For the M.F.A. program, a bachelor's degree, with an undergraduate major in dance or equivalent experience in dance, is required. Equivalent experience in dance may have been gained outside the academic setting through avenues such as dance studios, dance companies, or self-produced dance performance.
The Application Process
All applicants are required to follow the University's graduate admissions and requirements. In addition to UCLA's Application for Graduate Admission, the Department has its own two-phase screening procedure.
Phase 1 is a submission of:
- WACD M.F.A. Statement of Purpose. Upload this statement through the Graduate Admissions application. This is in addition to the Statement of Purpose required by UCLA Graduate Admissions, and will be uploaded in the supplemental document section toward the end of the application. This is your chance to tell us what you want to do in the M.F.A. program. Describe your choreographic interests. What questions do you want to investigate, and in relation to what sources? What new knowledge and skills that apply to this interest area are you expecting to develop through graduate study? What do you see as evidence that the necessary resources are available at UCLA? Maximum 750 words.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts indicating degree completion
- WACD M.F.A. Experiential Background Questionnaire
- Written statements about the choreographic work samples (included in Experiential Background Questionnaire document)
- Videos of two choreographic work samples (10-15 minutes total, links to be included in the Experiential Background Questionnaire). Work samples should include a group piece if possible (trio or larger). It is preferred that one piece not include the applicant/choreographer in the performance. The choreography should show a range of approaches to movement, thematic development, and originality of ideas.
The M.F.A. faculty will evaluate the Phase 1 materials submitted by each applicant. Applicants will be informed by December 20 as to whether they are invited to participate in Phase 2.
Phase 2 of the admissions process is by invitation only, based on the results of Phase 1 of your application, and includes:
- By no later than January 10, 2021: the submission of a video sample of a third choreographic work, preferably featuring the applicant as a performer, and expanding upon the artistic range of the first two samples submitted in Phase 1.
- On January 15, 2021: a remote interview with M.F.A. faculty, and an opportunity to meet remotely with current WACD graduate students
You will be informed by December 20, 2020, after the initial review of Phase 1 of your application, as to whether you are invited to proceed to Phase 2. More information will be provided upon invitation.
December 1 of the year prior to entry is the official deadline for filing an application for fall quarter enrollment. This applies to all applicants to the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance M.F.A. program. Applicants can apply online using the application on the Graduate Division website. All applicants must submit the Application for Graduate Admission to the UCLA Graduate Admissions Office online, including the required additional supporting materials (statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts, experiential background information, video presentation, audition response, etc.). Incomplete applications are unable to be reviewed. Admission to the program is for fall quarter only. Students who are admitted but do not enroll may reapply, but they are not guaranteed admission at a later date.
Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. Applications are not considered complete without the test scores. Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS test scores often takes several weeks, international students must schedule their examination no later than September in order to meet the Departmental deadlines. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the Department Admissions Office. IELTS scores should be sent to the Department Admissions Office and the Graduate Division.
For further information about TOEFL requirements, please see: UCLA Graduate Division English Requirements.
Entering M.F.A. students will receive departmental funding (through either direct financial support, or employment as Teaching Assistants or Graduate Student Researchers) that covers nearly all tuition and fees associated with the two-year program. Students will receive a quarterly stipend or salary as well. Students are encouraged to apply for fellowships in conjunction with their admission application. Nominations for campus-wide awards as well as Departmental support are made by faculty and forwarded to the necessary faculty committees for decision. Factors considered include academic strength, creative work, and in some cases, financial need. We are unable to speak about stipend amounts until after determining admitted cohorts. Applicants are generally advised to apply for their desired graduate programs first and consider the financial costs of their options after admissions decisions are made. Please visit the Graduate Division website which provides extensive financial information for the prospective student.
Have a look at the FAQs below. If you have further questions, you can contact our Interim Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Megan Taylor by clicking here.