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Master of Fine Arts in Dance - Admission Requirements

1. Apply to Graduate Education

You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education.

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must provide proof of English proficiency.

2. School of Film, Dance and Theatre requirements

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre requires that the following additional application materials for the MFA in Dance program be attached to your Graduate Admissions Application:

  • Personal statement relating to the School’s core values of creativity, humanity, reflection, leadership and facility with movement as illustrated in the Learning Lens
    • ​Please include URLs to examples of recent work, including one solo piece and one group piece, and other relevant creative work
  • Résumé or C.V.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from professionals in the dance field
  • Apply for the MFA Dance Interview Day by submitting the MFA Interview Day Registration Form to Jeanette.Beck@asu.edu


Application Deadline

The deadline for application to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre is Jan. 15, 2019. Your MFA Dance Interview Day Registration Form must be submitted by then.

*For those unable to attend the MFA Dance Interview Day, arrangements can be made for Skype interview.


Applying to the MFA in Dance (Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance) concentration?

Visit the MFA in Dance (Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance) concentration page for additional application information and requirements.


Interview Day Information

Interview Date
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

Interview Location
The Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


The interview is held to determine entrance into the School of Film, Dance and Theatre MFA in Dance program at Arizona State University, as well as eligibility for any available scholarships. The interview process will comprise a number of elements that enable a prospective student to demonstrate their understanding and abilities based on the core principles of the School: creativity, humanity, reflection, leadership and facility with movement.


Tentative interview schedule (Tempe, AZ)

8:15-8:30 a.m.
Registration/Task Allocation 

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Orientation to the MFA Program

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Warm-up Class

10:20-11:00 a.m.
Individual Presentations 

11:00-12:00 noon
Creative Process Workshop 

12 p.m.
Break/No Host Lunch and informal discussion with dance faculty, staff, and graduate students 

12:45-1:15 p.m.
Task Presentations

1:15-2:00 p.m.
Individual Interviews with faculty member(s) 

2-2:30 p.m.
Tempe Campus Tour (led by current students) 

Time TBA
Evening Performance


Individual Presentations – each applicant should be prepared to show a sequence of movement with which they have a special affinity or relationship (maximum 5 minutes). This can be anything from a short piece of choreography, an example of a particular movement form, a self-devised sequence, a structured improvisation, or anything which the applicant feels best conveys his or her relationship to movement. The applicant should be prepared to introduce the movement sequence and discuss his or her motivation for the choice, its context and source, and relationship to the applicant.

Task Presentations – each applicant will receive a creative task on arrival in the morning which they will present later that same day to the interview panel. The task will be abstract in nature, but open to a wide range of interpretation and implementation. It is not designed to assess an applicant’s dance skills but rather their creative and lateral thinking abilities. For example – the task might ask “with two other people, show how to fill the space.” The applicant can decide who to collaborate with and how, what the space is, and how to show it as “full.” It could take just a few moments to complete the task or up to five minutes, whatever the applicant decides is necessary to show their idea.

Interview – each applicant will be interviewed for 20 minutes by an individual member of the faculty panel about their motivations to apply, their intentions with and relationship to dance, their long term aspirations, and their sense of what they can contribute to the program.