The 36-credit Master of Arts in Dance is a graduate program that offers students an opportunity to focus on intensive scholarly study in dance. Students may also develop an interdisciplinary focus in dance/movement studies, which might include coursework and research in areas such as theatre, music studies, recreation and leisure studies, health and wellness, or women/gender studies.
While at Brockport, graduate students may perform in faculty and guest artist work, choreograph their own work, or assist in directing departmental touring performances. They may also travel to regional/national conferences and festivals; to countries with complimentary foreign study programs such as Ghana, England, Brazil or Norway; or to New York and other locations for approved and credited apprenticeships, internships or dance study.
Upon completion of their degrees, Brockport MA students go on to become college and university faculty; PreK-12 teachers; performers and choreographers; dance administrators; private studio directors; independent movement practitioners; and teaching artists. Others pursue doctoral degrees in dance or related fields.
The Department of Dance offers three different graduate programs in which students may earn the MA in Dance, an MA in Dance with New York State PreK-12 dance teacher certification, or an MFA in dance. Students in the department’s highly selective graduate programs excel in the studio and on stage, and as critical thinkers, writers and teachers.
The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped 300-seat proscenium dance theater, a 270-seat large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, health pool, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO. The College at Brockport is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Prospective students apply to the program through the Graduate School. The following requirements are necessary for consideration:
NOTE: A maximum of 12 transfer credits may be earned at other colleges and universities with the approval of the department. Six transfer credits may be earned, upon approval, at units outside the State University of New York system. Twelve credits may be transferred, with approval, from within the SUNY system, or from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Dance professionals may be eligible for up to 12 credits by examination and/or portfolio.
Students must meet the requirements established by the College for graduate study.
Required minimum grades: Grades of “C” or better are required for all courses. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.0 is subject to review for retention in the program.
Students cannot receive graduate credit for a course already completed at the undergraduate level (“swing courses”).
The 36 credits in the MA program are distributed as follows:
The elective credits are from graduate dance courses in a selected area of emphasis within dance (including technique when appropriate) or within allied disciplines that support that emphasis (theatre, health and wellness, women and gender studies, etc.).
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