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Special Information about Arts Supplement Submission

Students who have special talents in music, dance, theater or visual arts may wish to submit supplementary arts materials for evaluation by Amherst faculty.  Information about your arts background and samples of your artistic work must be submitted online through the Amherst College SlideRoom site.  Depending on the specific artistic medium, certain materials are either required or recommended, as described below and specified at Amherst's SlideRoom site. Arts supplement materials must be submitted by the relevant application deadline of the admission plan you have chosen: Early Decision -- November 15, 2015; Regular Decision -- January 1, 2016; Transfer Spring --  November 1, 2015; Transfer Fall -- March 1, 2016.

General Information about Submission of Arts Supplements through SlideRoom

SLIDEROOM "PROGRAMS"  SlideRoom uses the term "program" to identify categories of submission to various arts areas (music, dance, etc.).  Please note, however, that the use of the term "program" on SlideRoom does not indicate that your submission of supplementary arts materials through SlideRoom constitutes an application for admission to an arts "program" at Amherst or is required for your participation in the arts at Amherst.  The arts materials you submit to Amherst through SlideRoom will be considered as a supplement to the standard application materials for admission to Amherst College as a whole.  Any student attending Amherst College may participate in the arts (either as a departmental major or as a non-major taking courses through the curriculum or by engagement in extra-curricular activities) whether or not the student previously submitted an arts supplement at the time of application.

APPLICATION TYPE   On the initial page of Amherst College's SlideRoom site, you will see two main categories of programs.  One category is titled "Common Application Applicants" and the other "QuestBridge Applicants."  Both categories allow submission of supplements for dance, music, theater and visual arts, but have the following distinction: 

  • Students who have applied to Amherst by submitting the Common Application Online should select the appropriate arts supplement from the "Common Application Applicants" list;
  • Students who have applied to Amherst by submitting the QuestBridge Application ONLY (and NOT the Common Application Online) should select the appropriate arts supplement from the "QuestBridge Applicants" list, which include a "QB" prefix in the title.

Please note that the content and requirements of both categories of arts supplements are the same; they differ only in the technical processing of arts recommendations. 

ARTS RECOMMENDATIONS   Arts supplements for dance, theater, and visual arts require the submission of a recommendation from a teacher familiar with your work in that artistic area. Recommendations should be submitted directly by the teacher through the SlideRoom online reference system.  To initiate that process, you should use the "Add Reference" option available in your SlideRoom online supplement.  If your art recommender is unable to use the SlideRoom system, arts recommendations may be sent directly by the teacher via email to admission@amherst.edu, using the subject line: "SlideRoom Arts Recommendation"

SUBMISSION DEADLINES  Please note that SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR ARTS SUPPLEMENTS VARY, depending on the admission plan you have chosen.  You must submit your supplement by the appropriate deadline:  Early Decision - November 15, 2015; Regular Decision - January 1, 2016; Transfer Spring - November 1, 2015; Transfer Fall - March 1, 2016.

ARTS SUPPLEMENT SUBMISSION FEE WAIVERS  SlideRoom charges a fee for each "program submission" to each school.  For music, theater, and dance submissions to Amherst College, that fee is $5; for visual art submissions, the fee is $10.  Amherst College wants to be certain that submission fees do not pose a financial barrier for students who wish to submit arts supplements.

  • If you have submitted a Common Application and you have received a Common App Fee Waiver for submission of your college admission applications, that Common App fee waiver will extend automatically to your SlideRoom submission.
  • If you have submitted a QuestBridge Application ONLY (and have NOT submitted a Common App), or you have received an Amherst College application fee waiver (e.g., a "Quick Pass" fee waiver or DIVOH fee waiver), or you otherwise require a fee waiver for submission of your art supplement, please send an email (with your full name) to admission@amherst.edu, identifying the basis for your art supplement fee waiver request. (Please use the subject line: "SlideRoom Fee Waiver Request.") If you are found to qualify for a fee waiver, Amherst College will adjust your SlideRoom account to allow submission of your supplement to Amherst without payment of a fee and will notify you accordingly.  Please note that you must have already started and saved an arts supplement at Amherst's SlideRoom site before we can adjust your SlideRoom account for an Amherst arts supplement fee waiver. (The above information on fee waivers for submission of arts supplements is also available in the "Special Instructions" section of the "Submit" page on SlideRoom.)

