Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Theatre and Dance (Acting) (TH77)

The body and mind of the actor are synthesized to serve as an instrument of expression. The actor must depend on his or her instrument to perform, and the program places great emphasis on the strengthening and tuning of that instrument. The innate talent of the student is nurtured, coaxed and challenged with individual attention from an extraordinary team of professionals and specialists in actor training.
All graduate students serve at least one professional residency with the La Jolla Playhouse and are cast in positions ranging from supporting to lead roles alongside professional actors and directors of national and international stature.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Acting)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines February 20, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Dance Theatre) (TH82)

The purpose of the MFA in Dance Theatre is to nurture the unique vision of the next generation of dance theatre artists. Students will create original works that foster cross-fertilization between choreography and other artistic disciplines. The focus of the program will encourage the development of concepts and processes, which expand the language and aesthetics of dance theatre.

The core principles of the Dance Theatre MFA are rooted in the aesthetics and methodologies of both American post modern dance and European dance theatre, whilst embracing the current surge of global cross fertilization and hybrid forms of dance, theatre, live art and new media practice. A select group of mature and emerging dance artists are invited to hone their skills, creative process and artistic voice within cross-disciplinary training, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between artists from different media and cultures. Our program seeks to redefine boundaries and stretch the choreographic and theatrical imagination into new spaces, whilst preparing students with the skills and strategies to continue into a broad range of professional contexts.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Dance Theatre)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 7, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Design) (TH78)

In 1985, we established a unique professional relationship with the La Jolla Playhouse and that relationship grows and gets stronger each year. The La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Outstanding Regional Theatre, 1993) is in residence at UCSD for extended seasons each year (May through December) in our shared facilities, the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts. They produce some of the most vital and nervy theatre in this country and they share our vision of what theatre training ought to be. MFA students in Acting, Dance Theatre, Design, Directing, and Stage Management get at least one professional residency with the La Jolla Playhouse.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Design)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 29, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Directing) (TH79)

With an emphasis on the collaborative process, the Directing Program's purpose is to develop directors with a solid foundation in the components of production and the interpretation of text, learn the specific language of theatre and express their own vision through strong theatricality, clear scenic situations, visual metaphors and innovative concepts. Individuals are encouraged to make challenging choices, to break down barriers, and to create exciting, meaningful theatre.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Directing)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Playwriting) (TH80)

The American theatre needs bold, committed, and compassionate playwrights who are connected to the world they live in. Each year we admit one or two such individuals who will be nurtured by the close individual attention and extensive production opportunities that are unique to this program. We believe that the theatre itself is a valuable teacher of playwrights and so playwrights work collaboratively with their colleagues in the MFA acting, directing, design, and stage management programs to create stimulating and meaningful works of art. The year-long development process includes a series of readings and a workshop week culminating in the Wagner New Play Festival, produced each April. The Festival provides a dynamic opportunity for all its featured plays to receive greater local and national attention as it attracts professional guests from theatre's across the country.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Playwriting)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Stage Management) (TH81)

Stage managers are the orchestral conductors of the theatrical process. The stage manager takes the words and compositions of others and interprets them, using a unique approach. Stage managers artfully integrate the needs of a production as well as the personalities of all collaborators. Traditionally, the work of a stage manager is on a continuum through all five phases of production: pre-production, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, previews, and performance. As the only collaborator involved in all of these phases, the stage manager supplies the artistic continuity of the production, creatively orchestrating the unfolding of the process.

The stage management curriculum at UC San Diego wholeheartedly embraces the practical and the theoretical, acknowledging that the most fertile ground for learning is where they intersect. We teach stage managers how to set intentions and goals, which allow the cultivation of a supportive space for creative collaboration. Stage Management students approach each production with a keen collaborative sensibility, aided by a strong knowledge of directing, design, acting, and all production areas. Students are encouraged to be curious about their collaborators, and to view themselves as artistic partners.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Stage Management)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Visual Arts (VA75)

This program is designed to provide intensive professional training for the student who proposes to pursue a career within the field of contemporary art—including art making, criticism, and theory. The scope of the UC San Diego program includes painting, sculpture, performance, installation art, public art, photography, film, video, and digital media. The program is unique in that the course of study provides for and encourages student mobility within this range of traditional and media-based components. It also offers opportunities for collaborative work.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Specializations

Cinema/Film/Media, Digital/New Media/Software/Hardware, Painting/Drawing, Participatory/Collaborative, Performance/Site/Event, Public Culture/Architecture/Urban, Sculpture/Object/Installation, Speculative Design, Theory/Text.

Department Visual Arts
Major Visual Arts
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

All application materials, including the Visual Arts Portfolio, must be submitted online. We do not accept hard copies of materials.

Application Deadlines December 5, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

The Visual Arts Department requires TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores from all international applicants whose native language is not English.


