Graduate Program Details
Want to know more about our graduate program? Here are answers to some questions commonly asked by prospective graduate students. Please refer to the current UCI Catalogue for complete program details and admission requirements.
What degree will I receive on graduation?
What are the graduate studies degree requirements?
What are the required courses?
How many years is the graduate program?
What are the admission requirements and application deadlines?
How many students are in the Dance department?
What opportunities are available for me to perform or present work?
What is the cost of tuition?
What fellowships or teaching assistantships are available?
What if I have more questions?
Q: What degree will I receive on graduation?
A: The UCI dance department offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Dance.
Q: What are the graduate studies degree requirements?
A: Normally two years of residence are required. Each candidate must enroll for three courses each quarter for six quarters, exclusive of summer sessions.
At the end of the first year, students write a proposal stating the intention for the thesis project. Students individually request three members from the full-time faculty to be on the thesis committee. Once the proposal is approved by the department, students may begin work on the thesis.
In the second year, satisfactory attainment must be demonstrated by a thesis, consisting of either:
A thesis project in choreography, dance for the camera, reconstruction, or dance technology, with a supporting paper of about 20 pages; or
A thesis with written research emphasis (such as dance history, teaching, or dance science) of about 40 to 60 pages.
Q: What are the required courses?
A: The required courses for the M.F.A. program are: Six courses chosen from any graduate or upper-division dance technique course; Kinesiology for Dance (Dance 201); Musical Resources (Dance 222); Teaching of Dance Techniques (Dance 225); Dance and Video Technology (Dance 281); two courses in Graduate Choreography (Dance 261); Movement Analysis (Dance 282); Critical Issues in Dance (Dance 283); Bibliography and Research (Dance 284); Thesis (Dance 286); Proseminar in Dance History (Dance 296) or Proseminar in Dance Ethnology (Dance 298). Highly recommended is the Dance and Digital series.
Q: How many years is the graduate program?
A: Generally it takes two years to complete the program. The M.F.A. degree must be completed within three years of entering the program. Students who do not complete the degree within that time will be dropped from the program.
Q: What are the admission requirements and application deadlines?
A: The deadline for application is January 6th. See Applying to the Graduate Program in Dance for complete information.
Q: How many students are in the Dance department?
A: Currently there are about 160 undergraduate students and 21 graduate students in the Dance Department.
Q: What opportunities are available for me to perform or present work?
A: Students perform in theaters and alternative spaces, including a new dance studio fully equipped with projection, lighting, and sound capabilities, and the Experimental Media Performance Lab, a black box theatre with flexible seating and advanced technology and video capacity.
The dance department produces four concerts per year, two of which are choreographed by graduate students.In addition, students present thesis concerts, video projects and other choreography in theaters and alternative spaces. The department also presents an informal showing of choreography at the end of each quarter.
Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: Visit the UCI University Registrar page for current tuition rates.
Q: What fellowships or teaching assistantships are available?
A: See Graduate Program Financial Aid.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: For additional information please contact:
Dance Department: +1.949.824.7283, email@example.com
Graduate Advisor, John Crawford: +1.949.824.8817, firstname.lastname@example.org
School of the Arts Student Affairs, Graduate Administrator, Megan Enciso: +1.949.824.6647, email@example.com
Pictured: Graduate Student Jess Harper coaches her team of undergraduates for the graduate student choreography showcase, New Slate 2015. Photo by Skye Schmidt.