Screendance Certificate

Screendance as both a practice and an area of theoretical discourse is burgeoning worldwide, as evidenced by the proliferation of Screendance festivals, symposia, conferences and publications. Also known as dance for camera, cine dance, and video dance, this exciting hybrid form, which in the past has been found at the margins of practice in the fields of dance and film, is now taking a central place as an independent art form. Through the advocacy of practitioners and scholars worldwide, the field of Screendance is articulating its richly intertwined art-historical roots as a means to understand present dance, film, digital media and art practices and how they intersect in a complex discourse of ideas about the body on screen.

The University of Utah’s Modern Dance Program has played a leading role in contributing to the field of Screendance. In addition to hosting the International Dance for the Camera Festival and Workshop since 1999, the department has offered courses in the theory, history and practice of Screendance since 1998. The Graduate Certificate Program is an outgrowth of these activities and has been designed to meet the growing demand of dancers, choreographers, filmmakers and artists who are seeking a more in-depth experience in exploring the relationship between the moving body and the moving frame.

The Graduate Certificate in Screendance at the University of Utah is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Modern Dance Program and the Department of Film & Media Arts. This program provides professional level production courses with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as movement and theory classes. The Certificate requires a two-semester on-site commitment and can also be completed as an additional credential while pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance or in Film & Media Arts.

pdfDownload the Screendance Certificate required and elective courses

Certificate students have the option of enrolling in additional Film courses as well as certification in several Apple Software Solutions (Final Cut Pro, Logic, DVD Studio Pro, etc.). Students interested in furthering their dance experience at the University have the option of taking additional dance courses as well. Please note that for out-of-state students, summer tuition is greatly reduced.

To apply for admission into the Graduate Screendance Certificate Program current College of Fine Arts Graduate students should contact Eric Handman by email at .

For students not currently enrolled at the University of Utah, you must be accepted into the university either as a matriculated or non-matriculated* student. In addition to MFA students in the Departments of Modern Dance, Ballet, or Film & Media Arts, students enrolled in other graduate programs at the university are also eligible to apply.

The University of Utah accepts applications online at the APPLY YOURSELF PORTAL. For specific questions about University admissions, contact the admissions office at 801-581-7281.

To enroll in the Graduate Screendance Certificate Program, please fill out the pdfScreendance Application Form and submit the form, a current Curriculum Vita, DVD or online links to work samples, and two letters of recommendation to the program director either by email or mail to:

Eric Handman
Screendance Certificate Program
University of Utah
Marriott Center for Dance
330 S. 1500 E. 
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

FAX: 801.581.5442


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

*For matriculated students, the Certificate will appear on transcripts. Non-matriculated students will receive a Certificate of Completion.