MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CHOREOGRAPHY
The Masters of Fine
Arts in Choreography offers students the opportunity to explore dance history,
theory and criticism in depth along with a hands-on introduction to
production. This combination of theoretical study with production experience
gives students a unique understanding of how dance creates meaning.
For a list of admission requirements to the MFA program, see Graduate Program - MFA in Dance
Admission in the Admission section of this Catalog.
Fall, spring and summer semesters - $467 (per
The MFA degree is a low-residency, 60-unit plan of study emphasizing
choreography and the creative process of generating new works that are grounded
in both classical and contemporary dance genres. This degree is geared toward
artists in transition from significant performance careers into choreographic
and teaching careers. The MFA at JU nurtures the development of more rigorous
and refined relationships between three aspects of creative production:
stimulus, practice and analysis are seen as mutually interdependent forces that
continually shape artistic experimentation and response.
Studio or Related Areas
||Examining Practice I
||Examining Practice II
||Examining Practice III
||Examining Practice IV
||Methods of Practice
||Contemporary Body Practices
Other Studies in Dance
||Dance History, Theory and Criticism I
||Dance History, Theory and Criticism II
||Research and Development I
||Research and Development II
The Master of Fine Arts program requires the equivalent of at least two (2)
years of full-time graduate study, with a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.
Over 50% of the curriculum (32 credits) will be delivered during the onsite
residency program during non-traditional semester and less than 50% of the
curriculum (28 credits) will be delivered in a hybrid format using online
study. This two-year degree program would consist each year of a six-week Summer
Intensive, a one-week individual residency to work with undergraduate students
in dance at JU, and two (2) semesters of hybrid/distance instruction.
Transfer of Credit - Transfer of Credit will not be allowed
in the graduate curriculum.
Policies - Policies are clearly published on the program and
University web sites and course catalogs.
Transcript Evidence - Consistent with graduation
requirements and verified by the University registrar prior to the degree being
granted from the program.
Thesis Requirment - The course DANC 560. Research-Based
Project/Thesis Continuous Enrollment (1 credit), will be required of candidates
who do not pass DANC 550 to assure the Thesis requirement is met. This course
description is as follows: Prerequisite DANC 550. This course is Pass/Fail. May
be repeated for credit. Students must enroll in DANC 560 each subsequent
semester until the completion of the research-based project/thesis. Faculty will
periodically review individual student’s progress in meeting course goals and
completing the project/thesis. Upon completion of the project/thesis, faculty
will approve the final paper and arrange for final paper presentation sessions.
Students are expected to complete all objectives for DANC 550 and finalize their
projects for committee approval prior to their presentations.
Written and Oral Defense Qualifying Examination - The
graduate student will select his/her exam committee and the written
comprehensive examination will be distributed and evaluated through that
committee. The committee may elect to have the MFA candidate complete an oral
defense of the exam results. This exam will substantiate the candidate’s
knowledge of the curriculum.
Thesis Project - During the Summer II intensive the student
submits a 5-15 page proposal for the final thesis project to be approved by the
thesis committee. The final project could take the form of a concert of dances
or some other performance event in which the students’ research is made
evident. For example, students may undertake to create site-specific dances
occurring over several months, organize opportunities for interactive
choreography with distinct groups of performers, choreograph a dance to be
viewed on CD-ROM. Whatever the final form, the project must demonstrate a
thorough investigation and committed execution of a defined aesthetic concern.
The final project includes a written component to be completed as a requirement
of the thesis. This document, 20-40 pages in length, outlines the aesthetic
focus of the student's research and provides a historical and philosophical
contextualization for the project.