URLS for EMBEDDED MEDIA  If you provide a URL for embedded media, please ensure that the content will be accessible at least through March 31, 2016.  SlideRoom does not permanently download embedded media, so if you remove the original content or otherwise restrict access to the linked material, it will not be retrievable in SlideRoom by Amherst faculty reviewers.

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SLIDEROOM  For technical information and assistance with the SlideRoom system, use the "Help" tab at the top of each SlideRoom page, which will allow you to access the "SlideRoom Applicant Guide" and the "SlideRoom Applicant FAQ" resources.  You can also email SlideRoom directly at support@slideroom.com .

 

Amherst-specific Instructions for Artistic Media Submissions:

Music Supplement Requirements

  • SlideRoom Music form
  • Résumé detailing (1) private instruction and performance experience (including number of years studied, names of teachers and ensembles, and any awards); (2) background, if any, in theory and/or composition; (3) experience, if any, in electronic music, new media, or music technologies.
  • Examples of musical work:
    Performance: Provide a recording of yourself in solo performance (if classical instrumental, voice, or jazz) or group performance (if jazz, rock, pop or other) of 2-4 tracks, not longer than 10 minutes total, exhibiting contrasting examples of expression and technique for classical submissions or varied stylistic approaches (swing, Latin, ballad, blues, etc.) for jazz submissions.  For each recording, specify in the "Description" label: (1) title and composer / arranger for each selection; (2) which instrument(s) you are performing on or which voice part you are performing; (3) the timing of any particular section that features you as a soloist (if an ensemble example).
    Composition: If submitting an original musical composition for review, include an audio recording of a performance of your written work (if available) , as well as printed sheet music (as PDF)


Dance Supplement Requirements

  • SlideRoom Dance form
  • Résumé summarizing your experience and including a short statement about your interest in dance
  • Recommendation from a teacher who is familiar with your work in dance
  • Essay: If you have completed Option A (response to essay prompt) for the Amherst Writing Supplement, upload a copy of that essay to SlideRoom.  If you have completed Option B (analytical paper) for the Amherst Writing Supplement, upload a copy of your Common Application or QuestBridge personal essay to SlideRoom.
  • Optional performance example:  You are strongly encouraged (although not required) to submit samples of dance performance in the form of video or embedded media (from YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud).  If you are one of several performers in a dance piece, please provide sufficient information in the "Description" section of that item's label to allow reviewers to identify you.  If you provide a URL for embedded media, please ensure that the content will remain accessible at least through March 31, 2016.  SlideRoom does not permanently download embedded media, so if you remove the original content or otherwise restricts access to the linked material, it will not be viewable in SlideRoom faculty reviewers.


Theater Supplement Requirements

  • SlideRoom Theater form
  • Résumé summarizing your experience and including a short statement about your interest in theater.
  • Recommendation from a teacher who is familiar with your work in theater
  • Essay:  If you have completed Option A (response to essay prompt) for the Amherst Writing Supplement, upload a copy of that essay to SlideRoom.  If you have completed Option B (analytical paper) for the Amherst Writing Supplement, upload a copy of your Common Application or QuestBridge personal essay to SlideRoom.
  • Optional Theater Design Examples: Students interested in theatrical design may submit samples of original art work (primarily drawings as images); please do not submit production photos.  If you provide a URL for embedded media, please ensure that the content will remain accessible at least through March 31, 2016.  SlideRoom does not permanently download embedded media, so if you remove the original content or otherwise restricts access to the linked material, it will not be accessible in SlideRoom to faculty reviewers. We do not review video of theater performance.

Visual Arts Supplement Requirements

  • SlideRoom Visual Arts form
  • Résumé with dates, institutions, and a brief description for each course or workshop attended and a description of other related experience
  • Recommendation from a teacher who is famil­iar with your work in the visual arts
  • Examples of your work in the visual arts, including at least three drawings.  It is recommended that you submit at least ten examples, if available.  Examples may be submitted in the form of images, video, or embedded media (from YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud).  If you provide a URL for embedded media, please ensure that the content will remain accessible at least through March 31, 2016.  SlideRoom does not permanently download embedded media, so if you remove the original content or otherwise restricts access to the linked material, it will not be viewable in SlideRoom to faculty evaluators.


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