Master of Arts in Dance
The master of arts in dance is an academic degree focused on research-based activities related to dance aesthetics, theory, history, cultural studies, or educational perspectives. Designed for dance scholars who want a vigorous studio practice, this master’s degree is often a step toward the PhD or other research and writing activities. As a Master of Arts candidate you will find yourself in an intimate environment of focused study, working closely with talented peers and distinguished faculty. Courses in the master’s curriculum span history, theory, technique, and include special seminars such as: Ideas about Space, and Live and Media Performance.
Located in the center of one of the largest and most innovative dance communities in the country, the Mills Dance Department provides the kind of intense laboratory environment so important to advanced study. Integral to that for MA candidates is a capstone project involving a substantial written thesis and oral presentation. Our master of arts students are movers, too, and are required to demonstrate an intermediate level of practical modern dance technique. Because of the renown of all the fine arts programs at Mills, we encourage students to collaborate across disciplines and to create a highly creative and individually tailored course of study. We also build opportunities that allow students to work with esteemed local organizations and renowned dance artists via departmental collaborations and master classes. Through committed mentorship of the library staff, the availability of important historical resources in the Special Collections of our F. W. Olin Library, and our relationship with UC Berkeley, master's candidates have abundant resources at their disposal.
- Master a broad understanding of dance as a mover
- Master the analytical and communication skills to contextualize dance socially, culturally, and historically
- Master the creative and intellectual skills needed to research, write, and discuss dance as an innovative scholar
- Achieve the confidence and expertise for self-directed engagement in the field
Minimum of 35 semester course credits
|The following prerequisites may be taken concurrently with other course work if not already completed elsewhere.|
|DNC 133||Applied Concepts in Kinesiology||2|
|DNC 157||Music and Dance||3|
|DNC 265||Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice||4|
|DNC 288||Critical Acts||4|
|Select four semester course credits from the following:|
|DNC 014/114||Dance Forms: Chinese Folk Dance||1|
|DNC 101||Elementary Ballet||1|
|DNC 103||Intermediate Ballet||1|
|DNC 105||Dance Technique I||1|
|DNC 107||Dance Technique II||1|
|DNC 108||Dance Technique II||1|
|DNC 109||Dance Technique III||1|
|DNC 110||Movement Research||1|
|DNC 111||Ballet Barre||1|
|DNC 180||Special Topics in Dance 3||1-3|
|DNC 255A/255B||Repertory Dance Company||2|
|DNC 250A||Thesis: Research Project||2|
|DNC 250B||Thesis: Writing||2|
|Select 20 semester course credits chosen from the following list with a minimum of 6 semester course credits at the 200 level or above: 1|
|DNC 113||Somatic Arts||1|
|DNC 134||Dance Improvisation||1|
|DNC 159||Stage Production||2|
|DNC 176||Dance Cultures||4|
|DNC 179||Labanotation Studies||2|
|DNC 180||Special Topics in Dance 3||1-3|
|DNC 183||Advanced Seminar in Dance||3|
|DNC 243||Independent Project||2-4|
|DNC 253||Theory of Teaching Dance||3|
|DNC 254||Laboratory Teaching of Dance||2|
|DNC 255A||Repertory Dance Company 2||1-2|
|DNC 255B||Repertory Dance Company 2||2|
|DNC 270||Seminar in Interdisciplinary Collaboration||2-3|
|DNC 282||Group Choreography||2|
|DNC 284||Choreography: Construction Project||2|
|DNC 286||Contemporary Choreography: Stylistic and Contextual Investigations||2-4|
|DNC 296||Digital Performance||2-3|
Electives or seminars in other departments with approval from dance faculty may also apply.
Master of Arts students may participate in Repertory Dance Company with permission of faculty.
Check the course descriptions to see which special topics courses will be offered.
Once a student has applied to and is accepted to the MA course of study she/he is not eligible to change her/his dance degree tracks mid-stream without reapplying to the MFA program.