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MFA in Dance: Performance/Teaching Track
Academic Requirements

The MFA program in dance is currently undergoing revision and is closed to admission.

Students must complete 60 credits of graduate-level coursework, including the thesis concert, normally within two years of full-time in-residence study. As part of the general requirements for the MFA degree, students must also maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA at Purchase College. Please refer to the Conservatory of Dance MFA Student Handbook, issued annually to every graduate dancer, for specific details.

  1. DPC 5120, 5220, 5320, 5420/Choreology
  2. DPD 5120, 5220, 5320/Music Seminar
  3. DPD 5125, 5225, 5230/Studio Pedagogy
  4. DPD 5145, 5245, 5345, 5445/Composition Pedagogy
  5. DPD 5510, 5610, 5810, 5815/Repertory and Rehearsal
  6. DPD 5800 and 5820/Graduate Dance Technique
  7. DPD 5900/Independent Study
  8. DPM 5330/Contact Improvisation
  9. DPG 5115, 5215, 5315/Graduate Presentations
  10. DPG 5120, 5220, 5320/Graduate Seminar
  11. DPG 5415/Graduation Performance Concert
  12. DPG 5430/Pedagogy Graduation Project

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Course Sequence

First Year:

DPC 5120/Choreology I
DPD 5120/Music Seminar I
DPD 5125/Studio Pedagogy I
DPD 5415Composition Pedagogy I
DPD 5510/Repertory and Rehearsal
DPD 5800/Graduate Dance Technique
DPM 5330/Contact Improvisation
DPG 5115/Graduate Presentation I
DPG 5120/Graduate Seminar I

DPC 5220/Choreology II
DPD 5220/Music Seminar II
DPD 5225/Studio Pedagogy II
DPD 5245/Composition Pedagogy II
DPD 5610/Repertory and Rehearsal II
DPD 5820/Graduate Dance Technique
DPG 5215/Graduate Presentation II
DPG 5220/Graduate Seminar II

Second Year

DPC 5320/Choreology III
DPD 5230/Studio Pedagogy III
DPD 5320/Music Seminar III
DPD 5345/Composition Pedagogy III
DPD 5800/Graduate Dance Technique
DPD 5810/Repertory and Rehearsal III
DPG 5315/Graduate Presentation III
DPG 5320/Graduate Seminar III

DPC 5420/Choreology IV
DPD 5820/Graduate Dance Technique
DPD 5445/Composition Pedagogy IV
DPD 5815/Repertory and Rehearsal IV
DPD 5900/Independent Study (optional)
DPG 5430/Pedagogy Graduation Project
DPG 5415/Graduation Performance Concert

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