To apply to the Department of Performance Studies, applicants must complete both the Internal Transfer Application online, and submit a statement of purpose ("Portfolio").
For the Portfolio, you should submit a two-part portfolio directly to the Department of Performance Studies:
PART 1: Performance Studies is an academic field that examines the histories and impacts of all the arts (Theater, Dance, Music, Visual Arts) on the social world, while also giving students a strong foundation in the humanities. The program allows students to pursue their academic interests and encourages students to connect their studies to their outside artistic practices.
For the Portfolio, please submit a 750-1000 word statement that addresses your interest in performance studies:
How might your academic background and passion for the arts be guided further by Performance Studies?
How might the strengths of our program across scholarly fields help you to realize your academic and professional goals? You will notice from our website that we are especially conversant in gender and sexuality, queer theory, race and ethnicity, philosophy, Black Studies, Dance Studies, Media Studies, Sound and Music, Latina/x and Latin American Studies, Asian and Asian-American Studies, Visual Arts and Curation.
*We are not a conservatory program in acting, dance, or music. If you are interested in applying to such programs please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
PART 2: Please submit a three to five page academic essay on a performance of your choice. It can be from any genre, medium, or historical period. We are looking for a detailed analysis of the performance, strong writing and critical thinking skills, and a well-developed argument as to how the performance impacts the here-and-now.