ADMISSIONS

Graduate

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Fei Tian College welcomes all aspiring and qualified students to apply for its graduate programs. The College is looking for outstanding students with strong artistic background and potentials, professional qualities to be leaders of the field, and the passion for facilitating cross-cultural communications through their art form.

Fei Tian College admits students of any race, color, gender, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College.

General Requirements

General admission requirements for all degree seeking graduate students generally consist of the following aspects.

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from an accredited institution of higher education in the US or a recognized international institution, earned by the expected date of entry into the graduate program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate course work. If your undergraduate or graduate GPA is below 3.0 or if your degree is from an unaccredited college or university, please submit standardized test scores, such the GRE, GMAT, or EPP.
  • Adequate preparation and potential for success in the proposed art form as a professional. While GPA is generally an important consideration, the creative ability and the potential for professional success of the candidate are significant factors in the admission process.
  • Proof of English language proficiency, required for international applicants who have not studied at an undergraduate level or employed professionally for more than two years, in an institution/company where English is the primary language.
  • A passion for the unique art forms at Fei Tian and for facilitating cross-cultural communications through their art form.
  • The ability and desire to collaborate with other artists, including artists from dance and/or music, in a creative environment.

Chinese language proficiency is desirable, but is not required, though the student should expect to learn necessary Chinese needed by their program studies.

In addition to the general college-wide criteria, each degree program has its own expectations for a successful graduate student.

Program Requirements

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Classical Chinese Dance

The MFA in Classical Chinese Dance program at Fei Tian College is designed for dancers who have completed undergraduate studies and systematic training in classical Chinese dance. The intention of the program is to accommodate seasoned artists, who wish to further cultivate their study of Chinese dance within the areas of choreography, pedagogy, theory, and/or performance.

In order to be admitted into the MFA program, the candidate must exhibit, in addition to the general admissions standards:

  • Prior professional training or extraordinary potential in classical Chinese dance
  • Professional experience in the performance, production, choreography, and/or teaching of classical Chinese Dance
  • Experience or a keen interest in cross-cultural communication through dance
  • Competency during live audition, to show one’s artistic potential and aptitude as a dancer.

Live Audition
As part of the admissions process, applicants who passed the initial screening will be invited to a live audition. The live auditions generally take place at the Fei Tian campus in New York at designated periods throughout the year.

Applicants will be notified about the details—including the date, time, venue, the required works, and the agenda in about a month in advance when the pre-screening results are announced. A typical audition day consists of an audition, interviews with the graduate faculty of the department, and campus tour. The audition provides an opportunity for the applicant to understand the unique features of the curriculum, campus environment, and level of commitment required to successfully complete the degree program.

For the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance, the audition consists of a condensed class in Classical Chinese Dance technique and lasts 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 (no longer than three minutes) solo dance piece that the applicant has learned or choreographed. Music used for solos should be playable from an mp3 player or similar device.

Master of Music (MusM) in Performance

The Fei Tian College MusM in Performance program is designed for students who have received undergraduate training in an applied instrument or vocal studies, have had performance experience, and are interested in advancing their musical knowledge and skills as well as to broaden their artistic experience in the integration of classical Western and Chinese music.

In order to be admitted into the MusM program, a successful candidate must exhibit, in addition to the general admissions standards:

  • Prior professional training in an applied instrument or vocal studies
  • Passing pre-requisite exams in aural skills, music theory, music history, and keyboard, or completing remedial courses
  • Experience in solo performance, ensemble performance, music composition, and/or music teaching
  • Experience or proof of keen interest in cross-cultural communication through music
  • Music competency during live audition, to show one’s aptitude as a musician.

As part of the admissions process, applicants who passed the initial screening will be invited to a live audition. The live auditions generally take place at the Fei Tian campus in New York at designated periods throughout the year.

For MusM program applicants, the audition consists of four parts, not to exceed 30 minutes in total: (1) performance of required works; and (2) performance of a sight-reading excerpt. The Department of Music shall provide a piano accompanist for the audition. Percussion and vocal applicants should inquire about special audition requirements.

Applicants will be notified of the details—including the date, time, venue, list of required works, and the audition day agenda—about a month in advance when the pre-screening results are announced. A typical audition day consists of the audition, interviews with the graduate faculty, and a campus tour. The audition day activities provide an opportunity for the applicant to better understand the unique features of the graduate curriculum and campus environment at Fei Tian, and the level of commitment required to successfully complete the program.

The Application Package

A complete application package should contain the following materials:

  • Completed and signed application form along with a non-refundable processing fee of $75.
  • Statement of objectives in a well-developed essay of 750 to 1,000 words that explain your focus and artistic vision in dance or music.
  • Resume detailing experience in dance or music, education, scholarship, professional experience, and/or public leadership, accompanied by a portfolio of previous professional work (if apply).
  • Two letters of reference from qualified academic or professional personnel on your artistic and/or academic strengths.
  • Official transcripts from each and every college or university you have ever attended.
  • Proof of English proficiency for international students, through one of the following: TOEFL (or IELTS) score, an official transcript verifying completion of secondary education in which English is the primary language of communication, or a report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of courses. The candidate may request Fei Tian College to arrange a phone or in-person interview to assess his/her English language proficiency. Special consideration may be given to candidates with exceptional talent in the arts.
  • Optional proof of Chinese proficiency for non-native Chinese speakers, such as HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or TOP (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language)
  • Pre-screening video of solo dance or music performance (must be recorded within the six months before the date of application as written on the application form)
  • Any supporting artistic or creative materials the candidate thinks will help the admissions committee evaluate his or her artistic background, creativity, and/or potential
  • Photo (4”x 4”; digital format)

Application fees are not refundable and application materials are non-returnable.

Send your complete application package to:
Office of Admissions and Records
Fei Tian College
140 Galley Hill Rd
Cuddebackville, NY 12729-5225

Or email to: graduateadmissions@feitian.edu

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.