The Master of Fine Arts program in dance offers two emphasis areas in choreography or performance. Students must first complete the online application and then be selected to interview and audition to be considered for admission.

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 must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

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 coursework.

Dance Core

A total of 26 s.h. of core coursework is required for students in each emphasis area.

One of these:
DANC:4535Elementary Ballet Pedagogy3
DANC:4545Teaching of Modern and Contemporary Dance Forms3
All of these:
DANC:4060/DPA:4060The Contemporary Dance Scene3
DANC:5060/DPA:5060Theories of Dance and the Body3
DANC:6050Graduate Improvisation II3
DANC:6060Graduate Seminar in Dance2
DANC:6080Graduate Production Practicum1
DANC:6350Graduate Choreography III3
DANC:7990Thesis (8 s.h. required)8

Dance Technique

Choreography emphasis students select 8 s.h. and performance emphasis students select 14 s.h. from the following.

DANC:3030Major Ballet I1-3
DANC:3040Major Contemporary Movement Practices I1-3
DANC:5085Graduate African Caribbean Dance Practices3
DANC:5530Graduate Majors Ballet II1-3
DANC:5540Graduate Contemporary Movement Practices II1-3
DANC:6030Graduate Majors Ballet III1-3
DANC:6040Graduate Contemporary Movement Practices III1-3
DANC:6540Graduate Contemporary Movement Practices IV1
DANC:7550Graduate Contemporary Movement Practicum2-3
DANC:7560Graduate Ballet Technique Practicum2-3

Emphasis Courses

Students select courses from their emphasis area below.

Choreography Emphasis

Choreography emphasis students complete 14 s.h. from the following.

All of these:
DANC:5550/DPA:5550/THTR:5610Collaborative Performance3
DANC:6450Graduate Choreography IV3
DANC:6990Graduate Independent Choreography (6 s.h. required; 2 s.h. for each choreography project)6
2 s.h. from these (1 s.h. for each performance):
DANC:6880Dance Gala Performance1-4
DANC:6881Collaborative Dance Performance Concert1
DANC:6882Graduate/Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:6883Faculty/Graduate Concert1-4
DANC:6884Undergraduate Event1-4
DANC:6885M.F.A. Thesis Concert1-4
DANC:6887M.F.A. Event1-2
DANC:6888Special Project Student Performancearr.

Performance Emphasis

Performance emphasis students complete 14 s.h. from the following.

Both of these:
DANC:5055Embodying Voice/Performing Persona3
DANC:6992Graduate Independent Performance Project (taken twice, 2 s.h. for each project)4
Minimum of 7 s.h. from these:
DANC:3885Repertory Dance Company1-3
DANC:6880Dance Gala Performance1-4
DANC:6881Collaborative Dance Performance Concert1-4
DANC:6882Graduate/Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:6883Faculty/Graduate Concert1-4
DANC:6884Undergraduate Event1-4
DANC:6885M.F.A. Thesis Concert1-4
DANC:6887M.F.A. Event1-2
DANC:6888Special Project Student Performancearr.

Electives

Choreography emphasis students select 12 s.h. of electives, including one course from the digital performing arts area; performance emphasis students select 6 s.h., including one course from the digital performing arts area.

Digital Performing Arts

One of these:
DANC:3050Body/Image: Dance and Media in Discourse and Practice3
DANC:3875/THTR:3875Topics in Digital Performing Arts3
DANC:3880/DIGA:3880/THTR:3880Installations and Interactive Performance3
DANC:3890/DIGA:3890/INTM:3890/THTR:3890Producing and Directing Digital Video3
DANC:3895/DIGA:3895/THTR:3895Performance, Art, and New Technologies in Society3
THTR:3876/CINE:3876/DANC:3876/DIGA:3876/INTM:3876Video for Performance3

Additional Electives

All students should consult their advisor for approval of elective coursework.

Courses numbered 3000 or above

Admission is based on a review of submitted choreographic and performance work, letters of recommendation, transcripts, teaching application, statement of purpose, and curriculum vitae. Selected applicants participate in an interview and audition which includes a solo dance, a teaching audition, and when possible, an on-campus visit that includes advanced classes in ballet and contemporary movement practices to determine class placement level.

Advanced technique (ballet and/or contemporary movement practices) and demonstrated accomplishment in performance or choreography are prerequisites for admission to the program. For more information, see Graduate Program on the Department of Dance website.

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

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