With the goal of educating thinking artists as world citizens, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia sets in motion a new Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Dance that extends the context of learning from the studio, theater and classroom to the international festival environment as a space for learning. (Photo: "Philly Files," work by Faustin Linyekula)

Internationally situated. 

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Camping '17, CND Centre National de la Danse de Paris; UArts faculty with
international artists/educators © Marc Domage

Each summer, the program departs from the traditional semester format by focusing instead on international residencies, workshops and symposia that foster critical conversations about the meanings, purposes, and potentialities of dance and performance in contemporary society.

Summer 2018 residencies will be held in France including Paris and Montpellier.

Immersed in the dynamic relationships created by the performances of artists from around the world, students will consider and develop practices, pedagogies and research models that value experimentation and continuously question the role of dance within and beyond the festival, exhibition and theater environments. Using the festival framework as a way to gather students, artists, and scholars with a wide range of practices, this program aims to foster new communities and networks of exchange for knowledge production and artistic practice within dance.

Theorizing and practicing embodied knowledge in relation to citizenship and art-making.

This mentor-based program expands from a leadership faculty supported by an international group of scholars, artists, curators, writers and community members located throughout the United States and abroad. Experts from across the fields of dance, live and visual arts and social justice gather to work within the MFA curricular platforms. These affiliated artists and guest lecturers represent an intentionally diverse array of approaches to theorizing and practicing embodied knowledge in relation to citizenship and art-making.


 

Offering 2 Distinct Cohorts

for both emerging & mid-career artists

Year-Residency Cohort
MFA Dance
(for emerging artists)

60 credits, 15 months, full-time.

Designed for young artists with a strong interest in expanding their practice and research in an experimental and uninterrupted way. Applicants should hold 3-5 years of experience beyond an undergraduate degree in dance.

Summer Term Residencies.
Summer 2018: France including Paris & Montpellier.

Fall & Spring Terms in Philly.
Year-residency students complete intensive fall and spring terms at UArts, in the center of Philadelphia. Faculty, mentors and visiting artists support students as they develop practices, pedagogies and modes of research within the context of Philadelphia and beyond

Low-Residency Cohort
MFA Dance
(for mid-career artists)

60 credits, 15 months, low-res format.

Designed for mid-career artists, teachers and dance professionals who want to question their own work and re-evaluate their career trajectories. Applicants typically hold 8-10 years or more of experience as creative practitioners in their field.

Summer Term Residencies.
Summer 2018: France including Paris & Montpellier.

Fall & Spring Terms in your context.
Coursework is completed through self-directed research of situated pedagogical practices, which may be located anywhere. Each student is supported by mentors and their fellow peers, as well as the use of distance-learning tools to facilitate the delivery of coursework.

OR Explore our Flex Track

for artists in need of more flexibility
On a case by case basis, a third Flex Track which extends the duration of study from 15 to 22 months may be available to qualified candidates. Contact dance@uarts.edu to learn more.


 

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L'Agora, Montpellier Danse Festival

With Post-MFA Fellowship Support.

A Post-MFA Fellowship Program will provide support to graduates. The Fellowship Program is designed to expand potentialities through direct interplay of recent MFA graduates with communities and practitioners (both local and international). The fellowships set in motion a network of possibilities for sharing resources, scholarship and practices for future engagement between both the fellows and the participating partner organizations.

 

The artistic and curricular leadership group includes Ric Allsopp, Donna Faye Burchfield and Thomas F. DeFrantz. Consulting and affiliated artists include Douglas Becker, Rizvana Bradley, Grisha Coleman, Curt Haworth, Ishmael Houston-Jones, HeJin Jang, Niall Jones, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Doug Letheren, Faustin Linyekula, Paul Matteson, Jimena Paz, Jillian Peña, Neta Pulvermacher, Myriam Stoffen, Reggie Wilson and Jesse Zaritt. Curricular research topics fuel the selection of faculty, mentors, advisors and resident artists/scholars each year, who form an ongoing community of exchange for all Dance graduate students.

