MFA in Dance

Degree Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Dance
(12.5 semester course credits, 8 at the graduate level)


DNC 133 Dance Kinesiology (1)

DNC 157 Music for the Dancer (1)

DNC 159 Stage Production (.5)

DNC 181 Solo Choreography (.5)

Students who have had a music course must nevertheless take the rhythmic exemption exam.

Prerequisite credits will not count toward the 12 core credits required.


Choreography (1.5 course credits):

DNC 282 Group Choreography (.5)

DNC 285 Sources and Inventions (.5)

DNC 297 Ideas about Space (.5)

History/Theory (2 course credits):

DNC 265 Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice (1)

DNC 288 Critical Acts: Dancing Strategies, Theories, and Contexts (1)

Technique (2.5 course credits):

All students must take four semesters of modern technique equaling .5 credit value per semester. Students must also take .5 credit value of intermediate level ballet over two semesters, or .25 credit value of intermediate ballet and .25 credit value of somatics over two semesters.

Note: .25 credit equals two technique class sessions per week; .5 credit equals four class sessions per week.

DNC 101 Elementary Ballet (.25)

DNC 103 Intermediate Ballet (.25)

DNC 107.01 Intermediate Modern Dance (.25)

DNC 108.01 Intermediate Modern Dance (.25)

DNC 108.02 Intermediate Modern Dance (.25)

DNC 109.01 Advanced Modern Dance (.25)

DNC 110.01 Advanced Modern Dance (.25)

DNC 113 Somatic Arts (.25)

Physical Practice (.5 course credits)

DNC 252 Action Lab (.5)

Thesis (2 course credits):

DNC 250A Thesis: Research Project (.5)

DNC 250B Thesis: Writing (.5)

DNC 250C Thesis: Concert (.5; .5)

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 semester second year for .5 credit and spring semester second year for .5 credit.

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


And select one or more electives for a total of 4 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 (.25)

DNC 159 Stage Production (.5)

DNC 176 Dance Cultures (1)

DNC 179 Laban Studies (.5)

DNC 180 Special Topics in Dance (.25)

DNC 231 Screendance (.5)

DNC 243 Independent Project (.5–1)

DNC 253 Theory of Teaching Dance (1)

DNC 254 Laboratory Teaching of Dance (.5)

DNC 255A/B Repertory Dance Company (.5;.5)

DNC 270 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Collaboration (.5–1)

DNC 284 Choreography: Construction Project (.5)

DNC 293 Contemporary Issues in Choreography (.5)

DNC 296 Live and Media Performance (1)

*Two consecutive semesters, .5 credit per semester.

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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If you have a specific question for a faculty member, please contact or call 510.430.2175.

Last Updated: 12/9/15