Programs of Study
Fei Tian’s undergraduate degree programs are rigorous and designed for the serious aspiring artist who seeks a professional career or advanced studies in classical Chinese dance, music, or production and design.
Fei Tian currently offers the following undergraduate degree programs:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Classical Chinese Dance
- Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Stage Production and Design
Admission to the College’s undergraduate degree programs requires all of the following:
- Attainment of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
- Background or demonstrated interested in the chosen field of study
- Good character
- Potential to achieve a professional level
However, these requirements serve merely as a threshold to admission. The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the application package. Furthermore, for dance and music applicants, the applicant’s audition is a key component.
A complete application for undergraduate admission includes the following materials:
- A completed application form
- Application fee ($50) or fee waiver*
- Test scores
- Personal statement
- Two recommendations
- Performance recording (dance and music applicants only)
- Résumé and/or Portfolio
- At least two recent photographs of the applicant (dance applicants only)
Performance Recording Applicants to the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program must submit a 15-minute video file of the applicant performing classical Chinese dance and/or another dance form. 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 BM degree program must submit a 15-20-minute unedited video recording of the applicant performing the selected repertoire. 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. 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.
Portfolio Applicants to the BFA in Stage Production and Design degree program must submit a portfolio including any and all material relevant to the applicant’s prior experiences as a stage technician or designer. The portfolio must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name and a list of the materials contained. After review of the portfolio and application, applicants who advance to the next round may also be scheduled for an interview.
Photographs Dance 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).
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:
- An exceptional background or high school performance in courses related to the intended program of study, as demonstrated by achievements in competitions, standardized tests, awards, etc.
- An exceptional level of artistic achievement or artistic potential.
- Great motivation and maturity in challenging situations.
Such individuals, if enrolled, may need remedial coursework which could extend the time needed to complete their programs.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com . Alternatively, applications may be sent by postal mail to:
Attn: Admissions Committee
Office of Admissions and Records
Fei Tian College\ 140 Galley Hill Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729
Application fees are non-refundable, and application materials will not be returned.
Submitted applications are sorted and screened by the Office of Admissions and Records and then sent to appropriate admissions officers. Individual academic departments then review the applications. The departments also draw up a list of dance and music applicants for audition.
The audition for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program focuses on the performance of classical Chinese dance movement combinations and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. Each auditionee should prepare two contrasting solo dances of up to two minutes each, which are set to prerecorded music. At the audition, auditionees may be asked to perform movement combinations under the instructions of the audition panel. Those who demonstrate a strong technical foundation during the first part of the audition will be asked to perform one or both of their solo dances. Auditionees may then be invited to perform a brief repertory sequence that will be taught and coached.
Dance applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become professional artists of classical Chinese dance, based on the following criteria:
- Potential for a career in dance
- Body alignment
- Coordination and flexibility
- Rhythmic accuracy
- A physique conducive to classical Chinese dance as a major or career
- Ability to replicate movement combinations
- Understanding of the special characteristics of classical Chinese dance
- Commitment to character development in the process of becoming a professional artist at Fei Tian College
The audition for the BM degree program focuses on the performance of contrasting works of classical music. Each auditionee should prepare two solo pieces of contrasting styles composed prior to 1900, at least one of which is set to musical accompaniment. Auditionees who use prerecorded musical accompaniment must bring an audio file of their music to the audition. Alternatively, auditionees may request in writing to use one of the College’s piano accompanists in the appropriate space on the audition form. Auditionees must bring their scores to the audition. At the music audition, auditionees may be invited to perform one or both of their solo pieces. Auditionees may also be asked to perform major and minor scales, as well as a sight-reading passage. Auditionees should be familiar with all clefs in common use for their instrument.
Music applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become professional musicians of classical Western and Chinese music, based on the following criteria:
- Potential for a career in music
- Musicianship potential for meeting the technical and artistic standards of the College’s undergraduate music degree program
- Ability to sight-read
- Appreciation of classical Western and Chinese music and cross-cultural music
- Commitment to character development in the process of becoming a professional musician at Fei Tian College
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.