The Master of Fine Arts is offered with a choice of choreography emphasis 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. requires the following course work.

Dance Core

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

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

Dance Technique

The performance emphasis requires 18 s.h. from the following, and the choreography emphasis requires 10 s.h. All of these courses may be repeated.

DANC:3030Major Ballet I1-3
DANC:3040Major Modern Dance I1-3
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 Major Modern IV1-2
DANC:7550Graduate Modern Dance Technique Practicumarr.
DANC:7560Graduate Ballet Technique Practicumarr.

Emphasis Courses

The performance emphasis requires 14 s.h. from the following, and the choreography emphasis requires 16 s.h.

Choreography Emphasis
A total of 1 s.h. from these:
DANC:6880Dance Gala Performance0-4
DANC:6881Collaborative Dance Performance0-4
DANC:6882Graduate/Undergraduate Concert0-4
DANC:6883Faculty/Graduate Concert0-4
DANC:6884Undergraduate Concert0-4
DANC:6885M.F.A. Thesis Concert0-4
A total of 8 s.h. from these:
DANC:3150Choreography I2
DANC:3250Choreography II2
DANC:5550Collaborative Performance4
DANC:6350Graduate Choreography III2
DANC:6450Graduate Choreography IV3
DANC:6990Graduate Independent Choreography (2 s.h. for each project)6
Performance Emphasis
Both of these:
DANC:6992Graduate Independent Performance Project (minimum of 2 s.h.; taken twice)2
DANC:6350Graduate Choreography III2
At least 12 s.h. from these:
DANC:6880Dance Gala Performance0-4
DANC:6881Collaborative Dance Performance0-4
DANC:6882Graduate/Undergraduate Concert0-4
DANC:6883Faculty/Graduate Concert0-4
DANC:6884Undergraduate Concert0-4
DANC:6885M.F.A. Thesis Concert0-4

Electives

Elective non-dance department courses numbered 3000 or above6
And one of these:
DANC:3060Dance History3
DANC:3070Dance Kinesiology3
DANC:4060The Contemporary Dance Scene3

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.