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Dance, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance is designed to focus on the art of expressive choreography and meaningful performance. It is the belief of this department that thoughtful choreography and engaging movement are vital parts of our society and culture.
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  • Choreography and performance are the focus of the course of study, with additional work in the history and literature of dance, scientific principles applied to the teaching and performance of dance, seminars and production
  • Dance should contribute to an understanding of the issues that face our diverse population. Creating dance is challenging, exhausting, and ultimately, extremely rewarding work. The degree program is much more than a schedule of classes and a thesis. It is an opportunity to secure two years for concentration on choreographic study and development. Much of the exploration happens in the formal classroom, but resources abound in the talents, energies, and minds of peers, the Five College dance faculty and the academic and creative communities within the Pioneer Valley.
  • The Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance is offered through the Smith College Department of Dance and the core theory courses are taught on Smith's campus. The dance program at Smith, however, is part of the Five College Dance Department and most Five College dance faculty members participate in the teaching and advising of graduate students. The MFA in Dance is a two-year residence program; we do not accept transfer credit.
  • The Master of Fine Arts in Dance is designed for students who prefer to work in an intimate environment with a small group of peers in order to maximize the growth and development of their interests and potential. Unique to the Smith MFA program is that all students are Teaching Fellows: all MFA students teach the equivalent of three studio courses per year. Thus we are interested in students that have some teaching experience or skill.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    71-75 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • DAN 151 Elementary Dance Composition
  • DAN 171 Studies in Dance History: European and North American Concert
  • DAN 207 Intermediate Repertory
  • DAN 241 Scientific Foundations of Dance
  • DAN 272 Dance and Culture
  • DAN 305 Advanced Repertory
  • DAN 309 Advanced Repertory
  • DAN 377 Advanced Studies in History and Aesthetics
  • DAN 399 Senior Seminar
  • DAN 400 Special Studies
  • DAN 201 Dance Production
  • DAN 119 Beginning Contact Improvisation
  • DAN 137 Tap I
  • DAN 219 Intermediate Contact Improvisation
  • DAN 237 Tap II: Percussive
  • DAN 113 Contemporary Dance I

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • the formal application
  • application fee ($60)
  • official transcripts of the undergraduate record
  • letters of recommendation from instructors at the undergraduate institution
  • GRE - required for applicants to the MS in biological sciences
  • applicants from non–English-speaking countries must submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • a paper written in an advanced undergraduate course; MFA playwriting candidates must also submit one or more full-length scripts or the equivalent
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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