Master of Fine Arts Degree

Dance is a way of knowing.

Dance is a way of knowing one’s self in relation to one’s community.

Dance is a way of knowing one’s place in the world.

Dance is a way of embodied knowing.

The Department of Modern Dance cultivates ways of embodied knowing through our humanistic environment. We are a vibrant community of students and faculty exploring dance through performance, improvisation, choreography, theory, technology, and interdisciplinary research. 

We encourage risk-taking in the context of focused experiential and mentored education for our students. Our community embraces age, race, ability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious and socio-economic diversity. 

The University of Utah MFA in Modern Dance produces dynamic contributors to an ever-changing field.
Our graduates are professionally, intellectually and creatively adaptable.

The MFA curriculum is designed to be tailored toward individual interests as well as develop a community of graduate students. This approach develops candidate’s physical, artistic, theoretical and pedagogical points of view while enhancing their collegial network. MFA candidates conduct a creative and theoretical thesis research project of their own design while accruing credits in four modules of overlapping study; Physical Practice, Creative Practice, Theoretical Practice, and Pedagogical Practice.

Acceptance into the Modern Dance Graduate Program is determined by audition. The audition offers an opportunity for prospective students to observe our program and for faculty to assess each student’s potential for success in our program.  Applicants wishing to be considered for departmental scholarships and/or Graduate Assistantships in their first year are required to attend the audition, plus have all appropriate application materials to us by March 1, 2015.