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:
- A statement of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts indicating degree completion
- Experiential Background Questionnaire. The 2021 MFA Experiential Questionnaire will be posted shortly.
- A written statement about the choreographic work samples
- 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.
A link to the supplemental application will be posted here shortly. The M.F.A. faculty will evaluate the Phase 1 materials submitted by each student. Applicants will be informed by December 20, and those who pass Phase 1 will be invited to Phase 2.
Phase 2 is a real-time remote audition via video conferencing on January 15, 2021, which further evaluates creative potential with consideration toward each applicant's primary choreographic focus. Phase 2 will be open applicants who are informed that they have passed Phase 1. Specifics regarding the January audition will be sent upon passing Phase 1 of the Admission process. Applicants who are hoping to attend should hold 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM PST (10:30 AM - 4:00 PM CST/ 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST). Auditioning on January 15 is preferable but if an applicant is not able to attend the remote audition they may instead submit a third video work sample 5-7 minutes in length that would best represent an expanded view of applicant's choreographic range.
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 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 Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Courtney Newman, by clicking here.