Department of Dance

MFA in Classical Chinese Dance

The Fei Tian College Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Classical Chinese Dance degree program is designed for students with prior systematic training in classical Chinese dance and related professional experience who are interested in advancing their knowledge, skills, and experience in the choreography, pedagogy, theory, and/or professional performance of classical Chinese dance.

The graduation requirements for the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance include:

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 credits of graduate-level courses, including 23 credits of studio core, 11 credits of academic core, 6 credits for the Master’s Project, and 20 credits of approved elective courses with at least 10 from studio electives.
  • Fulfillment of the residency requirement, which is normally at least one year of full-time study. The residency requirement may be adjusted under special circumstances.
  • Completion of all program requirements within five years from the date of initial enrollment. Any extension requires pre-approval by the Graduate Chair of the Dance Department.

Sample graduation plans for the MFA program are available at the Department of Dance. Students are encouraged to meet with their graduate faculty advisors for individualized graduation planning and mentoring.

Credit Course Requirements

23 credits of studio core courses:

  • DAN 501R Advanced Classical Chinese Dance I (4cr, two terms)
  • DAN 601R Advanced Classical Chinese Dance II (4cr, two terms)
  • DAN 512 Graduate Choreography I (2cr)
  • DAN 521 Chinese Dance Repertory I (4cr)
  • DAN 551 Integration of Dance and Music (1cr)

11 credits of academic core courses:

  • DAN 510 Advanced Pedagogy I (2cr)
  • DAN 541 Chinese Dance Throughout the Ages (3cr)
  • LAS 550 Research Methodology in the Arts (2cr)
  • DAN 561 Seminar: Dance in Cultural Context (2cr)
  • And one of the following:
    • DAN 523 Holistic Health for Artists (2cr)
    • DAN 631 Dance Kinesiology (2cr)

20 credits of approved electives specified as follows:

  • At least 10 credits from the following studio electives
    • DAN 531 Acting for Stage (1cr)
    • DAN 612 Graduate Choreography II (2cr)
    • DAN 621 Chinese Dance Repertory II (4cr)
    • DAN 602 Techniques of Other Dance Systems: Ballet I (2cr)
    • DAN 603 Techniques of Other Dance Systems: Ballet II (2cr)
    • DAN 555 Graduate Practicum (4cr)
    • DAN 556 Independent Study or Project (1-6cr)
    • DAN 671 Internship (4cr)
  • Approved academic electives
    • DAN 511 Advanced Pedagogy II (2cr)
    • DAN 610 Psychology in Dance Education (2cr)
    • DAN 562 Topics in Chinese Dance Ethnography (Seminar) (2cr)
    • DAN 663 Perspectives on Dance Aesthetics (Seminar) (2cr)
    • LAS 522 Seminar in Performing Arts Management (3cr)
    • LAS 570 Media Technology for the Arts (2cr)

6 credits of Master’s project:

  • DAN 650 Master’s Project (6cr)