Special Information about the Submission of Arts Supplements

Students who have special talents or demonstrate significant achievements in the areas of 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 1, 2017; Regular Decision -- January 1, 2018; Transfer Spring --  November 1, 2017; Transfer Fall -- March 1, 2018.

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 three main categories of programs. One category is titled "Coalition Application Applicants," the second is titled "Common Application Applicants," and the third "QuestBridge Application Applicants." All three 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 Coalition Application should select the appropriate arts supplement from the "Coalition Application Applicants" list.
  • Students who have applied to Amherst by submitting the Common Application 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 or the Coalition Application) should select the appropriate arts supplement from the "QuestBridge Application Applicants" list.

Please note that the content and requirements of all three categories of arts supplements are the same; they differ only in the technical processing of arts recommendations for students submitting different types of admission applications. 

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 arts supplement by the appropriate application deadline:  Early Decision - November 1, 2017; Regular Decision - January 1, 2018; Transfer Spring - November 1, 2017; Transfer Fall - March 1, 2018.

AUTOMATIC FEE WAIVERS  Amherst College wants to ensure that submission fees do not pose a barrier for students wishing to submit arts supplements, so Amherst has chosen to cover the cost of submissions for all applicants and provide an automatic fee waiver. You will NOT be charged a 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, 2018. 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 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, 2018. 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 personal essay from your Common Application, Coalition Application or QuestBridge personal essay to SlideRoom.
  • 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, 2018. 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.

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, 2018. 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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