept drawings and photos from the show if possible. It is also helpful to include a concept statement with your images. Directors can submit video documentation of performances and we strongly encourage you to submit an additional concept statement for any work presented.

Performance videos should not exceed 10 minutes in total for all examples and can be submitted as links to either YouTube or Vimeo. Please identify yourself and your role in the creation of the work. Physical media submissions will not be reviewed and cannot be returned. Written submissions should not exceed 15 pages in addition to your resume. 

Visual Arts/Film Submission Guidelines

The Visual Arts department recommends including a selection of works that demonstrates 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. Portfolio materials must be uploaded with the arts supplement and conform to specific file type and size specifications (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF, or PDF; Max 16MB). Physical media submissions will not be reviewed and cannot be returned.

The Cinema Studies department recommends including a selection of your work that demonstrates your interests and abilities as a filmmaker. You may submit multiple works, but the total run time of your submissions should not exceed 5 minutes. Applicants should use YouTube or Vimeo to submit film samples. Physical media submissions will not be reviewed and cannot be returned.