Admission to the College’s baccalaureate programs require a high school diploma, background in the applicant’s chosen field, high moral character, and potential to become a professional.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Classical Chinese Dance
Generally, applicants for the BFA program in Classical Chinese Dance are expected to have a minimum of two years’ experience with classical Chinese dance and/or other dance training. There is a pre-screening of applicants for which applicants must submit, as part of the application package, a 10-minute video (video file or DVD) of the applicant performing classical Chinese dance and/or another dance form. The video must be recorded within the six months before the date of application as written on the application form. All recordings must be unedited. If an application is submitted through regular mail, the submitted video file or DVD should be clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name and the repertoire performed therein. Applicants who pass the pre-screening shall be invited for a live audition on campus.
The live audition focuses on a combination of classical Chinese dance movements. The audition process takes approximately three hours. Applicants are expected to perform movement combinations under the instruction of a panel of judges. Those who demonstrate a strong technical base during an initial session will be called back to perform one or two solos, each of no more than two minutes in length. Each applicant should prepare to perform two contrasting solos to musical accompaniment prerecorded by the applicant. We recommend bringing a backup CD or audio file. The panel may ask the applicant to show his or her second solo if deemed necessary. Based on the panel’s review of the solos, some applicants will then be invited to an additional callback session. This normally consists of a brief repertory sequence that will be taught and coached. Based on the faculty’s evaluation of both the solo and repertory callback sessions, some applicants will be asked to stay for a brief, informal interview in which they will be quizzed on the fundamentals of dance theory, as well as their musical and cultural background.
All applicants are ultimately evaluated on whether they have the potential to become professional artists of classical Chinese dance. Specific admission criteria for the BFA program in Classical Chinese Dance at Fei Tian College include:
- Potential for a career in dance
- Physique and body alignment
- Coordination and flexibility
- Rhythmic accuracy
- Body weight conducive to dance as a major or career
- Ability to replicate movement combinations demonstrated by a panel
- Understanding of the special characteristics of Chinese dance
- Respect for moral character and the commitment to learn classical Chinese dance in a holistic way.
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance
For pre-screening, each applicant of the Bachelor of Music in Performance program must submit as part of the application package an audio-video recording (audio-video file or DVD) of his or her performance. The video must be recorded within the six months before the date of application as written on the application form. All recordings must be unedited. Playing time should total approximately 15–20 minutes. Applicants should choose works that best represent their individual artistry. If an application is submitted through regular mail, the submitted video file or DVD should be 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 who pass the pre-screening shall be invited for a live audition on campus.
The audition for orchestral instruments comprises the playing of two pre-1900 pieces of contrasting character chosen by the applicant, major and minor scales, and sight-reading. Applicants should be familiar with all clefs in common use for their instruments. At least one of the pieces must be accompanied. Applicants must bring the score (or scores) to the audition. If an applicant chooses to use a College accompanist, he or she should indicate so when responding to the Audition Invitation and submit the score (or scores) as instructed.
All applicants are ultimately evaluated based on whether they have the potential to become professional musicians with a specialty in cross-cultural music. Specific admission criteria for the BM in Performance program at Fei Tian College include:
- Commitment to music training and a career in music performance
- Potential for meeting the technical and artistic standards of the College’s BM program
- Musicianship potential for developing into a professional musician
- Ability to sight-read
- Appreciation for Chinese cross-cultural music
- Respect for moral character and the commitment to learn both Western classical music and Chinese music in a cross-cultural setting.
General Admission Requirements
Freshman applicants are usually recent high school graduates. Initial evaluation is based on the strength of an applicant’s artistic preparation, high school coursework, grades, grade point average, and class rank, well as the level of competition in the applicant’s high school. The Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) organizes applications and forwards them to the Departments of Dance and Music for review and decision.
When applicants have comparable academic records, strong performance in high school English and History classes is a plus, and extracurricular activities, especially in arts and culture, are valued. In addition, Fei Tian College seeks to enroll applicants who have a passion for traditional Chinese culture and classical arts and for cross-culture communication.
The application essay is an opportunity for the applicant to discuss the experiences that motivate him or her to pursue studies in classical Chinese dance or cross-cultural music in a bicultural environment in the United States.
Applicants must present proper evidence of the attainment of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent at the time of enrollment.
To qualify as a transfer applicant, one must have completed at least one semester of full-time study at an institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education, or in cases of international institutions, recognized by Fei Tian College. This includes applicants who may have obtained a baccalaureate degree in another field.
A transfer applicant will be evaluated on the basis of his or her academic work in the most recent three years, be it college work or high school work, or both.
Applicants for Resumed Education
Applicants who have been away from high school or college for five years or more can apply for admission to Fei Tian College under the category of resumed education. Application procedures are the same, but the applicants under this category will be considered separately. Admission is based primarily on an appraisal of an applicant’s experience, maturity, commitment, motivation to complete an undergraduate degree, prior training, and future academic potential.
All applicants, except those in the following categories, must prove their English proficiency:
- Applicants whose primary language is English and have graduated from a high school that uses English as the language of instruction. They include applicants from countries such as Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Transfer applicants who have earned three semester credits of freshman English composition at a regionally accredited US college or university and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university recognized by the US Department of Education.
English proficiency is preferably demonstrated through an official score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). It may also be proven through performance on other tests and exams, such as IELTS, EIKEN, SAT Critical Reading, ACT English, the New York Regents English, and the AP English or History exam. Generally, FTC accepts a TOEFL score of 75 IBT or 537 PBT (or its equivalent) as proof of English proficiency.
Proficiency in Chinese is desirable but not required for admission to Fei Tian College. Transfer applicants who have not taken adequate Chinese language courses must be prepared to take the language courses necessary for graduation from the College. Those who are proficient in Chinese are required to take higher-level Chinese language courses.
While Fei Tian College specifies standard requirements for applicants under the normal admission procedure described above, it also admits students with special talents or special circumstances on an individual basis.