The MFA in Dance: Design and Production is a 60-unit plan of study emphasizing four areas: Design, Production, Digital Media, and Theoretical Studies. In addition, the student will choose an emphasis in one area. Candidates are expected to complete a thesis project that embodies the chosen emphasis and a written thesis/project report that documents the process and the final product.

Required Courses for the MFA in Dance: Design and Production

Required courses: 60 units

Design (Minimum of 21 units)

  • Design Methodologies for Dance (Perfa 300), 3 units
  • Lighting Design I: Lighting design methodology and technology/electrics (Perfa 310), 2 units
  • Lighting II: Advanced Concepts in Lighting Design for Dance (Perfa 311), 2 units
  • Lighting III: Advanced Design and Practice (Perfa 312), 2 units
  • Sound I: Sound Design and Editing/Technology and Implementation (Perfa 350), 3 units
  • Costume Design I: Costume Design and Dance Costume History (Perfa 320), 3 units
  • Scenery I: Scenic and Stage Design (Perfa 330), 3 units
  • Scenery II: Construction of Dance Environments – Stagecraft & Welding (Perfa 331), 2 units
  • Special Study in Design: Student Elects a Specific Area of Design (1 unit)

Production (Minimum of 18 units)

  • Dance Stage Management (Perfa 340), 3 units
  • Dance Production Management (Perfa 341), 3 units
  • Producing I: Marketing/Grant Writing/Company Development and Structures (Perfa 342),3 units
  • Production Practicum (Perfa 394), 3 units/ 3 times for a total of 9 units
     

Digital Media (Minimum of 6 units)

  • Computer Drafting: AutoCad & Vectorworks (Perfa 360), 3 units
  • Digital Dance: Portfolio Building, Documentation, Photoshop and the Web (Perfa 361), 3 Units

Theoretical Studies (Minimum of 6 units)

  • Dance History Seminar (Perfa 380), 3 units

Plus a choice from one of the following:

  • Dance and Performance Studies (Perfa 381), 3 units
  • Dance and Social Justice (Perfa 382), 3 units
  • Critical Dance Pedagogy (Pefa 383), 3 units

Elective (3 Units)

Students take a minimum of 3 units of elective credit in Design and Production or Creative Practice.

Thesis (6 units)

  • Perfa 398, 3 units/2 times equals 6 units total

 

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