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Graduate Admission

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.  M.F.A. 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 (or online link) of recent creative work (performance/choreography)
     • Undergraduate transcripts

3.  Mail the above audition requirements to:
     University of Arizona School of Dance, 121 Gittings Building
     ATTN., Director of Graduate Studies
     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 proper.

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 B.F.A. 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 B.F.A. and entering the M.F.A. 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 including:
          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 professional experience.

         iv.  Have completed at least one course each in:
               • Music history/literature, music for dance, or two years of applied music study.
               • 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 choreography

               ii.  Evidence of self-motivated professional experience in the field

              iii.  Potential for successful completion of the degree at the University of Arizona

              iv.  Personal maturity, independence and academic and artistic integrity

In conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies, 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 M.F.A. 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.


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