The master of arts in dance is an academic degree focused on research-based activities related to dance aesthetics, theory, history, cultural studies, or educational perspectives. Designed for dance scholars, this master's degree is often a step toward completion of a PhD, particularly suitable for those interested in teaching.
The graduate program curriculum includes a range of courses spanning history, theory, technique, and special seminars—from Ideas About Space to Live and Media Performance. Unlike many institutions, Mills requires master of arts candidates to demonstrate an intermediate level of practical modern dance technique. Visiting artists from a variety of disciplines teach special master classes, adding energy and breadth to the program. Master of arts candidates participate in a capstone thesis project involving a substantial written thesis and oral presentation.
As a Mills dance student, you will find yourself in an intimate environment of focused study, working closely with talented peers and distinguished faculty. We'll encourage you to collaborate across disciplines with our other renowned fine arts programs to create a highly creative and innovative course of study. In addition, the Dance Department also forges new and ongoing collaborations with renowned dance artists of the Bay Area, affording students opportunities to work with esteemed local organizations. National guest artists are also invited to Mills to offer master classes and to choreograph for the annual Repertory Company season. Supported by important historical resources in the Special Collections of our F.W. Olin Library, Mills MA students enjoy an inspiring educational experience.