This full two-year Dance degree from University of Washington begins in mid June and runs for two years including the interim summer months. It is an intensive, yet reflective period, during which M.F.A. candidates are supported in the development of an academic dimension to their creative work in dance. M.F.A. candidates receive a tuition waiver and earn a monthly stipend in exchange for working as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Dance.
Dance faculty work with M.F.A. candidates to develop an individualized course of study. Three seminars taken in the first year provide the opportunity to investigate the relationship of dance to higher education, learn the nuts and bolts of dance administration and engage in rigorous scholarship that contributes new areas of knowledge to the field of dance studies. Courses in production, dance technology and composition provide additional support for the transition into university teaching and production of new creative work.
Graduate students also perform annually with The Chamber Dance Company (CDC), the resident modern dance company of the University of Washington. CDC provides an opportunity to work with their peers in the reconstruction and restaging of historic and contemporary dances.
Interdisciplinary study is another foundation of the M.F.A. curriculum. Graduate students complete courses in other disciplines that support the development and teaching of their Masters Project—an upper division academic course. As a leading research institution, the University of Washington provides a fertile environment for inquiry into many dance–related areas including anatomy, aesthetics, anthropology, history/criticism and digital technology.
Since the inception of the degree in 1990, graduates have achieved immense success in the fields of education, performance, choreography, administration and production. Graduates have been recipients of prestigious grants and awards including a National Dance Project Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Alumni have secured positions at numerous state and public institutions of higher learning, including: University of Utah, Sonoma State University, Bucknell College, Bates College, University of South Florida, Texas Women’s University, George Mason University, Bryn Mawr, Cornish College for the Arts, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, University of Western Washington, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Northwest School and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
The UW Department of Dance is committed to making a performer’s transition into university teaching a rich and supportive experience.
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Chamber Dance Production
- Dance Research Methods
- Dance in Higher Education
- Dance Administration
- Choreographer/Composer Collaboration
- Choreographer/Composer Collaboration Performance
- Dance Production Seminar
- Master's Project
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesTheatre & Dance View 291 other Masters in Theatre & Dance in United States
All aspects of the application are submitted online, including:
- Statement of purpose of 1-2 pages in length outlining professional dance experience, reasons for seeking an MFA degree at the UW, and career expectations.
- Current resume.
- One performance link (maximum 10 minutes - Vimeo/YouTube) demonstrating a range of technical and performance accomplishments. Please only provide one link.
International18978 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9489 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
National10588 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 5294 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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