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Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance - admission requirements

Steps to Apply

Application Deadline: February 1. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

1. Apply to ASU Graduate Admissions

The applicaton deadline is February 1 for fall admission. Applications received after the deadline may not be accommodated. 

Prepare the following for your Graduate Admission Application:

  1. Non-refundable application fee
  2. Institutional History: Attendance dates and degree information for all institutions previously attended.
  3. Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale): Undergraduate, Junior/Senior and, if applicable, Graduate GPAs.
  4. Submit transcripts and test scores to ASU Graduate Admission Services.
  • Official transcripts: Sealed hardcopy or electronic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to ASU Graduate Admission Services. All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. If an email is requested to send your transcripts, please send to gradtranscripts@asu.edu
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-native English-speaking applicants only). Please review minimum score requirements on the website.

2. Submit the MFA Dance (Interdisciplinary, Digital Media and Performance) Application

The application deadline is February 1 for fall admission. Applications received after the deadline may not be accommodated.
Click here to start the dance application
Prepare the following items for your dance application:
  • Personal Statement: upload a personal statement that articulates why you are interested in pursuing an MFA in Dance (Interdisciplinary, Digital Media and Performance) from Arizona State University and what goals you have for graduate school.  Also address why you feel you are a good fit for the program, what you might contribute to community, and what experiences in dance and life have prepared you to be successful as an ASU MFA Dance (Interdisciplinary, Digital Media and Performance) candidate. The personal statement should be approximately 600 to 1200 words in length.
  • Teaching Sample: submit Vimeo or YouTube URLS to a teaching sample listed in the personal statement and resume or C.V. The teaching sample should be a 7-10 minute movement experience focused on any form in which you have expertise and are interested in furthering while at ASU. You should be prepared to discuss the pedagogical inspirations for the teaching sample, the main objective(s) of the learning experience, and the key movement and artistic concepts addressed in the class during your virtual interview. Participants in the sample teaching experience may come from any population with which you work.
  • Recent Creative Works: submit a Vimeo or YouTube link to examples of recent dance movement work, including one solo piece, and a group piece or other relevant creative work in your personal statement and resume or C.V. At least one of your creative work samples should clearly demonstrate your movement style and facilities. Creative work samples can be anything from a short piece of choreography, an example of a particular movement form, a self-devised sequence, an improvisational score, or anything you feel best conveys your relationship to movement. You should be prepared to discuss your submitted creative work samples and how these relate to your experiences and interests in dance during the virtual interview.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: upload your current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Letters of Recommendation: provide contact information for 3 references. Do not submit letters from relatives or close friends.

3. Complete a virtual interview

The interview process is used to determine entrance into the School of Music, Dance and Theatre MFA in Dance (Interdisciplinary, Digital Media and Performance) program at Arizona State University, as well as eligibility for available scholarships and teaching assistantship opportunities. The application materials and interview process will allow you to demonstrate your understanding and abilities in the areas of artistry, movement facility, creativity, communication and teaching. All interviews will be conducted virtually and will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline. A member of the MFA program selection committee will contact applicants via the email address provided in your application with your interview date and time. 

Prepare for your interview: you will participate in a 30-45 minute virtual interview with an individual member of the program selection committee. Plan to discuss why you chose to apply to the MFA dance program, your history and interest in dance, long term professional aspiration and what you might contribute to the dance program. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your application materials. 

The deadline for your virtual interview is March 1.

4. Decision Letters and Scholarships

Letters for fall admission will be sent in late March. Applicants are automatically considered for scholarships and if admitted, applicants will be notified of scholarship awards at the time of admission.