Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Programs of Study

Fei Tian’s Master’s degree programs are designed for students who have completed prior undergraduate studies in either classical Chinese dance or classical Western and Chinese music, and who are interested in advancing their knowledge, skills, and experience in their respective fields of art.

Fei Tian currently offers the following Master’s degree programs:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Classical Chinese Dance
  • Master of Music in Performance

Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission to the College’s Master’s degree program requires all of the following:

  • Attainment of a baccalaureate degree in a related field
  • Prior training and/or experience in the performance or teaching of the art form
  • Ability and desire to collaborate with other artists and colleagues
  • High degree of artistic achievement
  • Good character, as evidenced through recommendation(s)

However, these requirements serve merely as a threshold to admission. The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the application package and audition.

Application Process

Application Checklist

A complete application for graduate admission includes the following materials:

  • A completed graduate application form
  • Application fee ($75) or fee waiver*
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two recommendations
  • Performance recording
  • Recent photographs (dance applicants only)
  • Additional artistic or creative materials that may help the admissions committee evaluate the applicant’s artistic background, creativity, and/or potential (optional)

*Eligible students for application fee waivers are determined by the College. Students with financial need are welcome to complete the Financial Aid Application to find out if they qualify for an application fee waiver.

Test Scores Applicants are required to present proof of English-language proficiency through submission of either an appropriate test score (see English Language Proficiency section above for details) or a transcript verifying completion of baccalaureate studies at an institution of higher education that uses English as the language of instruction.

Applicants who are required but unable to take an English Language Proficiency test may include in their application a request for a waiver. If the request is granted, the applicant will be administered an alternative academic background assessment exam during the audition round.

Submission of a test score establishing Chinese-language proficiency is optional.

Curriculum Vitae Applicants are required to submit a CV detailing the applicant’s prior experience in dance or music, education, scholarship, professional experience, and/or public leadership, accompanied by a portfolio including any and all material relevant to the applicant’s prior experience in the field.

Personal Statement Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of 750 to 1,000 words discussing the applicant’s aspirations, focus, artistic vision, and objectives in dance or music.

Recommendations Applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation from qualified academic or professional personnel regarding the applicant’s artistic strengths and suitability for the intended graduate program.

Performance Recording Applicants to the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program must submit a 15-minute video file of the applicant performing classical Chinese dance. The video must have been made within six months of the date of application. The recording must be unedited and clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name and a list of the repertoire performed therein. After review of the recording and application, applicants who advance to the next round may also be scheduled for a live audition.

Applicants to the MMus degree program must submit an unedited video recording or concert/recital recording of between 10 to 30 minutes in length. For Western instrument applicants, repertoire must be from the Baroque, Classical, and/or Romantic periods. Applicants should choose works that best represent their individual artistry and highest technical ability. The recording must have been made within six months of the date of application. Recordings must 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. After review of the recording and application, applicants who advance to the next round may also be scheduled for a live audition.

The media type of the video could be a viewable online video link (e.g., Youtube or Vimeo), a video file sharing link (e.g., Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox), or a DVD that contains recording(s) of the applicant’s performance.

Photographs Applicants are required to submit in digital format of > 800 x 600 pixels, at least two 4″ x 4″ recent photographs of the applicant showing full-body frontal view and full-body back view (in form-fitting attire for dance applicants).

Special Considerations While Fei Tian College specifies standard requirements for admission, it also admits individuals with special talents and circumstances on the following exceptional bases:

  • Exceptional talent in the field
  • Exceptional motivation

Such individuals, if enrolled, may need remedial coursework which could extend the time needed to complete their programs.

Applying

Application forms and instructions for each of the College’s programs are available online at: feitian.edu/admissions/apply/ .

Applications must be completed in English. If any records are in a language other than English, applicants should have the records translated into English and certified.

Completed applications may be uploaded at www.feitian.edu or submitted electronically to the Office of Admissions and Records at: graduateadmissions@feitian.edu">graduateadmissions@feitian.edu . Alternatively, applications may be sent by postal mail to:

Attn: Graduate Admissions Committee
Office of Admissions and Records
Fei Tian College\ 140 Galley Hill Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729
U.S.A.

Application fees are non-refundable, and application materials will not be returned.

Pre-screening

Submitted applications are sorted and screened by the Office of Admissions and Records and sent to appropriate admissions officers. Individual academic departments then review the applications and draw up a list of applicants for audition.

Audition

The audition for the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program consists of a condensed class in classical Chinese dance technique and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. Each auditionee should prepare a solo dance that the auditionee has learned or choreographed, and which is set to prerecorded music playable from an mp3 player or similar device.

Dance applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become leading professional artists in the field of classical Chinese dance, based on the following criteria:

  • Prior systematic training in classical Chinese dance or dance competency
  • Prior professional experience in dance performance, choreography, and/or dance teaching
  • Experience or exhibiting keen interest in using the form of classical Chinese dance as a means of cross-cultural transmission of traditional culture
  • Commitment to developing character as an integral part of becoming a leading professional artist in the field

The audition for the MMus degree program focuses on the performance of two contrasting solo works that demonstrate the candidate’s highest skill level. Each auditionee should prepare two solo works of contrasting styles composed prior to 1900, at least one of which is a required piece chosen from a list provided by the department, and which in total do not exceed 30 minutes in playing length. A departmental accompanist shall be provided for the audition. Auditionees must bring their scores to the audition. Auditionees may be asked to sight-read a passage of music.

Music applicants are ultimately evaluated based on whether they have the potential to become leading professional musicians, based on the following criteria:

  • Prior undergraduate training in an applied instrument or vocal studies or music competency
  • Prior experience in solo performance, ensemble performance, music composition, and/or music teaching
  • Experience or exhibiting keen interest in using the form of music as a means of cross-cultural transmission of traditional culture
  • Commitment to developing character as an integral part of becoming a leading professional artist in the field

Decision and Notification

Based on the audition results, the admissions committee will deliberate and issue decisions on admission.

The College will notify applicants of the admissions decisions and next steps within approximately one month after the audition or interview. International applicants will be given information on the F-1 student visa, including instructions on how to apply for an I-20 from Fei Tian College.