Leadership Team

Donna Faye Burchfield Headshot
Donna Faye Burchfield

Dance
Ric Allsopp
Ric Allsopp

Dance (MFA)
Thomas DeFrantz
Thomas DeFrantz

Dance (MFA)

Faculty, Mentors & Guest Artists

Rizvana Bradley
Rizvana Bradley

Dance (MFA)
Faustin Linyekula
Faustin Linyekula

Dance (MFA)
Neta Pulvermacher
Neta Pulvermacher

Dance (MFA)
Reggie Wilson
Reggie Wilson

Dance (MFA)
Douglas Becker headshot
Douglas Becker

Dance
Doug Letheren headshot
Doug Letheren

Dance (MFA)
Jimena Paz headshot
Jimena Paz

Dance
Emmanuelle Huyhn headshot
Emmanuelle Huynh

Dance (MFA)
Niall Jones Headshot
Niall Jones

Dance
Lauren Bakst headshot
Lauren Bakst

Dance
Jaamil Kosoko headshot
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Dance (MFA)
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June 18th - 22nd 2018

Centre National de la Danse
Paris, France


Guest Curator: Rizvana Bradley, Yale University

With invited guests:
nora chipaumire
Laura Cull
Maria Hassabi
Jenn Joy
Ralph Lemon
Paul Maheke
Erin Manning
Emily Roysdon
Reggie Wilson

Seating is limited. For scheduling and reservations please contact: dance@uarts.edu

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Dancing Politics, Moving Performance: Conversations at the Edges of Choreography, curated and directed by Rizvana Bradley (Yale University), marks the inauguration of the Study Cycle Symposium in conjunction with The University of the Arts, Philadelphia’s new MFA Program. This year, the symposium is set to take place in Paris, at the Centre National de la Danse (CND) the week of June 18 through June 22, 2018. This year, the Study Cycle Symposium will feature dynamic conversations between artists, scholars, choreographers, curators, movement practitioners, and students.

Through talks and curated screenings, participants will think collectively about dance at the crossroads of emerging performance cultures and practices; dance as it is becoming increasingly enfolded into an evolving art-world context; the curation of dance and the practices of archiving and preserving performance as a document; the relationship between dance and theory, aesthetics, and the politics of movement.

Conversations with choreographers and scholars will explore the relationships between the practice of choreography, and the movement of bodies in various contexts: as acts of social transgression, the movement of bodies through institutional spaces, and across geographic borders. Critical dialogues will consider the contingencies between dance, movement, and politics with respect to an expanding culture of political performance.

Rizvana Bradley
Rizvana Bradley

Dance (MFA)
Nora Chipaumire headshot
Nora Chipaumire

Dance (MFA)
Laura Cull headshot
Laura Cull

Dance (MFA)
Maria Hassabi headshot
Maria Hassabi

Dance (MFA)
Jenn Joy headshot
Jenn Joy

Dance (MFA)
Ralph Lemon headshot
Ralph Lemon

Dance (MFA)
Paul Maheke headshot
Paul Maheke

Dance (MFA)
Erin Manning headshot
Erin Manning

Dance (MFA)
Emily Roysdon headshot
Emily Roysdon

Dance (MFA)
Reggie Wilson
Reggie Wilson

Dance (MFA)

Both rigorous and intensive, our approach relies on situational pedagogies and the gathering of relational communities. The program moves against conventional thinking about academic learning environments utilizing the University of the Arts School of Dance’s long standing relationships to and connections with world recognized artists, scholars and cultural institutions. Challenged to examine the role of dance and dance making in the community at large, the Field Study component of the program is built on the assumption that new practices are still in the making, and that the students will work alongside faculty mentors & community partners to create new methodologies.

Below are sample, curricular overviews. Please visit the course catalogue website for complete course descriptions and requirements.


Year-Residency Cohort
MFA Dance - Sample Curriculum
(for emerging artists)

60 credits, 15 months, full-time.

