Hollins’ Master of Fine Arts in Dance provides a wide range of experiences and opportunities. The program mentors students and exposes them to practitioners in the international dance field. M.F.A. students and faculty establish a unique community of committed artists/scholars. They 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). The degree requires a total of 60 credit hours. During these summer sessions, students spend five weeks at Hollins. Then, they go to Frankfurt, Germany, for three weeks. They study at the Forsythe Company Studio and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. Christopher Roman curates the European study experience.
Low & Year Residency
Using the resources of many institutions, the program offers three tracks that provide both flexibility and rigor.
Year Residency Track
The year residency track is ideal for recent graduates with an eye on the professional world of dance. Students accepted to the Year Residency Track spend fall and spring semesters at Hollins. Transfer credit is not accepted for students in the Year Residency Track.
Low Residency Tracks
These tracks are designed for emerging artists, teachers, and dance professionals to accommodate their performance schedules. Professionals have a chance to expand their portfolio as they develop their careers. A panel of Hollins faculty and professionals in the field determine acceptance into these tracks.
Arts Administration and Production Internships
We are a diverse artistic community that creates a learning atmosphere where students and faculty work alongside one another. We expand and deepen our relationship to dance and the world around us. Our teaching reflects a wide range of interests and experiences.
From professional dance instructors and mentors, to visiting artists and choreographers, the influences are endless. If you learn from the best, you’ll discover new ways to express yourself and refine your own style.
“I cannot stop raving about the Hollins program. My usual dialogue is, ‘It is a life-changing experience. Go to the program so you can self-actualize. You deserve it.’”
“A pervasive sense of generosity filled this program, and the mentoring and one-on-one work were unparalleled.”
“Being in class with several individuals who direct their own companies inspired me to explore the possibility of founding my own. The mentorships I developed with my professors still provide support for the work I do and hope to do with my company.”
A bachelor’s degree (with an undergraduate major in dance) or equivalent dance experience is required. Applicants must submit at least three letters of recommendation and a DVD of selected works.
The program offers artists fellowships, loans, and possible on-campus employment. The artist fellowship is based both on merit and need. This application is available as a downloadable PDF.
Other student scholarships are available. To apply for these, students must complete the FAFSA annually. Student loans are not available to international students.
- $867 per credit hour
- New student nonrefundable deposit: $500
- Typical budget includes technology, media lab, thesis, and portfolio fees totaling approximately $1,100
- Housing at Hollins: $900 for air-conditioned space
Want to Know More?
Program Director Jeffery N. Bullock is happy to answer your questions.