MFA in Dance

MFA in Dance

Our Program: We offer two degrees, Creative Practice and Design & Production for Dance. Both programs take 2 years to complete and have 60 units of course work. Starting each year in June, a new group of 12 students completes each 2-year program together.

In addition, we also offer 6 different certificates programs.

2 dancers performing on stageThe Mission of our program:   The mission of the graduate program in dance is to provide a unique model that capitalizes on the richness and diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community. Through the lens of a liberal arts curriculum, the MFA will educate the whole dance artist, concentrating on four areas of focus: Theoretical, Somatics, Creative Practice and Production. The nature of the program is student-centered, building on peer collaboration, faculty mentoring, and student-driven projects.

The values of our program are shaped around the quest for truth, the authenticity of living, and the building of a community where sensitivity, social justice, and global awareness are at the core. Dance artists are the newest members of the global arena--imitating, creating, and challenging what society has to offer.  The graduate programs in dance seek to foster self-discovery and promote an understanding of dance as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice in which the body of the performer(s), the movement of the choreographer(s), the scenery, the costumes, and the lighting create a cohesive world for dance.

MFA in Dance Program Goals

  • To develop artists who are critically aware of the reciprocity of theory and practice, thereby promoting standards of excellence in dance practice and preparing for them for employment.
  • To enable artists to explore and reflect upon dance practice in its many forms, taking into account the social, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts in which performance practice is located.
  • To address complex issues creatively and systematically as well as develop the ability to problem-solve in a variety of artistic contexts through the engagement in practice-based research, including collaborative projects.
  • To develop one's potential for a range of practices in or associated with dance and research-based activity.
  • To enhance one's production experience and create dance artists who are capable of managing a business.


We are currently accepting applications to begin our program in Summer 2021.  Scholarships are available.

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