The MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE
Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance
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. 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.
As a Teaching Fellow, all MFA students receive tuition waivers for all but one of the required graduate courses. Every Teaching Fellow is also paid a monthly stipend.
All dancers are strongly recommended to come to Smith for an audition in order to see the college and facilities and to meet the faculty. Dancers who request a Teaching Fellowship must audition at Smith College and meet the faculty.