15 months
46530 USD/year
46530 USD/year
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The Dance MFA program at The University of the Arts aims to rethink inherited practices and consider an inclusive global future for the field. The program extends the context of learning from the studio, theater and classroom to the international festival environment as a space for learning.


Each summer, the Dance program departs from a traditional educational format by proposing instead the manifestation of temporary schools that create and enliven experimental pedagogies. Through international residencies, workshops, and symposia, the The University of the Arts MFA fosters critical conversations about the meanings, purposes, and potentialities of Dance and performance in contemporary society.


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. 

With the challenge to examine the role of Dance and dance making in the community at large, the Study Group 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Individualized Body Practice 
  • Practice Lab 
  • History, Theory & Criticism 
  • Proseminar : Collaborative Practices 
  • Thesis Workshop 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling basis admission.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Completed Online Application Form
  • Application Fee of $60 
  • Undergraduate Degree in Dance or Equivalent Experience 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent & Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Personal Interview

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

  • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English.
  • 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. 
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    Living costs for Philadelphia

    1313 - 2284 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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