Hollins' M.F.A. program provides students with a wide range of experiences, opportunities, mentorships, and exposure to other practitioners in the international dance field. M.F.A. students and faculty establish a unique community of committed artists/scholars who range in age and experience and are working to sustain their careers and deepen their relationship to dance.
All M.F.A. students gather for a total of eight weeks during the summer months (June through August). During these summer sessions, students will be in residence at Hollins for five weeks, followed by three weeks in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Forsythe Company Studio and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. The European study experience is curated by Christopher Roman. Past European faculty and/or visiting guest artists include Jonathon Burrows, Matteo Farigon, William Forsythe, Adrian Heathfield, Kristin Hjort Inao, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Xavier Le Roy, and Sasha Waltz.
The M.F.A. degree in dance requires a total of 60 credit hours. Using the resources of multiple institutions, the program offers three tracks:
Students accepted to the Year Residency Track spend fall and spring semesters at Hollins. Low Residency students undertake independent study during the fall and spring terms.
For international students who would prefer to take more time with the course work, the Year Residency Track, lasting two years, or the Low Residency, Three-Summer track are recommended options.
Year Residency Track is for highly motivated students with a strong interest in expanding their knowledge and experience, especially in their creative work, in a focused and continuous way. This track is ideal for recent graduates with an eye on the professional world of dance. Transfer credit is not accepted for students in the Year Residency Track.
Low Residency, Two-Summer Track is designed for mid-career artists, teachers, and dance professionals who must study in a limited time frame that accommodates their employment/performance schedule. Acceptance into this track will be determined through a review of accredited professional experience and artistic maturity by a panel of Hollins faculty and professionals in the field. Twelve credits toward the degree will be granted in recognition of appropriate professional work as evidenced by works presented to date (choreography and/or performance), grants and fellowships received, continued dance education, and/or teaching residencies, professional references and letters. A portfolio of the work will be compiled during the course of study. Two-summer acceptance applicants must be mature working artists with at least 10 years of experience.
Low Residency, Three-Summer Track is designed for emerging artists, teachers, and dance professionals. This course of study is mapped over three summers to allow for an extended immersion in intellectual and creative experiences. This track is for highly motivated professionals seeking to expand their portfolio as they develop their professional careers. Acceptance into this track will be determined through a review of accredited professional experience and artistic maturity by a panel of Hollins faculty and professionals in the field.