Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Program Purpose

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance program seeks to help professionally experienced dance artists who have been trained systematically at the undergraduate level either in Classical Chinese Dance or Classical Ballet to acquire artistry, knowledge, and competency to become lead or principal dancers, managers, college faculty, researchers, or scholars so they can help preserve, promote, and facilitate cross-communications between Classical Chinese Dance and Classical Ballet in diverse cultural settings.

Program Objectives

  1. Refine students’ technical proficiency and artistry in classical ballet or classical Chinese dance, for pursuing professional careers in performance, choreography, pedagogy, or administration. 

  2. Enable students to create original choreographic works, both independently and in collaboration with others, as well as to conduct research in dance.

  3. Equip students with requisite knowledge and skills for teaching and explaining dance in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts through both verbal and written languages, to audiences of diverse backgrounds.

Program Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Students will maintain technical proficiency while refining one’s expression in Classical Ballet and/or Classical Chinese Dance.

PLO2: Students will develop further insight into movement range, processes and mechanics, and movement principles in Classical Ballet and/or Classical Chinese dance.

PLO3: Students will choreograph works that embody one’s own artistic philosophy, style, and intellectual insight. 

PLO4: Students will be able to resourcefully conduct research, and effectively utilize knowledge for investigative purposes and theoretical inquiry.

PLO5: Students will display extensive dance knowledge that encompasses the areas of history, theory, science, and education, and be able to describe their interrelation.

Curriculum Overview

The MFA in Dance is a 60-credit program that includes studio courses in advanced techniques, expanded repertories, and choreography for both Classical Chinese Dance and Classical Ballet; academic courses in pedagogy, history, and theory; related cultural knowledge; research methodology; and arts administration.

The table below presents the curriculum breakdown for the MFA. In addition to providing systematic training and advancement in Classical Chinese Dance and Classical Ballet, the MFA curriculum contains a required course on the integration of dance and music with an emphasis on practical professional experience.

Curriculum Structure for MFA in Dance

Area

Credits

Studio Core Requirements

23

 

Concentration courses, one of

22

 

 

Classical Chinese Dance

 

 

 

   Techniques

16

 

 

   Repertoire

4

 

 

   Choreography

2

 

 

Classical Ballet

 

 

 

   Techniques

16

 

 

   Repertoire

4

 

 

   Choreography

2

 

Fei Tian Feature Course

1

Academic Core Requirements

11

 

Pedagogy

2

 

History and Theory

3

 

Dance Science

2

 

Research

2

 

Fei Tian Feature Course

2

Electives Requirements

20

 

Studio Electives

10

 

Academic Electives

10

Master’s Project

6

Total Required Credits for Graduation

60

Graduation Requirement

Students must complete all the required credits in the Studio Core Requirements, Academic Core Requirement, Free Electives, and the final Master’s Project with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to graduate.

Course List

The following table lists the courses for the MFA in Dance Program.

Course List for MFA in Dance Program

Code

Course Title

Cr

Prerequisite(s)

Studio Core (23 cr)

  

Choose one of the following concentrations

  

Classical Chinese Dance Concentration (22 cr)

22

 

 

Techniques

  

DAN501R

Advanced Classical Chinese Dance I

8

 

DAN601R

Advanced Classical Chinese Dance II

8

DAN 501R

 

Choreography

  

DAN512

Graduate Choreography I: Classical Chinese Dance

2

 
 

Repertoire

  

DAN521R

Repertory I: Classical Chinese Dance

4

 

Classical Ballet Concentration (22 cr)

22

 

 

Techniques

  

DAB501R

Advanced Classical Ballet I

8

 

DAB601R

Advanced Classical Ballet II

8

DAB 501R

 

Choreography

  

DAB512

Graduate Choreography I: Classical Ballet

2

 
 

Repertoire

  

DAB521R

Repertory I: Classical Ballet

4

 

Fei Tian Feature Course 

1

 

DAN551

Integration of Dance and Music

1

 

Academic Core (11 cr) 

  

 

Pedagogy

  

DAN510

Advanced Pedagogy I 

2

 
 

History and Theory

  

DAN542

Dance Throughout the Ages

3

 
 

Dance Science (choose one from)

  

DAN523

Holistic Health for Artists

2

 

DAN623

Dance Kinesiology

2

 
 

Research

  

LAS550

Research Methodology in the Arts

2

 
 

Fei Tian Feature Course

  

DAN561

Seminar: Dance in Cultural Context

2

 

Electives (20 cr) 

  

Studio Electives (At Least 10 cr), Require from the following

  

DAN 531

Acting for Stage

1

 

DAN532

Modern Dance

2

Instructor approval

DAN612

Graduate Choreography II: Classical Chinese Dance

2

DAN 512

DAN621R

Repertory II: Classical Chinese Dance

4

DAN 521

DAB612

Graduate Choreography II: Ballet

2

DAB 512

DAB621R

Repertory II: Ballet

4

DAB 521

DAN645

Intermediate Techniques of Classical Ballet I

2

 

DAN646

Intermediate Techniques of Classical Ballet II

2

DAN 645

DAN641

Intermediate Techniques of Classical Chinese Dance I

2

 

DAN642

Intermediate Techniques of Classical Chinese Dance II

2

DAN 641

DAN555

Graduate Practicum

4

 

DAN556

Independent Study or Project

1-6

 

DAN671

Internship

4

 

Academic Electives (At Least 10 cr), Require from the following 

 

DAN511

Advanced Pedagogy II

2

DAN 510

DAN611

Psychology in Dance Education

2

 

DAN563

Topics in Dance Ethnography

2

 

DAN663

Perspectives on Dance Aesthetics

2

 

LAS522

Seminar in Performing Arts Management

3

 

LAS570

Media Technology for the Arts

2

 

Master Projects (6 cr) 

  

DAN650

Master’s Project

6

LAS 550

Total Credits Required for Graduation 

60