The Master of Arts in Dance is a practice-oriented degree created to serve experienced dance educators, primarily in secondary and community college venues. Its curriculum is designed to broaden and deepen dance knowledge and skills for teaching dance classes and producing dance concerts. This degree elevates an undergraduate teaching credential to graduate status.
Because M.A. candidates are teaching during the academic year, coursework is completed in three intensive, 6-week consecutive summer sessions in which 9-12 units are earned each summer. No other institution of higher education in the State of California offers such an emphasis at the M.A. level.
Candidates must meet the following criteria for entrance into the M.A. in Dance:
Admission will be granted to students who show high promise of success in graduate study based on past academic record and record of teaching experience.
Application materials and application cycles (normally a new class of M.A. candidates begins every three years) is posted at csulb.edu/dance.
Students will be advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of the following:
This 60-unit plan of study emphasizes performance and choreography grounded in the modern dance genre, and requires 3 years in residence to complete all course work. The Masters of Fine Arts in Dance is a rigorous program designed to challenge professionally experienced dancers to develop their artistic and analytical work through numerous performances and choreographic opportunities. Curriculum is integrated in technique, composition and theory.
The Dance Department has chosen to keep the MFA degree program small and selective in order to provide adequate resources to all students in the degree plan. It is expected that applicants for the MFA in Dance should have some life experiences in the field prior to application; therefore, this would normally preclude a person who was recently awarded an undergraduate degree. The Master of Fine Arts degree is the terminal degree in the studio area of dance and is highly desired by major dance schools in the United States for university and college teaching. CSULB offers the only MFA in Dance in the California State University system.
Candidates admitted into this program will be selected on the following criteria:
All MFA candidates are admitted on a conditional status. Removal of the conditional admit will occur after the following:
Advanced technique, Dance Composition (3 courses), Dance History (2 courses), Music for Dance, Anatomy/Kinesiology, Dance Notation or Laban Movement Analysis, Dance Production (2 courses). Candidates may take prerequisite courses along with graduate courses.
When an undergraduate degree is completed in a program which has different requirements than those of the CSULB dance major, additional preparation may be required before the student can be considered for classified status. Up to 24 units from an M.A. degree program may be acceptable, with approval of the graduate advisor.
Advancement to candidacy will occur based on the following:
60 units total: 18 units in Technique from DANC 510A, 510B, 512, 514, with a minimum of 12 units from DANC 512 or 510A, and a minimum of 6 units from DANC 514 or 510B; 14-16 units in Theory from DANC 505, 565, 588, 597, 605, 693; 12 units in Choreography from DANC 520 A,B,C,D; 5 units in Performance/Production from DANC 580 A,B, 585 A,B, 592, 595; 6 units from DANC 699; 3-5 units electives.