Information about the Submission of Arts Supplements

Students who have talents or achievements in the areas of music, dance, theater or visual arts may wish to submit supplementary arts materials for review by Amherst faculty. Information about your arts background and samples of your artistic work must be submitted online. Depending on the specific artistic medium, certain materials are either required or recommended, as described below. Arts supplement materials must be submitted by the relevant application deadline of the admission plan you have chosen: Early Decision -- November 1, 2020; Regular Decision -- January 4, 2021; Transfer Spring --  November 1, 2020; Transfer Fall -- March 1, 2021.

General Information about Submission of Arts Supplements

OPTIONAL SUBMISSION  The submission of supplementary arts materials is completely optional. It is not required for your enrollment in arts courses or your extra-curricular participation in the arts at Amherst or your eventual choice of a major in the arts. 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.

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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES  Please note that SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR ARTS SUPPLEMENTS VARY, depending on the admission plan you have chosen. You must submit your arts supplement by the appropriate application deadline:  Early Decision - November 1, 2020; Regular Decision - January 4, 2021; Transfer Spring - November 1, 2020; Transfer Fall - March 1, 2021.

NO ADDITIONAL FEE  Amherst College wants to ensure that submission fees do not pose a barrier for students wishing to submit arts supplements, so you will not be charged an additional fee for submitting an arts supplement to Amherst College.

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, 2021. We do 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 by Amherst faculty reviewers.

Amherst-specific Instructions for Artistic Media Submissions:

Music Supplement Requirements

  • Music Supplement 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

  • Dance Supplement 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, you should upload a copy of that essay. If you have completed Option B (analytical paper) for the Amherst Writing Supplement, you should upload a copy of your personal essay from your Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application, as appropriate.
  • 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, 2021. We do 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 to faculty reviewers.


Theater Supplement Requirements

  • Theater Supplement 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, you should upload a copy of that essay. If you have completed Option B (analytical paper) for the Amherst Writing Supplement, you should upload a copy of your personal essay from your Common Application, Coalition Application or QuestBridge personal essay.
  • Optional Artistic Work Examples: Students who have done acting or directing work may submit one video example of no longer than three minutes. (If you do not appear as the sole performer in the video, please include a title that indicates your role or that you directed.) 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, 2021. We do 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 to faculty reviewers.

Visual Arts Supplement Requirements

  •  Visual Arts Supplement 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, 2021. We do 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 to faculty evaluators.