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

Poster:Post date:2011-09-01
School of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA)
The TNUA Dance School is equated with excellence in Taiwan and around the world. Since the establishment of the university in 1983, a world-class faculty of choreographers, performers, scholars and educators has led the program and facilitated the development of young artists. Throughout the years, TNUA alumni have gained respect and international acclaim as professional choreographers, dancers, teachers and researchers.
The TNUA Dance School is composed of the Department of Dance and the Graduate Institute.  The Department of Dance offers a seven-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) that spans three years of high school and four years of university.  The Graduate Institute offers two degrees: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Performance and Choreography, and the Master of Arts (MA) in Dance Theory. Based on TNUA’s objective of educating students across a broad east-west discipline, from traditional to contemporary, encompassing both theory and practice, the faculty aim to balance the excellence of conservatory training with a broad academic education. The Dance School is situated in an interdisciplinary learning environment, encouraging both faculty and students to draw from TNUA’s schools of Music, Theatre, Fine Arts,  Culture Resources, Film and New Media.
TNUA graduates possess a signature language of dance coupled with a distinctive performing style. The evidence resides in the accomplishments of the faculty and alumni who lead the contemporary dance scene in Taiwan and bring recognition back to TNUA from around the world.
Department of Dance
Dance technique courses in this seven-year program are divided into four areas: Eastern Dance, Western Dance, Movement Exploration, and Dance Practicum. Academic studies are completed in Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Applied Science, Communication Tools, and Arts Appreciation. With this blend students enhance their abilities in critical and independent thinking, onstage and off.
After the third year, university-level students begin a curriculum of 130 required credits for the BFA. BFA candidates perform every semester in faculty, guest artist and student concerts.  The semi–professional Focus Dance Company, a student- run company featuring dancers from the senior class, tours throughout Taiwan and abroad. In recent years, advanced dancers have also been able to take advantage of inter-collegiate performances designed to create collaborative opportunities with students from around the world. Recent projects have taken place in Australia, Japan, South Korea and the USA. All of these opportunities serve to prepare emerging artists for successful careers in dance. 

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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