The Master of Fine Arts program in dance is offered with a choice of choreography or performance emphasis. Students must audition on campus in order to be admitted to the M.F.A. program.

The Master of Fine Arts program in dance requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed to be completed in four to six semesters in residence.

Students who demonstrate accomplishment in dance performance and/or choreography may apply for admission to the M.F.A. program. Applicants select the choreography or the performance emphasis before they are admitted.

The M.F.A. with a major in dance requires the following course work.

Dance Core

A total of 19 s.h. of core course work is required for both the choreography and the performance emphasis.

One of these:
DANC:4535Elementary Ballet Pedagogy3
DANC:4545Teaching of Modern Dance3
All of these:
DANC:5060/DPA:5060Theories of Dance and the Body3
DANC:6050Graduate Improvisation II2
DANC:6060Graduate Seminar in Dance2
DANC:6080Graduate Production Practicum1
DANC:7990Thesis (8 s.h. required)8

Dance Technique

Choreography emphasis students select 9 s.h. from the following; performance emphasis students select 18 s.h.

DANC:3030Major Ballet I3
DANC:3040Major Modern Dance I3
DANC:5530Graduate Majors Ballet II1-3
DANC:5540Graduate Majors Modern II1-3
DANC:6030Graduate Majors Ballet III1-3
DANC:6040Graduate Majors Modern III1-3
DANC:6540Graduate Contemporary IV1
DANC:7550Graduate Modern Dance Technique Practicum2-3
DANC:7560Graduate Ballet Technique Practicum2-3

Emphasis Courses

Choreography emphasis students select 17 s.h. from the following, as indicated below; performance emphasis students select 14 s.h. from the following, as indicated below.

Choreography Emphasis
2 s.h. from these (1 s.h. for each performance):
DANC:6880Dance Gala Performance1-3
DANC:6881Collaborative Dance Performance1
DANC:6882Graduate/Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:6883Faculty/Graduate Concert1-4
DANC:6884Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:6885M.F.A. Thesis Concert1-4
All of these:
DANC:5550/DPA:5550/THTR:5610Collaborative Performance4
DANC:6350Graduate Choreography III2
DANC:6450Graduate Choreography IV3
DANC:6990Graduate Independent Choreography (6 s.h. required; 2 s.h. for each choreography project)6
Performance Emphasis
2 s.h. from these:
DANC:6350Graduate Choreography III2
DANC:6450Graduate Choreography IV3
DANC:6990Graduate Independent Choreography (1 s.h. for each choreography project)2
This course:
DANC:6992Graduate Independent Performance Project (taken twice, 2 s.h. for each project)4
Minimum of 8 s.h. from these:
DANC:3885Repertory Dance Company0-4
DANC:6880Dance Gala Performance1-4
DANC:6881Collaborative Dance Performance1-4
DANC:6882Graduate/Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:6883Faculty/Graduate Concert1-4
DANC:6884Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:6885M.F.A. Thesis Concert1-4

Electives

Choreography emphasis students select 15 s.h. of electives, including one course each from the dance academic and digital performing arts area; performance students select 9 s.h., including one course each from the dance academic and digital performing arts area. All dance elective courses must be numbered at the 3000-level or above and subject to graduate advisor approval.

Dance Academic Courses
One of these:
DANC:3060Dance History3
DANC:3070Dance Kinesiology3
DANC:4060/DPA:4060The Contemporary Dance Scene3
Digital Performing Arts
One of these:
DANC:3050/INTM:3050Body/Image: Dance and Media in Discourse and Practice3
DANC:3875/THTR:3875Topics in Digital Performing Arts2
DANC:3880/THTR:3880Installations and Interactive Performance3
DANC:3890/THTR:3890Producing and Directing Digital Video3
DANC:3895/THTR:3895Performing with New Technologies3
THTR:3876/CINE:3876Video for Performance3
Additional Electives
Dance courses numbered 3000 or above; consult advisor

Admission is based on a review of recorded choreographic and performance work, letters of recommendation, application materials, and an on-campus audition in which applicants perform a solo dance, teach one or more classes, and take advanced classes in ballet and modern technique to determine class placement level.

Advanced technique (ballet and/or modern) and demonstrated accomplishment in performance or choreography are prerequisites for admission to the M.F.A. program.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Graduates of the M.F.A. program are successful in pursuing professional careers in performance, choreography, and teaching in secondary and/or higher education.