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

Production (Minimum of 18 units)

  • Dance Stage Management (3 units)
  • Dance Production Management (3 units)
  • Producing I: Arts Marketing/Grant Writing/Company Development and Structures (3 units)
  • Production Practicum I, II, III (3 units each for a total of nine units)

Digital Media (Minimum of 6 units)

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

Theoretical Studies (Minimum of 6 units)

  • Dance History Seminar (3 units)

Plus a choice from one of the following:

  • Dance and Performance Studies (3 units)
  • Dance and Social Justice (3 units)
  • Critical Dance Pedagogy (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)


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