SUMMER I (international residency)
Study Cycle I 
Individualized Body Practice 
Individualized Body Practice 
Practice Lab 
History, Theory & Criticism I 
Pro-Seminar I: Collaborative Pedagogies in Practice 
Languaging the Contemporary 

FALL
Mentored Body Practice 
History, Theory & Criticism Talks 
Graduate Seminar 
Field Study I 
Thesis Forms 
Electives or Independent Study
Performance Workshop: Curation & Critique 

SPRING
Mentored Body Practice 
Graduate Seminar 
Performance Workshop: Curation & Critique 
Field Study I or II 
Thesis Body Practice
Thesis Forms: Project 
Electives or Independent Study 

SUMMER II (international residency)
Study Cycle II 
Practice Lab 
History, Theory & Criticism II 
History, Theory & Criticism Talks 
Performance Workshop: Curation & Critique
Thesis Body Practice 
Thesis Forms 

Low-Residency Cohort
MFA Dance - Sample Curriculum
(for mid-career artists)

60 credits, 15 months, low-res format.

SUMMER I (international residency)
Study Cycle I 
Practice Lab 
Practice Lab 
History, Theory & Criticism I 
History, Theory & Criticism Talks
Graduate Seminar 
Pro-Seminar I: Collaborative Pedagogies in Practice 
Languaging the Contemporary 

FALL
Individualized Practice Lab 
Individualized Body Practice 
Field Study I 
Portfolio I 

SPRING
Individualized Body Practice 
Field Study I or II 
Thesis Body Practice 
Thesis Forms 
Portfolio II

SUMMER II (international residency)
Study Cycle II 
Practice Lab 
History, Theory & Criticism II 
History, Theory & Criticism Talks 
Performance Workshop: Curation & Critique 
Graduate Seminar
Thesis Body Practice 
Thesis Forms 
Thesis Forms Project
 

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Need more flexibility?
On a case by case basis, a third "flex track" which extends the duration of study from 15 to 22 months may be available to qualified candidates. Contact dance@uarts.edu to learn more.

Who Should Apply

The two cohorts of the MFA in Dance are designed with specific creative practitioners in mind:
The Year-Residency Cohort is designed for highly motivated emerging artists with a strong interest in expanding their knowledge and experience in an uninterrupted way in an international setting. Applicants should have 3-5 years of experience beyond undergraduate study.

The Low-Residency Cohort is designed for mid-career artists, teachers and dance professionals who want to question their own work and re-evaluate their career trajectories. Applicants should have a minimum of 8-10 years of professional experience.

The Flex Track option is available to qualified applicants who seek a completion path with more flexibility by extending their study over a longer duration. Please email us at dance@uarts.edu to learn more.

Application Deadline

The MFA in Dance application deadline is January 14, 2019, for the 2019/20 academic year. 

How to Apply

To apply, the following materials are required:

  • Application Fee of $60 (nonrefundable; submitted with your application)
  • Undergraduate Degree in Dance or Equivalent Experience 
    • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate schools attended are required. Transcripts should be issued directly by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) attended and sent to the Office of Admissions, The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or via email to gradcredentials@uarts.edu. For transcripts from outside the United States, please refer to the instructions provided below for international students.
    • In exceptional circumstances, exemplary professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an undergraduate degree. Applicants are advised to contact the MFA coordinator, Meredith Glisson at dance@uarts.edu in advance of making an application. 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation may either be requested through the online application form, or mailed to the Office of Admissions. At least two must come from professors or professional in your field familiar with your capabilities and credentials. The third may be from a colleague, collaborator or a peer.
  • Statement of Intent & Resume
    • Your Statement of Intent and your Resume are uploaded and submitted as part of your online application. Statements should be a minimum of one- to two-pages and detail your professional plans, interests and goals. What do you hope to gain by your studies at the graduate level? Your resume should highlight all of your professional accomplishments including employment, internships, honors, exhibitions and publications.
    • Tuition Fellowship essays - students who wish to be considered for Tuition Fellowship awards must also submit an additional essay that further describes their professional goals and how a fellowship will facilitate attaining them. This essay should be included within the same document as your statement of intent, and uploaded online when you complete the online application.
  • Portfolio
    • Applicants are required to submit a portfolio via SlideRoom ($10 fee applies) of recent choreographic and/or performative works from the past 5 years. Complete instructions and format guidelines are available on our SlideRoom portal page. 
  • Personal Interview
    • After the application has been processed, applicants may be contacted for a personal interview conducted by the leadership team and faculty. 

