The Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is 2-year, full-time terminal degree that centers Dance as embodied knowledge and critical discourse across a wide range of cultures and contexts. The MFA encourages practice-based, interdisciplinary research that result in tangible contributions to communities that our graduates are uniquely equipped to undertake.
We invite applications and inquiries from artists at various stages of the career continuum, including: professional artists seeking time, at mid-career, to enrich their practice, professionals seeking to invest in or to change their careers with a specific interest in dance, and recent graduates seeking an interdisciplinary course of advanced practice and study.
The Program is open to students with expertise in movement practice from a wide range of cultures, geographies and institutional contexts. The MFA/EIP embraces a highly interdisciplinary perspective on embodied knowledge, bolstering this through required substantial coursework in related disciplines chosen from Duke's many outstanding graduate programs. During the first summer term, MFA students are required to pursue collaborative work with the American Dance Festival (ADF).
Each applicant must submit the following materials: a two to four-page written research proposal outlining their anticipated and cross-disciplinary areas of study, a statement of purpose detailing their history of movement practice and its contexts and supporting material that represents their past body of work. While follow up interviews of applicants are frequently requested to build additional context, an interview is not presently required to gain admission to the Duke MFA/EIP. Applications are submitted electronically via the general Duke Graduate School application (submitted via Apply Yourself).
Application to the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is through the Graduate School.
If you have questions or technical issues completing the application, please reach out to Graduate School Admissions at 919-684-3913. For answers to other questions regarding our program, reach out to our Director of Graduate Studies.