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.

Arts Supplements will be available starting August 1, 2017.


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

Your submission should include one to three 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. Applicants should use YouTube or Vimeo to submit performance samples. Physical media submissions will not be reviewed and cannot be returned.

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. Portfolios must be available through an online platform or hosting site (ie Google Drive, Dropbox, personal blog or website, etc.)

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 15 minutes.