PRO TIP for this major: turn in your UC application sooner rather than later.
When you submit your UC application, your application is logged at the main UC offices in Oakland. Then, the confirmation record is forwarded to UCLA Arts. Once we receive your record, we grant you access to your department supplement.
This confirmation record typically takes 1-6 business days to process from the UC mainframe, which processes for all nine undergraduate UC campuses. As the November 30 deadline approaches, the confirmations tend to lag more because most students—upwards of 75%-- submit within the last 48 hours prior to the deadline. Additionally, processing can be delayed by the Thanksgiving holiday, because applications are not downloaded on holidays. We also do not process over weekends.
If you submit on November 30, it might take until December 8-9 for your confirmation to come through, depending on holiday/weekend timing. Turning in the UC application sooner will give you more time to log into and work on the supplemental application.
Q: I haven’t written a research paper, what do I do?
For the research paper sample, the admissions committee is most interested in getting a sense of your academic writing, generation and presentation of original thought, a strong thesis statement supported by critical analysis, and proper citation of sources. You may write on any and all subject matter that you feel is relevant to your overall presentation to the department.
Here are some links that describe the definitions of different types of research papers, as well as help on how to write one. You may choose to write a new paper to fulfill this assignment, or you may find that something you have already written falls under these guidelines.
Q: My research paper is longer than 12 pages.
You may edit down the paper to fit 12 pages, or you may include an excerpt. If you submit an excerpt, you may include a short note explaining that your submission is part of a longer paper.
If the body of your paper is at or less than 12 pages but your bibliography/reference page puts you over the 12-page limit, it is acceptable to upload the entire document even if the total page count is over 12 pages. As long as the actual body of the paper does not exceed 12 pages, the faculty will accept the document.
Q: My research paper is shorter than 6 pages.
You will have to add content to your research paper until the paper is six pages long.
Please note that a cover page, and a reference list DO count towards the total 6-12 pages.
Q: Can I use one of my UC personal insight responses for the department supplemental prompt that responds to the department mission statement?
Your audience for your UC responses are “general UC readers”, and your audience for the UCLA Arts supplemental essays are your department faculty. The department faculty will read the supplemental essays first, and do have access to your UC responses. In the event that the reviewing faculty want more information about an applicant, they may refer to the UC responses. It is in your best interest to make your UC responses distinct from your UCLA Arts supplement essays.
Q: The research paper says that the content needs to relate to the Dance BA. My paper isn’t about dance… what do I do?
The research paper can be on any topic. It does not have to be about *dance*, but the department would like to see papers that relate to the *Dance BA*, which pertains to your overall interest and anticipated experience within the major.
From the department mission statement:
“Defined by a dynamic blend of theory and practice, World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) is led by a renowned faculty of scholars, activists, curators, filmmakers, and choreographers dedicated to critical cross-cultural analysis and art-making. Our department is the place to make dances, explore digital media, curate exhibitions, become an arts activist, and develop scholarly expertise in culture and the arts. We draw upon multiple disciplines and artistic approaches while encouraging students to position their work within broad social contexts.”
The department is asking students to consider their practice from a variety of contexts. Within the supplemental application, you are building a holistic presentation for the faculty. The audition is one piece, but all elements of the application create an overall impression for the faculty so hopefully your research paper ties in somehow.
Here are a few examples of how the supplemental application could look for different kinds of dance applicants:
Example: You choreograph dances using environmental issues as inspiration. You have one letter of recommendation from your biology teacher, and one from your dance instructor. Your research paper is about water conservation... a paper that may have been written for a science class, but is readable and educational in the sense that someone without any science background can appreciate your paper.
Example: You are a dancer who wants to eventually go on to become a physical therapist. You discuss this interest in your essay. Your letters of recommendation are from your art history teacher, and from the football coach at your high school because you have been leading ballet classes for the football team to improve their agility on the field. Your research paper is about ways in which physical activity improves mood and overall mental health.
Example: You are a hip-hop dancer and a slam poet. Your essay talks about how you use performance to address social/cultural issues. Your letters of recommendation are from a civics teacher and an English teacher (because you have never taken formal dance classes; you’ve learned on your own through street dance crews and YouTube videos). Your research paper discusses common themes found in the literary works of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. You also submit Other Evidence of Creativity that is a video of you performing slam poetry, and some examples of your written poetry.
Example: You dance Ballet Folklorico. You help run a small dance studio in your community, and are in charge of the after-school component which keeps kids off the street. Your letters are from the dance studio director and your math teacher. Your paper is about how social outreach programs engage at-risk youth and lead to a reduction in crime.
Q: I'm auditioning by video. Do I have to submit my audition video by the supplemental deadline, or by the audition day?
You need to submit your video audition by the supplemental deadline.
Q: I have an injury and want to come to the live audition, but don't know if I will be fully recovered by the audition date.
First things first: please take care of your health!! Our faculty realize that applying to college is a time-sensitive process, but wish to emphasize that your long-term personal well-being is your top priority. No audition is worth forcing your body and risking further injury or even permanent damage. We want you to have a long, happy, healthy life as a human being and artist.
That being said: please contact us at email@example.com and we are happy to advise you as best we can in your particular situation.
Q: What happens if I show up to the audition day and I'm not on the list?
Unfortunately, you will not be permitted to participate in the day's audition activities. Following the December supplemental deadline, faculty review all student material during December/January leading up to the auditions. When a student arrives for their audition, the faculty are already deeply familiar with the applicant's writing samples, letters of recommendation, and academic history. While the faculty regret having to turn students away on the day of, they believe that auditioning a student without the benefit of prior review is inequitable admission procedure and would unfairly and severely disadvantage the student in the review process.
Q: What time will my audition be?
There is no pre-screening for dance auditions: if you want a live audition, you will participate in a live audition. All audition information is listed in the Dance Supplemental Application Worksheet: http://wacd.ucla.edu/undergraduate-program
Q: I am scheduled for the live audition but have to leave early. Can I schedule a specific time for my audition?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. The department will do their best to accommodate any scheduling concerns you have.
OTHER EVIDENCE OF CREATIVITY
We have provided this space so that you can include curated creative material that relates directly to your major. This space is entirely optional; your application will not be negatively affected should you choose to not submit in this area.
Here are some examples of how Other Evidence of Creativity (OEC) can be successfully utilized in the application:
For students applying to Dance: the faculty discourage the inclusion of additional student dance performance in this area. For students attending the Live Audition, the in-person performance is sufficient. For students auditioning by Video, there is a specific area for uploading dance performance/technique. We do, however, welcome videos of choreography/performance that you have developed for other performers.
Example: You are a hip-hop dancer and a slam poet. Your audition is hip-hop, and your OEC is a video of you performing slam poetry, and some examples of your written poetry.
Example: Your audition is modern dance with original choreography about protesting war. Your OEC is a short film about a pair of siblings: one who protests war, and the other who is drafted into the military.
Example: Your audition is ballet, and also includes technique in modern and Afro-Caribbean. Your OEC are of paintings based on choreographic patterns from any of the above forms as well as photos of specific source material for your choreographic inspiration.