A master’s degree in dance or a Master of Fine Arts in dance, otherwise known as an M.F.A. dance degree, prepares students to become dancers, choreographers, instructors, studio managers or professors. Graduate programs in dance focus on the creative, technical and intellectual practice of dance from classical ballet to modern dance and yoga.
Dance Master Programs and Curriculum
In a dance masters program, students learn creative, technical, and intellectual practice enabling them to integrate body, mind and spirit, and ultimately, master the art of dance. Students gain these skills in their roles as performers, creators, and spectators. Most graduate dance programs provide coursework in the following areas:
- Experiential anatomy
- Dance history
- Lighting design and stagecraft
- Music for dancers
In order to apply for admission to master’s programs in dance, students must usually possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Many programs require an application and an audition. All programs will value experience in the field.
An M.F.A. in Dance averages two years in length, and students take a variety of coursework. Classes may include: