Frequently Asked Questions

MFA Choreography Applicant Questions

How do I apply for the program?

Apply online.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Please fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and contact the JU Financial Aid office for details. To be considered for any loans, you’ll want to complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov or at 1-800-4-FedAid (our JU school code is 001495). JU Financial Aid contact information

I have had some graduate work in the past. Can I transfer in credits?

No, all of the course work in the curriculum has to be taken by all of the students.

When I submit my link or DVD should I submit one choreographic work, or a sample of different things?

If you have one work that really represents your choreographic level and voice it will be acceptable to submit that. Upload a YouTube link of selected works (12 minutes max) pasted in a Word Document.

Do I need to purchase computer software prior to beginning the program?

Students are not required to purchase any additional software for the program. The Intermedia class is taught in the face to face summer semester, so all students have access to the software in the computer labs where their Intermedia classes are held and where they have access after hours for homework.

Do I need to purchase books?

Any other purchases needed for the Fall or Spring online course work include only some books. All required books are clearly published at registration and in all course syllabi and your individual course faculty will notify you if you need a book for their course.

Do I need a certain type of computer or video camera?

If you have a lap-top or desk top computer it will be helpful to bring it with you. There are computer labs available to candidates during the residency. For the program, you can use either a PC or Mac – it is your preference. You will do a lot of video filming and sharing during your residency studies and for the remainder of your MFA. It is helpful if you have your own video camera. The style and brand is up to you – from a Flip to any camcorder, you just need to be able to connect the data to a computer from the camera. There are cameras available for check out from the department for no charge. There is free wi-fi available during the residency.

What does a typical day look like during the summer residency?

Students will be in classes all day from 9am to 5pm with a break for lunch.

Is there housing available during the summer semester?

Yes. Florida White Oak Residency: Housing is available to graduate students in the JU ‘Village Apartments’ which are 4 bedroom apartments located on the north side of campus. Each apartment has a furnished living room, full kitchen, and 4 bedrooms for single occupancy. For more housing information click here.

Latin America Residency: University Housing will be available.

If you choose to live on-campus for the summer, you will live with other MFA students in an apartment that is convenient, safe, and quiet.

What expenses at White Oak are covered?

At White Oak Plantation during the summer study, the program will provide for the cost of food for MFA students.

When would my ‘one-week campus residency’ be held?

Each student will schedule a week of his or her choice in the Fall or Spring semester working with the MFA Pedagogy Professor on scheduling. The week could be Monday-Friday, or over a weekend time frame.

What will I do during the 1-week residency?

Graduate candidates will be enrolled in the Pedagogy course and will work with the professor on designing a personal week with the JU Undergraduate students teaching classes and/or choreographing on the JU Undergraduates. If a pedagogy residency is not possible at Jacksonville University the professor will work with the student to place the residency at another institution.

How are the Fall and Spring courses taught?

These classes are taught on line by professors in the program.