Department of Dance

MFA in Classical Chinese Dance

Fei Tian’s MFA in Classical Chinese Dance is a terminal degree in the field of classical Chinese dance. This program is designed to produce new leaders and experts within the field through advanced multidisciplinary studies and research in choreography, theory, pedagogy, and professional performance. The degree qualifies its graduates to work in a variety of leadership capacities in academic, artistic, and professional settings.

Individuals admitted to the program are expected to have completed systematic undergraduate training in classical Chinese dance and have amassed related professional performance and/or teaching experience with a high degree of artistic achievement.

The academic requirements for graduation are: (1) satisfactory completion of the program requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0; (2) 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); and (3) 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 department.

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

Program Requirements for the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance (60 credits)

Studio Core (23 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN501R Advanced Classical Chinese Dance I 4, two terms
DAN601R Advanced Classical Chinese Dance II 4, two terms
DAN512 Graduate Choreography I 2
DAN521 Chinese Dance Repertory I 4
DAN551 Integration of Dance and Music 1

Academic Core (11 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN510 Advanced Pedagogy I 2
DAN541 Chinese Dance Throughout the Ages 3
LAS550 Research Methodology in the Arts 2
DAN561 Seminar: Dance in Cultural Context 2
Select one of the following
DAN523 Holistic Health for Artists 2
DAN631 Dance Kinesiology 2

Master’s Project (6 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
DAN650 Master’s Project 6

Approved Electives (20 Credits, including at least 10 Studio Elective Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
Studio Electives
DAN531 Acting for Stage 1
DAN612 Graduate Choreography II 2
DAN621 Chinese Dance Repertory II 4
DAN602 Techniques of Other Dance Systems: Ballet I 2
DAN603 Techniques of Other Dance Systems: Ballet II 2
DAN555 Graduate Practicum 4
DAN556 Independent Study or Project 1-6
Non-Studio Electives
DAN511 Advanced Pedagogy II 2
DAN610 Psychology in Dance Education 2
DAN562 Topics in Chinese Dance Ethnography (Seminar) 2
DAN663 Perspectives in Dance Aesthetics (Seminar) 2
LAS522 Seminar in Performing Arts Management 3
DAN570 Media Technology for the Arts 2