MFA in Dance

Degree Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Dance
(a minimum of 45 semester course credits)


DNC 133 Applied Kinesiology (2)

DNC 157 Music for the Dancer (3)

DNC 159 Stage Production (2)


Choreography (6 semester course credits):

DNC 282 Group Choreography (2)

DNC 285 Sources and Inventions (2)

DNC 297 Ideas about Space (2)

History/Theory (7 semester course credits):

DNC 265 Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice (4)

DNC 288 Critical Acts: Dancing Strategies, Theories, and Contexts (3)

Technique and physical practice (12 semester course credits):

All students must maintain physical training commensurate with professional practice. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 semester course credits of technique over two years from the following list with a minimum of 1 semester course credit in DNC 103 Intermediate Ballet.

DNC 101 Elementary Ballet (1)

DNC 103 Intermediate Ballet (1)

DNC 107 Dance Technique II (1-2)

DNC 110 Movement Research (1-2)

DNC 113 Somatic Arts (1)

DNC 134 Dance Improvisation (2)

Thesis (8 semester course credits):

DNC 250A Thesis: Research Project (2)

DNC 250B Thesis: Writing (2)

DNC 250C Thesis: Concert (2; 2)

NOTE: DNC 250A is taken in spring semester of first year. DNC 250B is taken in fall semester of second year. DNC 250C must be taken twice, fall and spring semesters of the second year.

Students must participate each year in thesis concert pieces and other student choreographic projects to satisfy the performance requirement.

Electives (12 semester course credits)

Select a total of 12 semester course credits from the following list with at least one course chosen from DNC 270 or above. (Electives or seminars in other departments with approval from dance faculty may also apply.)

DNC 113 Somatic Arts (1)

DNC 176 Dance Cultures (3)

DNC 179 Laban Studies (2)

DNC 180 Special Topics in Dance (1)

DNC 231 Screendance (2)

DNC 243 Independent Project (2–3)

DNC 253 Theory of Teaching Dance (3)

DNC 254 Laboratory Teaching of Dance (2)

DNC 255A/B Repertory Dance Company (2; 2)

DNC 270 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Collaboration (2–3)

DNC 284 Choreography: Construction Project (2)

DNC 286 Contemporary Choreography: Stylistic and Contextual Investigations (2–3)

DNC 293 Contemporary Issues in Choreography (2)

DNC 296 Digital Performance (2-3)

Note: Also see the undergraduate courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog in which graduate students may enroll.

Course Schedule

Graduate Catalog

Academic Calendar


Contact Information
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Last Updated: 9/5/17