Degree Requirements

MA Degree Requirements

MA Degree by Thesis

Candidates for the MA degree by thesis must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Five half–courses, or equivalent, chosen from those offered by the Graduate Program in Dance. Of these, students are required to take 5200 3.0 and 5300 3.0. Two additional half courses are selected from the current program offerings, and a further half course is selected from the program offerings or from a cognate area.
  • All students are required to attend non–credit colloquiums scheduled each year in which guests and students present material of common interest.
  • A thesis or thesis project (Dance 6000.00) which demonstrates the student's ability to do original research. After formal submission of the thesis, an oral examination, normally centered on the thesis and matters related to it, is held.

MA Degree by Research Paper/Project

Candidates for the MA degree by research paper/project must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Six half–courses, or equivalent, chosen from those offered by the Graduate Program in Dance. Of these, students are required to take 5200 3.0 and 5300 3.0. Two additional half courses are selected from the current program offerings, and a further two half courses are selected from the program offerings or from a cognate area.
  • All students are required to attend non-credit colloquiums scheduled each year in which guests and students present material of common interest.
  • Candidates must undertake research under the direction of a Dance Graduate Program Faculty member on an approved topic and write a substantive research paper incorporating this research (Dance 5000.00). The paper will be evaluated by the faculty member directing the research and by a second reader appointed by the Director of the Graduate Program.

MA Degree by Course–Work

Candidates for the MA degree by course–work must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Ten half courses, or equivalent, in total (30 credits) as described below...
  • GS/DANC 5200 3.0 and GS/DANC 5300 3.0
  • Four additional half courses from the current graduate program in Dance.
  • Two half courses or equivalent from an approved cognate field outside
    the Dance department.
  • Two half courses or equivalent of electives. (Can be courses within or outside of Dance.)
  • All students are required to attend non-credit colloquiums scheduled each year in which guests and students present material of common interest.

MFA Degree Requirements

This student-centered intensive five-term program requires that you, with other graduate students from a wide-range of disciplines and diverse skill-sets, form collaborative teams, successfully creating, producing and presenting your own work. The program will provide you with the theoretical and technical knowledge necessary to create multi-disciplinary performance art. You will find encouragement for the integration of digital media and leading-edge interactive technologies with live performance from both the faculty and your fellow students.

The MFA in Dance is a full time program of study completed by Thesis only. Part time study, completion by Major Research Paper (MRP) or Coursework are not options.

First Year Courses

First year graduate students will participate in courses that focus on choreography, collaborative creation, movement observation, and technology in support of live performance, as well as one elective course.

Required Courses

Students are required to successfully complete the following courses:

  • Dance 5221 3.0: The Interactive Stage Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performances
  • Dance 5260 3.0: Dance Video and Intermedial Performance
  • Dance 5270 3.0: Lighting Design for Dance I
  • Dance 5300 3.0: Methods and Materials for Movement Observation
  • Dance 5501 3.0: Initiating, Forming and Performing Choreography I
  • Dance 5602 0.0: Dance Production (non-credit)

Second Year Thesis

During the fall-term of their second year, students will be required to register and participate in:

  • Dance 6003 0.0: Contemporary Choreography Professional Qualifying Practica I (Fall) (non-credit)

Over the year, guided by your supervisor and a faculty project coordinator, you will live the experience of collaborative creation. Early in your final term, your team’s work will be presented to the public. Your research and creative process will be self-examined and contextualized through a thesis (extended research paper) to be submitted to your ‘Oral Exam Committee’. After formal submission of the thesis, an oral examination focused equally on the thesis and related collaborative creation project, will be held.

Read more about fields and potential research topics at MFA in Dance.

Dance Practice

All Dance MFA students are required to participate in a physical practice designed to facilitate their understanding of the body and further their creative research. This is a compulsory, non-credit requirement in the spirit of professional dancers taking daily morning class. It is imperative that students develop physical practices that support their particular aesthetics. In consultation with their thesis supervisor, students will determine their own discipline and maintain, document and report on their practice throughout their studies. They may choose to take class in the Department’s undergraduate program, or study with a particular mentor or master teacher, or take class with other professional dancers within any of Toronto’s diverse dance traditions.  Normally students will devote one to two hours daily to their physical practice and meet once a month with their supervisor to discuss their progress.

MFA Colloquiums

MFA students are required to attend eight colloquia or workshops over the five terms of their study. Colloquia topics may include:

  • Ethics in Dance Research and Creation
  • Dance and Human Rights
  • Making Dance Films
  • Dance Science and the Expressive Body
  • Preventing Injury and Encouraging Risk
  • Teaching Dance to a Diverse Student Body
  • Financing Dance and Living Above the Poverty Line
  • Time Management and Stress: Strategies for Health
  • Dancing with Older Bodies
  • Designing Dance – lighting / costumes / makeup
  • Choreography for and with Children
  • Dance with Diverse Ability
  • Communities of Dance
  • Copyright Laws and Dance

Various studio workshops in such things as Alternative Bodywork, Social Dance, Butoh, Physical Theatre as well as classes with guests from Toronto’s many master teachers from various cultures.

PhD Degree Requirements

The PhD in Dance Studies requires five three–credit courses and the Advanced Research and Dissertation Seminar (GS/DANC 6200 3.0). Candidates must pass comprehensive examinations and complete a dissertation followed by an oral defense. Depending on the extent of their backgrounds, they can complete degree requirements in four years (twelve terms) of PhD study.

Doctoral students are required to be in residence for at least two years. The program pattern is that students complete course work within the first three terms in the program, and they complete comprehensive examinations during terms four and five in year two. Students also take the required GS/DANC 6200 3.0 Advanced Research and Dissertation Seminar in term five (the second term of year two), by the end of which a dissertation proposal should be submitted and accepted. The program normally expects students to write and defend the dissertation by the end of year four.

Year 1

Term 1

  • Courses

Term 2

  • Courses

Term 3

  • Courses

Year 2

Term 1

  • Comprehensives

Term 2

  • Comprehensives
  • Advanced Research & Dissertation Seminar

Term 3

  • Research

Year 3

Term 1

  • Research

Term 2

  • Research

Term 3

  • Writing

Year 4

Term 1

  • Writing

Term 2

  • Writing

Term 3

  • Completion

 

NOTE: the 'formal' academic requirements for your graduate program can be found at
http://gradstudies.yorku.ca/current-students/regulations/program-requirements/