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Graduate Requirements

Graduate Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Dates

Applicants must normally have completed an undergraduate degree as a dance major with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines will occasionally be considered for admission, provided there is accompanying evidence of professional dance achievement.

There are two components to complete to apply to the MFA in Dance:

  1. U-M application to the Rackham Graduate School
  2. Artistic profile for the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (SMTD)

The deadline to submit your application is December 1. Admission is by audition and interview, and careful screening of the admission requirements below. Applications are considered for the Fall Term only; we do not consider students mid-year.

Selected applicants will be invited to a two-day on-site audition and interview, which will take place Wednesday, January 18 & Thursday, January 19, 2017. Uploaded recorded auditions may be accepted from applicants who live outside the continental United States. Applicants living outside the continental United States may also qualify for funding to assist in their travel to Ann Arbor for the audition. Please contact the Dance Office at smtd.dance@umich.edu. Applicants invited to audition will receive detailed information about the audition no later than early January.

Questions about appropriate content for the application can be addressed to Professor Amy Chavasse, chavasse@umich.edu.

Questions about the digital upload should be addressed to the SMTD Admissions Office.

 

Rackham Graduate School Admissions (for review by the Graduate School)

  • Academic Statement of Purpose: a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research goals, and how Michigan's MFA Dance program will help you meet your career and educational objectives
  • Personal Statement (500 words or fewer): How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. NOTE: avoid repeating your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for artistic growth in the field-at-large and in a graduate program.How to submit recommendations
  • Transcripts The Graduate School requires official transcripts (or “academic records” as referred to by some international schools) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress. How to submit your transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé (Up to 4 pages in length): Your cv/resumé should include education; work experience, including choreographic, performance, and teaching experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagement; honors and awards; publications (if applicable).
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate adequate English proficiency and are required to provide one of the official score reports from TOEFL, ECPE, IELTS and/or MELAB. Please see International Applicants page.
  • Application to the Universityof Michigan MFA in Dance program does NOT require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

SMTD Artistic profile (for review by the Dance faculty)

  • Creative Work Sample: videos of complete creative work (not excerpts) of choreography. If applicable, please also send samples of screendance work. Maximum number of submissions: three complete works.
  • Writing Sample: a 5- to 10-page sample of previously completed research. This sample does not have to be dance-related but should be written in an academic register and conform to scholarly practices in terms of format, in-text and bibliographic references, etc.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research goals, and how Michigan's MFA Dance program will help you meet your career and educational objectives
  • Personal Statement (500 words or fewer): How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. NOTE: avoid repeating your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé (Up to 4 pages in length): your cv/resumé should include education; work experience, including choreographic, performance, and teaching experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagement; honors and awards; publications (if applicable).
  • Unofficial Transcripts: upload an unofficial or official transcript from each previous college or university attended.
  • Upload a recent photograph or headshot.

 

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Dancing Americas Power Concert 2011, Beck

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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