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.

  • The program starts with a 5 to 6-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.
  • 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.

The 2022 Summer residency will be held in a highly-flexible online format from June 20 until August 1. Most courses will be offered asynchronously unless otherwise stated on your course schedule. From July 12 to July 22, students will also have the opportunity to participate in an optional in-person experience on campus at JU and will work with guest artists including Amy Miller, Roberto Forleo, Christa "Fatoumata" Sylla, Dwayne Scheuneman, and Nita Little. Students who choose not to attend in person will have the opportunity to stream the events virtually. Please note that if you do choose to attend this in-person experience, you will need to secure off-campus housing.  

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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