Master of Fine ArtsChoreography

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Two-year, low-residency, terminal degree.Why Our Program?

Jacksonville University's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Choreography is a two-year terminal degree program emphasizing choreography and the creative process of generating new works that are grounded in both classical and contemporary dance genres.

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Stimulus. Practice. AnalysisEnriching Versatility Through a Cohort-Based Program.

The MFA in Choreography nurtures the development of rigorous research and refined relationships between three aspects of creative production: stimulus, practice, and analysis.

Each incoming class is structured as a cohort of artists who progress in lockstep through the entire program, establishing strong connections upon entry during the Summer term with faculty, guest artists, and fellow candidates. These bonds will serve as educational reinforcement and edification for the duration of the program and beyond.

What to Expect

Enhancing What is Current and Innovative in the Field.

While usually in residence due to a direct response to planning, as it has related to Covid-19 safety and security of summer facilities, Summers 2021 and Summer 2022 will be delivered online.

  • The program starts with a 5-week summer intensive term.
  • Students will work one on one with graduate faculty and local mentors to expand their choreographic practice during the non-residency portion of the program.
  • A one-week residency for pedagogy is required for each candidate and may be conducted in the location of their choice.
  • Fall and Spring terms are designed and delivered for online instruction and taught by professors within the program.
  • Students will have the opportunity to meet guest artists from all over the world during the summer term.

AdmissionsHow to Apply

  • A bachelor's degree in dance is required. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than dance would be required to show significant professional experience in the field of dance with their application.
  • Complete the online JU application
  • Official transcripts of academic work from all institutions attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Artist's Statement (This should include artistic goals for the period of study)
  • Portfolio (2-10 representations of your work, preferably with other dancers performing your choreography)
A dance performance featuring MFA graduate Pioneer Winter.

"This program afforded me many opportunities to question myself and grow with new experiences and mentors. I am much more aware of the international dialogue and in a better position to contribute as a choreographer and dance researcher because of this program."

Pioneer Winter2016 JU MFA Graduate from Miami, FL

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Contact Information School of Performing Arts

Phone: (904) 256-7196
Email: graduateadmissions@ju.edu

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