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Dance, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 15 months
, PA,
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. 


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Individualized Body Practice 
  • Practice Lab 
  • History, Theory & Criticism I 
  • Pro-Seminar I: Collaborative Pedagogies in Practice 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please contact the School of Dance or submit a request for more information if you are interested in applying to the program.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 15 months
    • Duration description
      15 months, full-time.
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic 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. 
    • Tuition Fee

      • International

        900 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 900 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
      • National

        900 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 900 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
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      Living costs for Philadelphia

      • 1313 - 2290 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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