The MFA in Dance at Florida State University prepares students to undertake a continuous and engaged physical practice as part of a rigorous embodied research trajectory. Students work individually and collaboratively to develop, analyze, and synthesize the fluid dimensions of their creative processes toward a culminating thesis project.
High value is placed on the cultivation of a sophisticated inquiry into dance artistry. The curriculum supports development of diverse skills in: classical and contemporary dance techniques, pedagogy, visual design and production, dance science, historical perspectives and critical theory, dramaturgy, musical inquiry, as well as technical and artistic integration of dance-specific technologies.
The candidate’s culminating project is a graduate creative thesis. Each thesis may reflect choreographic and/or performance work in combination with other areas of focus that the candidate may have pursued. A faculty member serves as thesis mentor and is designated by mutual agreement of the student, the MFA program director, and the mentor. Candidates will receive detailed procedures for accomplishing this creative thesis, which also includes a formal creative thesis proposal and a post-project conference with faculty and production staff.
The required comprehensive examination consists of two parts, written and oral. It is scheduled no earlier than the term in which the student is completing all required coursework. The student must enroll in DAN 5960 for the term in which the exam is taken.
DAA 5118 (3) – Contemporary Dance
DAA 5218 (3) – Ballet
DAA 5618 (3) – Choreography
DAA 5648 (2,2) – Choreographic Project
DAA 5688 (1,1,1) – Dance Ensemble (Dance Forum attendance)
DAN 5158 (3) – Theory of Dance Performance and Directing
DAN 5190 (3) – Theory and Practice of Dance Technique
DAN 5191 (3) – Seminar in Dance Research
Additional dance history course (3)
DAN 5510 (3) – Visual Design for Choreography
DAN 5508 (3) – Studies in Dance Technology
DAE 5305 (3) – Science of Dance Training
DAN 5972 (6)
DAN 5960 (0)
The total credit requirement for graduation is a minimum of 66 semester hours.
Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students and often combines teaching and research or a combination of different work responsibilities. When applying, it is important to include as much information as possible about special abilities, interests, and experience.
How to Apply for Aid: Download, complete, and return the GraduateApprenticeshipAssistantshipApplication.
Jen Atkins, PhD
Graduate Program Director
School of Dance
P.O. Box 3062120
Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2120