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Introduction

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School of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA)

 

Graduate Institute of Dance
Taiwan’s first master’s program in dance was established at TNUA in 1992. Students accepted into the Graduate Institute pursue one of two tracks: Performance and Choreography or Theory. Those who enter the former earn the MFA in Dance after completion of 38 credit hours of coursework. The program culminates in an MFA thesis concert accompanied by a written paper of the concert work. Students who enter the Theory track earn the MA in Dance upon completing 36 hours of coursework and submit a written thesis. The length of study for both programs is two to four years.
 
Graduate Institute of Dance,  Performance and Choreography, MFA Program
In 2009, the MFA program in dance was restructured as the Graduate Institute of Choreography and Performance. The curriculum includes studio courses and practicum as well as electives in Dance Techniques, Dance Styles and Analyses, and Dance Literature and Theory. The students’ works are promoted internationally through foreign exchange events and invited or adjudicated performances abroad. Their choreographies and performances have been presented in various international forums in the USA, Australia, France, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia
 
Graduate Institute of Dance, Theory, MA Program
The MA degree - renamed in 2009 as the Dance Education Studies or Cultural Studies and Criticism tracks - was founded to complement the training of dance professionals at the level of higher education, to elevate the standard of dance research, and to establish a theoretical framework for dance studies in Taiwan. Besides the required and core courses, electives are offered in Body and Movement, Aesthetics and Criticism, Dance History and Cultural Studies, and Education and Pedagogy, in order to broaden and deepen the scope of dance research. Our MA graduate students and alumni have presented their research at conferences held by international organizations such as Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, and World Dance Alliance, among others.

Graduate School of Dance, Ph.D. Program in Dance
As the first ever Ph.D. program in dance established in Taiwan, it aims at promoting the depth and quality of dance studies in the wider Chinese-speaking world, nurturing teachers of higher education, and bridging the fields of creative practices and academic research. Its goals of training place emphasis on the integration of local context of knowledge and international vision, as well as the abilities in cross-disciplinary inquiries and cross-cultural studies.
 
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