To apply for admission for the graduate program, the candidate must have extensive dance training, hold an undergraduate degree in dance and meet the minimum requirements of the UA Graduate College.
Four Steps for Graduate Application to the School of Dance:
1. MFA candidates must apply to the University of Arizona prior to
auditioning for the School of Dance.
2. The School of Dance office must receive the following applicant materials
prior to auditioning:
•Statement of Purpose letter (a brief and focused essay about one's career
or research goals)
•Curriculum Vitae (comprehensive résumé)
•Three letters of recommendation
•DVD of recent work (performance/choreography)
3. Mail the above audition requirements to:
University of Arizona School of Dance, 121 Gittings Building
ATTN. Graduate Advisor
Tucson, AZ 85721-0093
4. A two-day physical audition is required. Auditions must be scheduled on
Mondays and Tuesdays in order to take and observe classes; perform a
2-3 minute solo followed by an interview with dance faculty; teach a non-
major class in one of three genres: ballet/modern/jazz; meet resident
graduate students; and become familiar with the UA campus and Tucson
Graduate Admission Status
Once your application to the Graduate College has been processed, the School of Dance will review all application materials and consider an on-campus audition/interview. Since nearly all applicants have previously earned a BFA degree in Dance, we do not encourage any applicant to apply without having already completed all prerequisites. A 2-3 year hiatus is also recommended between completion of a BFA and entering the MFA program to demonstrate self-motivated professional activity.
a. Students will be admitted to enter graduate studies who meet the
minimum requirements of the Graduate College and the School of Dance
i. Demonstrated advanced level in technique in ballet, modern dance,
or jazz dance.
ii. Have completed at least one year of dance composition, achieving a
grade of “B” or higher; or at least two professional compositions
that have been publicly presented.
iii. Have completed at least one year of Dance or Drama Theatre
Production, achieving a grade of “B” or higher; or at least 2 years of
iv. Have competed at least one course each in:
• Music history/literature, music for dance, or two years of applied
• Anatomy for Dance; Kinesiology; or Biomechanics.
• Aesthetics of dance or the arts, or in dance ethnology/anthropology
• Dance History
b. All students applying for admission to the program of study must also
meet qualitative standards determined by the dance faculty including:
i. Review of three confidential letters of recommendation
ii. Review of the applicant’s performance or choreographic work
iii. Review of the student’s written Statement of Purpose
iv. On-site audition, with personal interview
c. Criteria for admission to the program of study are based on the
quantitative and qualitative requirements listed above, and admission will
be determined according to:
i. Each student’s demonstrated expertise in performance or
ii. Evidence of self-motivated professional experience in the field
iii. Potential for successful completion of the degree at the University
iv. Personal maturity, independence and academic and artistic
v. THE GRE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION
In conjunction with the Graduate Advisor, each student is responsible for developing a written Plan of Study. This plan is to be filed with the Graduate College during the penultimate semester in residence.
Students must complete 60 units of graduate level courses. The specific Dance Graduate Curriculum for the MFA in Dance is designed with the option in either Choreography and/or Performance.
Graduate Financial Aid and Scholarships
Only after acceptance can the School of Dance offer graduate support in the form of Teaching Assistantships which include an out-of-state tuition waiver, as well as the possibility of Graduate Tuition Scholarships and/or Graduate College Fellowship Awards.