Auditions for acceptance into the MFA in Dance program for academic year 2023-24 will be held in person.
To register for the audition, please email Sarah M. Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the audition date.
November 10-11, 2022
Audition Registration Deadline
The registration deadline to attend the fall audition is November 4, 2022
Admission Criteria and Process
Prospective students apply through The University of Alabama’s Graduate School.
Acceptance into the Department of Theatre and Dance (MFA) program requires the fulfillment both of general criteria established by the UA Graduate School as well as particular criteria established by the department.
GRE scores are not required.
Statement of Purpose
Applicants will compose a one-page, single-spaced narrative, relating research and movement practice interests to pursuing an MFA degree within the UA program. The essay should situate candidates within the field at the present time, gathering significant details of candidates’ previous experiences, clarifying current involvement and interest in dance, and speculating about the candidates’ future intentions within the field. Reviewers are interested in getting to know something about the candidates as dance professionals through this writing.
This document should accurately reflect candidate’s completed educational background and all of their professional and related experiences to date. Document should be thorough and comprehensive.
Candidates will list Vimeo, YouTube or similar resources as hyperlinks in a Word or PDF attachment. These samples should demonstrate candidates’ expertise and interests, such as excerpts of choreography, documentation of performances, samples of dance notation or evidence of restating dance works, or dance media projects.
The dance faculty will review writing samples to determine applicants’ potential research and creative interests and to assess their competency as writers. Candidates will submit a substantive piece of writing, one that demonstrates their thoughtfulness and capacity to handle language with fluency. This writing submission must be at least four pages double-spaced but no more than 20 pages; this might take the form of a critical review, process paper, or scholarly essay.
Letters of Recommendation
At least three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted. Letters should speak to candidates’ artistic and academic strengths. At least two letters should be from someone at an academic institution (past or present) who can speak to these strengths, even if previous academic work was not in dance.
Unofficial transcripts will be required to apply. Official transcripts from prior institutions will be required after admission/acceptance.
Graduate Assistantships/fellowships are offered on a limited basis because of fluctuating funds and availability. For more info about graduate funding, please email Sarah M. Barry at email@example.com.
For more information, please contact Sarah M. Barry, Director of MFA in Dance program at firstname.lastname@example.org.