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit:

  • Official Transcripts and Transcript Evaluation
    • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. A transcript evaluation by a NACES-approved evaluator is required in order for an application to be complete, and a decision made. A Course-by-Course report is required and it is the applicant's responsibility to contract directly with the agency for this service and provide the necessary documents. While applicants may use any NACES-approved accredited evaluating agency, the University recommends World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • Students must demonstrate English language proficiency to engage in advanced studio, lecture and seminar coursework. To demonstrate proficiency, applicants may submit TOEFL and/or IELTS scores. Minimum requirements vary by department and test scores are reviewed in relationship to all other submitted requirements. In special circumstances - a waiver based on an interview process may be permitted by the director. Supplemental documentation  and/or interviews may be required.

Applicants who meet the academic and creative requirements for admission but who do not yet meet the English proficiency requirement may receive an offer of conditional admission that first requires enrollment in the University of the Arts' English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI). Applicants who successfully complete Level 9 of ESL study in ESLI will then be able to begin their degree program studies.

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID

2018-2019 Tuition
$900 per credit
$275 fee per semester

Included: Housing and travel from Paris to Montpellier for the inaugural summer residency (2018) is included in the cost of tuition.

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

Travel Assistance Grant
All MFA Dance students are eligible for a $500 travel assistance grant awarded each summer, for a maximum of two summers (total award not to exceed $1,000) to help defray the costs of travel.

Tuition Fellowships
Tuition Fellowships are competitive awards that range in amount. Awards are based both on the applicant's creative merit and demonstrated financial need. All MFA Dance applicants are eligible (both low-res and year-res cohorts). Interested students must submit an additional essay that further describes their professional goals and how a fellowship will facilitate attaining them. This essay should be included within the statement of intent document uploaded online when you complete the online application. US based students must also submit a FAFSA.

Life Experience Scholarships (for low-residency students only)
Mid-career artists who hold 8-10 or more years of experience who are successful in their application for admission to the low-residency cohort are eligible for Life Experience Scholarships. Life Experience Scholarships are generous awards applied to the tuition costs of the program. No additional application is required; students are considered for the Life Experience Scholarship at time of admission.

Post-MFA Fellowship Support
A Post-MFA Fellowship Program will provide support to graduates. The Fellowship Program is designed to expand potentialities through direct interplay of recent MFA graduates with communities and practitioners (both local and international). The fellowships set in motion a network of possibilities for sharing resources, scholarship and practices for future engagement between both the fellows and the participating partner organizations.

FINANCIAL AID
All applicants are reviewed for merit-based awards during the admissions process. In addition, most US citizens and permanent residents qualify for federal, need-based financial aid. You will need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be evaluated for eligibility. Once you are admitted and we have received your FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid notification letter. For full details please visit fafsa.ed.gov or contact the Office of Student Financial Services at UArts. 

 


Sample Billing Schedule
Please note, the figures below are approximate and do not account for annual tuition adjustments; the charts below are intended as a tool to assist students in understanding billing cycles only. 

Year-Residency MFA in Dance (for emerging artists)
60 credits, 15 months, full-time.

  Summer Fall Spring Summer
Credits 15 15 16 14
Tuition ($900 / credit) $13,500 $13,500 $14,400 $12,600
Fees $275 $275 $275 $275
Housing included not included not included included

 

Low-Residency MFA in Dance (for mid-career artists)
60 credits, 15 months, low-res format.

  Summer Fall Spring Summer
Credits 16 12 14 18
Tuition ($900 / credit) $14,400 $10,800 $12,600 $16,200
Fees $275 $275 $275 $275
Housing included not included not included included

 

 

 

 


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