ADMISSIONS

Graduate Admissions

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Admission Requirements

Evaluation for graduate admission is based primarily on attainment of a baccalaureate degree in a related field, the ability and desire to collaborate with other artists and colleagues, and an advanced level of academic or artistic achievement. Chinese language proficiency is desirable but is not required for admission, though students should expect to learn any Chinese needed for their program.

Requirements for graduate admission are a threshold to admission only. The final decision on graduate admission to Fei Tian College is based mainly on the applicant’s performance in the audition process.

Dance Audition

Applicants to the graduate dance program (MFA in Classical Chinese Dance) must submit, as part of the graduate application package, a 15-minute audition video file of the applicant performing classical Chinese dance. The video must be made within six months of the date of application. Recordings must be unedited and clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name and a list of the repertoire performed therein. Applicants may be invited to campus for a live au- dition if deemed necessary.

The live audition consists of a condensed class in classical Chinese dance technique and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. If the applicant passes the first part of the audition, he or she will be asked to perform a short solo dance piece that the applicant has learned or choreographed. The solo should be accompanied by music that is playable from an MP3 player or similar device.

All applicants are ultimately evaluated based on whether they have the potential to become leading professional artists of classical Chinese dance. Specific admissions criteria for the graduate dance program (MFA in Classical Chinese Dance) at Fei Tian College include:

  • Prior systematic training in classical Chinese dance or dance competency
  • Prior professional experience in dance performance, production, choreography, and/or dance teaching
  • Experience or exhibiting keen interest in using the form of dance as a means of cross-cultural communication

Music Audition

Applicants to the graduate music program (MMus in Performance) must submit, as part of the graduate application pack- age, a 15-20-minute-long audition video file with clear audio of the applicant performing classical Western and/or Chinese music. Applicants should choose works that best represent their individual artistry. The video with audio must be recorded within six months of the date of application. Recordings must be unedited and clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name, instrument, and a list of the repertoire performed therein. It is not required that the technical quality of the recording be up to professional studio standards, but the sound quality should be as good as is feasible. Applicants may be invited to campus for a live audition if deemed necessary.

The live audition includes performance of one or two solo pieces that demonstrate the candidate’s highest skill level and should not exceed 30 minutes in total. The audition usually also includes a sight-reading exam, performance of two solo pieces of contrasting character of the applicant’s choosing, and at least one required piece chosen from a list.

A departmental accompanist shall be provided for the audition. Applicants must bring their scores to the live audition.

All applicants are ultimately evaluated based on whether they have the potential to become leading professional musicians of classical Western or Chinese music and cross-cultural music. Specific admission criteria for the graduate music program (MMus in Performance) at Fei Tian College include:

  • Prior undergraduate training in an applied instrument or vocal studies
  • Competency in music
  • Prior experience in solo performance, ensemble performance, music composition, and/or music teaching
  • Experience or exhibiting keen interest in using the form of music for cross-cultural communication

Application Package

A complete graduate application package includes:

    1. A completed and signed graduate application form
    2. Application fee payment(non-refundable):$75USD payable by money order (qualified applicants may apply for a waiver)
    3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education the applicant has attended
    4. Test scores• English language proficiency

      • Chinese language proficiency,such as from HSK or TOP (optional)

    5. A curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s experience in dance or music, education, scholarship, professional experience, and/or public leadership, accompanied by a portfolio of previous professional work (if applicable)
    6. A personal statement of 750 to 1,000 words discuss- ing the applicant’s aspirations, focus, artistic vision, and objectives in dance or music
    7. Two recommendation letters from qualified academic or professional personnel regarding the applicant’s artistic strengths and suitability for the intended graduate program
    8. Performance video
    9. Recent photograph [digital format of a 4” x 4” photo- graph showing full-body frontal view of the applicant (in form-fitting attire for dance program); > 800 x 600 pixels]
    10. Additional artistic or creative materials that may help the admissions committee evaluate the applicant’s artistic background, creativity, and/or potential (optional)

       

All application materials are non-returnable.

Applications must be completed in the English language or accompanied by a certified English translation.

 

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis each year. Decisions on admission and financial aid are made twice a year: February 1 for May admission and June 1 for September admission. Applicants must specify the term they wish to enroll for, and must submit the complete set of application materials before the corresponding deadline.