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. Applications are also not processed over weekends.
If you submit on November 30, it might take until December 9-10 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: Does the paper need to be from a class? Does it need to be graded?
You may use or repurpose a paper that you have written for a class. It does NOT need to be graded.
Q: Can I use one of my UC personal insight responses for the personal statement prompt?
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 wants 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: I need some help deciding on a topic for my research paper. Any advice?
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. 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, and discuss this interest in your essay. 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 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 paper is about how social outreach programs engage at-risk youth and lead to a reduction in crime.
VIDEO AUDITION INFORMATION
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) asks all applicants to audition by pre-recorded video only. We will not hold live auditions for this year’s admission cycle (Fall 2021).
A Message from the WACD Dance Faculty:
"We understand that you are applying to college in extraordinary times. We expect that many of you may not have access to quiet studios, updated technology, or instruction/mentorship. We have designed our video audition guidelines so that if you have a smartphone and some space in which to move—a parking lot, a bedroom, a field, a quiet street—you can audition for us successfully. We trust in your resilience, ingenuity, creativity, and determination, and look forward to seeing what you will do!"
VIDEO AUDITION TIPS & GUIDELINES
• We encourage you to show us your interest, practice, and investment in any and all dance forms or traditions of your choosing.
• Please feel free to wear attire that complements your dancing, including costumes. Garments should be fitted so that your body is visible.
• Please record your video in horizontal/landscape format, NOT vertical/profile.
• Ensure that you are clearly visible, well lit, in focus, and that your whole body is always entirely
within the frame. No closeups.
• You may video static frame or tracking shot, whatever works best for you.
• Do not edit the visual: any visual editing (ex. cuts, fades, special effects, titles, captions) will
result in disqualification.
• With regard to sound editing, this is entirely your choice. If you are able to easily edit your audio
and would prefer to (ex. music overlay to adjust for environmental noise), please feel free. If you
are not comfortable with sound editing, please don’t worry… if, for example, you are outdoors
with amplified music and people walk past talking during your best take, the faculty will
welcome the opportunity to see how you relate to sound/music in the moment. Sound quality will
in no way be an impediment to your review.
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:
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.