The minimum score requirement is 80 on the TOEFL iBT (TOEFL Internet based test).

Request to send your scores from the TOEFL website. Our school code is 4836. The department code is 15. There are frequent internet-based test dates. Please make arrangements to take the exam no later than November.


IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Arrangements for taking the IELTS Academic Training exam may be made through the website. The university-wide minimum IELTS Academic Training exam score required for consideration for graduate admission is Band Score 7. Applicants with marginal scores on the IELTS exam may be required to pass an English proficiency test upon arrival at UCSD or enroll in an English course until the required proficiency is attained.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Training exam -- Submit official test score reports to: Graduate Admissions, Mail Code 0003, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0003

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test bench-marked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). For registration and test information consult the PTE website.

PLEASE NOTE:
English Language Requirement for International Teaching Assistants (TA).

International students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency before they may serve as teaching assistants.

International graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English must be certified as having requisite language skills before they can serve as teaching assistants (TAs; UC San Diego Graduate Division policy in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 41).

Evidence of English Language Proficiency: Certification as Teaching Assistant Recommended Scores

Students may be certified either on the basis of their score on one of the following:

• have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 30
• have an IELTS Speaking subscore of 9.0
• have a PTE Speaking sub-score of 90,
• be an international graduate student who serves as a language assistant in courses conducted in their native language.

Those students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23 – 27, IELTS speaking scores of 7-8, or PTE speaking scores of 65-82 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam.

Students who do not pass the English Language Certification Exam are given the opportunity to improve their language skills.

Those students who are admitted but have a speaking TOEFL score below 23 will not be allowed to take the certification test. Students who fall into this category may acquire the required English language proficiency skills via courses offered in the English Language Institute and the English for Academic and Professional Development Program.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Letters of recommendation should come from individuals, preferably previous professors, who can best explain why you are prepared and would be successful in rigorous academic studies at the graduate level.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Online Statement of Purpose Only. 750-1000 word limit, not to exceed 3 pages.

Resume/CV

Recommended

Additional Requirements

Visual Arts Portfolio Requirements


All applicants applying to the MFA in Visual Arts program must complete both the standard application via Grad Apply AND the Visual Arts Portfolio via SlideRoom. There is a non-refundable portfolio review fee of $5.00 (in addition to the university’s standard application fee) which you pay online via SlideRoom when you submit your materials. Applicants must submit the SlideRoom ID in the Grad Apply application. The portfolio consists of an Artist Statement and samples of your artwork.

See the following link to view instructions https://visarts-ucsd.slideroom.com/.

The Artist Statement should aim to explain, justify, extend, and/or contextualize your body of work, while placing your work in relationship to art history, theory, and the contemporary world. The Artist statement will be read by the admissions committee and your peers in the program, while the Statement of Purpose is reviewed by the admissions committee only. For this reason, applicants may upload their Statement of Purpose in the Artist Statement portion of the portfolio, given it addresses the prompt.

The samples of your artwork should best showcase your research abilities and current/recent projects. You may create your Visual Arts Portfolio in a number of different formats. Our program is cross-disciplinary and it is not unusual for an applicant to have several different artistic mediums within their portfolio. The admissions committee is interested in seeing your most accomplished, recent work, rather than a chronology of work done over the span of your career. A good gauge would be to include work you've done within the last two years.

The Visual Arts Portfolio in SlideRoom must be completed prior to finalizing your application in Grad Apply. We strongly suggest that you begin building your portfolio when you begin the application. Applicants must provide the SlideRoom ID in the section titled: "Visual Arts Department - Portfolio Submission Information" in their Grad Apply application.

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents may request a fee waiver before submitting the application. An Application Fee Waiver request may be submitted upon completion of all components of the application, including the Visual Arts Portfolio. For more information on how to request a fee waiver, please see the link below.
http://grad.ucsd.edu/admissions/requirements/application-fee/index.html

Contact Info

Website http://visarts.ucsd.edu/mfa-admissions
Email vis-grad@ucsd.edu
Campus Office Mandeville 216
Phone (858) 534-2860
Fax (858) 534-8651
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Mandeville Center
9500 Gilman Drive, #0327
La Jolla, CA 92093-0327

Writing (LT84)

The Master of Fine Arts in Writing at the is a two-year residency program offering a degree in the areas of fiction and poetry, and is designed for students who are interested in innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to narrative and poetics. The program is also distinguished by its commitment to community building, alternative forms of literary distribution, and transborder exchange.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Specializations

Cross-genre with emphasis in Poetry or Fiction

Department Literature
Major Writing
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 1, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Online letters of recommendation only.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Online statement of purpose only; 2500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://literature.ucsd.edu/grad/mfa
Email mfawriting@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 139 Literature Bldg.
Phone (858) 534-8849
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Literature Department/MFA Program
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0410
La Jolla, CA 92093-0410