MFA in Dance: Academic Requirements

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, students must also maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at Purchase College. Please refer to the Conservatory of Dance MFA Student Handbook, issued annually to every graduate dancer, for specific details.

Choreology Track | Performance/Teaching Track

Choreography Track

  1. DPC 5115, 5215, 5315, 5415/Choreography
  2. DPC 5120, 5220, 5320, 5420/Choreology
  3. DPD 5120, 5220, 5320/Music Seminar
  4. DPD 5125, 5225, 5230/Studio Pedagogy
  5. DPD 5145, 5245, 5345, 5445/Composition Pedagogy
  6. DPD 5800 and 5820/Graduate Dance Technique
  7. DPD 5900/Independent Study
  8. DPM 5330/Contact Improvisation
  9. DPG 5110, 5210, 5310/Graduate Presentations
  10. DPG 5120, 5220, 5320/Graduate Seminar
  11. DPG 5410/Graduation Choreography Concert

Choreography Track: Course Sequence

First Year:

Fall:
DPC 5115/Choreography I
DPC 5120/Choreology I
DPD 5120/Music Seminar I
DPD 5125/Studio Pedagogy I
DPD 5145/Composition Pedagogy I
DPD 5800/Graduate Dance Technique
DPG 5120/Graduate Seminar I
DPM 5330/Contact Improvisation
DPG 5110/Graduate Presentation I

Spring:
DPC 5215/Choreography II
DPC 5220/Choreology II
DPD 5820/Graduate Dance Technique
DPD 5220/Music Seminar II
DPD 5225/Studio Pedagogy II
DPD 5245/Composition Pedagogy II
DPG 5220/Graduate Seminar II
DPG 5210/Graduate Presentation II

Second Year

Fall:
DPC 5315/Choreography III
DPC 5320/Choreology III
DPD 5230/Studio Pedagogy III
DPD 5320/Music Seminar III
DPD 5345/Composition Pedagogy III
DPD 5900/Independent Study (optional)
DPD 5800/Graduate Dance Technique
DPG 5320/Graduate Seminar III
DPG 5310/Graduate Presentation III

Spring:
DPC 5415/Choreography IV
DPC 5420/Choreology IV
DPD 5445/Composition Pedagogy IV
DPD 5800/Graduate Dance Technique
DPD 5900/Independent Study (optional)
DPG 5410/Graduation Concert

Performance/Teaching Track

  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

Performance/Teaching Track: Course Sequence

First Year:

Fall:
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

Spring:
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

Fall:
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

Spring:
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


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Dance/MFA/choreography.aspx and www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Dance/MFA/performance-teaching.aspx.

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