Students in the UCI Dance Department discover that performance opportunities, creative projects and theoretical studies complement and reinforce each other. This is a supportive educational environment for students to create, perform, analyze and study dance from historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives.
The UCI Dance Graduate Program offers the degree of Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Dance. This is an intensive program requiring courses in studio and academic areas. The student's individual area of interest is explored through the thesis project in the second year. Projects or written theses may be pursued in choreography, dance media and technology, dance training, dance history, dance science and dance reconstruction.
In the UCI Dance Undergraduate Program, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is designed for students who want a broad undergraduate background in the arts as preparation for careers or graduate work in related fields. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program, with specializations in Performance and Choreography, is a conservatory-like program designed for students who wish to prepare intensively for careers in those areas.
Please refer to the UCI Catalogue for details on degree requirements and course listings.
As a student in the UCI Dance Department you will be part of the outstanding legacy and potential that define our program. In 1965 our founding chair Eugene Loring, with a dedicated group of dance artists and scholars, had the vision to create a professionally oriented university dance program that has since achieved national and international recognition.
Looking for the next step in your dance career? Consider pursuing an M.F.A. in Dance at the University of California, Irvine to secure your future in the dance world. You can expand your creativity while finding fresh choreographic inspiration and exploring other aspects of dance from a variety of perspectives.
The Department of Dance fosters an educational environment in which performance opportunities, creative projects, and theoretical studies complement and reinforce each other, providing a foundation for careers in dance.
Graduates of the UCI M.F.A. in Dance have held full-time faculty positions at many colleges and universities. Others work as choreographers, dancers, dance company directors, Pilates teachers, studio and high school teachers, arts administrators, and in other areas of dance and the arts.