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Fine Arts (Contemporary Dance), MFA

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The Master of Fine Arts degree, available with emphasis areas in choreography, performance, pedagogy, and complementary courses in dance science, is a terminal pre-professional degree. Candidacy for the MFA program requires an undergraduate degree with (ideally) a major in dance, equivalent training and experience, or demonstrable potential for work at the MFA level. In addition, each candidate must provide evidence of technical skill and creative ability. Participation as a part-time student is not recommended.

At the end of each semester in residence, the student’s skill and creative ability are evaluated in light of his or her work in the department. Only students who have clearly demonstrated growth and excellence are permitted to remain in the program. The award of the MFA degree is contingent upon the student’s academic progress and upon the faculty's assessment that the candidate possesses the potential to work in the field of dance on a professional level.

Students have the opportunity to perform onstage as well as to serve on the technical crews in dance concerts. The high ratio of faculty to students ensures that students will be able to work closely with highly skilled professionals. The department treats all performances as educational experiences and welcomes the participation of all students, particularly in Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol), regardless of their academic majors and career goals.

Graduates of the dance program are currently employed as modern dance company members (regionally and nationally), company directors/choreographers, and dance production managers, and as teachers, program directors, and administrators in colleges and universities. Others have transitioned into such disciplines as physical therapy and massage therapies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Craft of Choreography
  • Modern Dance Pedagogy
  • Choreography and Theatrical Elements
  • M.F.A. Thesis Production

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60-63 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all course work on the graduate level
  • Completion of the course requirements for the MFA Thesis Portfolio
  • Successful completion of the third year in performance in the Mather Dance Center mainstage season
    • Statement of Objectives
    • Academic Transcripts
    • Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Application Fee: A non refundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted
    • Test Scores
    • Applicants must have a good academic record

    Tuition Fee

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      1827 USD/credit
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      1827 USD/credit
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