Master of Fine Arts in Dance

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance program provides students with opportunities to acquire and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate significantly in the field of contemporary dance. Through the development, implementation, and expansion of individual artistic vision and goals, the program prepares students to excel in critical engagement while exploring innovative formats, venues, and creative processes as a choreographer, performer, researcher/writer, and arts leader. The M.F.A. program is a 3-year program of study focused on developing an understanding of contemporary dance practices that values individual somatic engagement and diverse approaches to implementing artistic visions in shifting professional landscapes, including the ability to use and adapt a variety of technologies in ways that will expand notions of where and how to reach dance audiences.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

63 semester credit hours, including choreography/performance culminating project and professional paper. The M.F.A. is a three-year course of study.

Special Requirements

Continuation in the program is contingent upon successful completion of the first year review.

Comprehensive Final Examination

Oral examination encompassing academic and artistic aspects of the program. May be repeated once at discretion of the committee.

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

Students are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses applied to the degree. A grade of C or below in any course will not count toward the Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree.

Attendance Requirement

The program requires one summer intensive and two weekend residencies in the Fall and Spring semesters during the coursework. Students should follow the prescribed sequence of courses, and attend all on-campus residencies and meetings.  Contact the Department of Dance for the dates of summer intensives and residencies.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance Program of Study (63 semester credit hours)

Program Requirements
Technique9
Choreography & Performance32
Dance Praxis15
Electives7
Total SCHs63

Suggested Sequence of Coursework for Those Starting in Fall of Odd Years

Year 1
Fall Odd Years (11 sch)
DNCE 5023Methods of Research in Dance3
DNCE 5101Dance Performance/Choreography1
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Improvisation)2
DNCE 5253Artistic Process3
DNCE 5281Advanced Ballet Technique I1
DNCE 5301Techniques in Contemporary Dance I1
Spring Even Years (12 sch)
DNCE 5101Dance Performance/Choreography1
DNCE 5223Historical and Cultural Study of Dance3
DNCE 5311Techniques in Contemporary Dance II1
DNCE 5903Special Topics (Dance Making Project I )3
Electives3
Summer I Even Years (3 sch)
DNCE 5233Workshop in Dance (Summer Intensive)3
Year 2
Fall Even Years (10 sch)
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Art of Remembering)2
DNCE 5301Techniques in Contemporary Dance I1
DNCE 5433Contemporary Contexts of Dance3
DNCE 5903Special Topics (Dance Making Project II)3
DNCE 5911Independent Study (Urban Global)1
Spring Odd Years (13 sch)
DNCE 5211Workshop in Dance (Somatic Practices)1
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Alternative Venues)2
DNCE 5243Pedagogical Foundations for Dance3
DNCE 5311Techniques in Contemporary Dance II1
DNCE 5903Special Topics (Dance Making Project III)3
DNCE 5913Independent Study (Culminating Project I)3
Year 3
Fall Odd Years (9 sch)
DNCE 5281Advanced Ballet Technique I1
DNCE 5301Techniques in Contemporary Dance I1
DNCE 5913Independent Study (Culminating Project II)3
Electives 4
Spring Even Years (6 sch)
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Producing Dance in the Professional Realm)2
DNCE 5311Techniques in Contemporary Dance II1
DNCE 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs63

Suggested Sequence of Coursework for Those Starting in Fall of Even Years

Year 1
Fall Even Years (11 sch)
DNCE 5023Methods of Research in Dance3
DNCE 5101Dance Performance/Choreography1
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Art of Remembering)2
DNCE 5281Advanced Ballet Technique I1
DNCE 5301Techniques in Contemporary Dance I1
DNCE 5433Contemporary Contexts of Dance3
Spring Odd Years (10 sch)
DNCE 5101Dance Performance/Choreography1
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Alternative Venues)2
DNCE 5311Techniques in Contemporary Dance II1
DNCE 5903Special Topics (Dance Making Project I)3
Electives3
Summer I Odd Year (3 sch)
DNCE 5233Workshop in Dance (Summer Intensive)3
Year 2
Fall Odd Years (10 sch)
DNCE 5903Special Topics (Dance Making Project II)3
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Improvisation)2
DNCE 5301Techniques in Contemporary Dance I1
DNCE 5911Independent Study (Urban Global)1
DNCE 5253Artistic Process3
Spring Even Years (12 sch)
DNCE 5311Techniques in Contemporary Dance II1
DNCE 5222Workshop in Dance (Producing Dance in the Professional Realm )2
DNCE 5223Historical and Cultural Study of Dance3
DNCE 5903Special Topics (Dance Making Project III )3
DNCE 5913Independent Study (Culminating Project I )3
Year 3
Fall Even Years (9 sch)
DNCE 5301Techniques in Contemporary Dance I1
DNCE 5281Advanced Ballet Technique I1
DNCE 5913Independent Study (Culminating Project II)3
Electives4
Spring Odd Years (8 sch)
DNCE 5973Professional Paper3
DNCE 5311Techniques in Contemporary Dance II1
DNCE 5243Pedagogical Foundations for Dance3
DNCE 5211Workshop in Dance (Somatic Practices)1
Total SCHs63