Application Checklist

A complete application for graduate admission includes the following materials:

Application Form

First, complete the graduate application form. Visit Apply Now to see how to download and submit the form.

Application Fee

An application fee ($75) is required. Students with financial need are welcome to complete the Financial Aid Application to find out whether they qualify for an application fee waiver. Eligibility for application fee waivers is determined by Fei Tian College.

Test Scores

Applicants are required to present proof of English-language proficiency through submission of either an appropriate test score (see the English Language Proficiency section for details) or an official transcript verifying completion of baccalaureate studies at an institution of higher education that uses English as the primary language of instruction.

Applicants who are required but unable to take an English Language Proficiency test may include in their application a request for a waiver. If the request is granted, the applicant will be administered an alternative academic background assessment exam.

Submission of a test score establishing Chinese-language proficiency is optional.

Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to submit a CV detailing the applicant’s prior experience in the respective field, education, scholarship, professional experience, and/or public leadership, accompanied by a portfolio of relevant material that clearly establishes the applicant’s prior experience in the field.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of 750 to 1,000 words discussing the applicant’s aspirations, focus, vision, and objectives in the chosen field of study.

Recommendations

Applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation from qualified academic or professional personnel regarding the applicant’s strengths and suitability for the intended graduate program.

Performance Recording

Applicants to the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program must submit a 15-minute video file of the applicant performing classical Chinese dance. The video must have been made within six months of the date of application. The recording must be unedited and clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name and a list of the repertoire performed therein. After review of the recording and application, applicants who advance to the next round may be scheduled for a live audition.

Applicants to the MM in Performance degree program must submit a 15–30-minute unedited video recording of the applicant performing the selected repertoire. For Western instrument applicants, repertoire must be from the Baroque, Classical, and/or Romantic periods. Applicants should choose works that best represent their individual artistry and highest technical ability. The recording must have been made within six months of the date of application. Recordings must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name, instrument, and a list of the repertoire performed therein. It is not required that the technical quality of the recording be up to professional studio standards, but the sound quality should be as good as is feasible. After review of the recording and application, applicants who advance to the next round may be scheduled for a live audition.

The media type of the video could be a viewable online video link (e.g., YouTube or Vimeo), or a video file sharing link (e.g., Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox), of the applicant’s performance.

Photographs

Dance applicants are required to submit, in digital format of > 800x600 pixels, at least two recent photographs of the applicant showing full-body frontal view and full-body back view in form-fitting attire.

Special Considerations

While Fei Tian specifies standard requirements for admission, it also admits individuals with special talents and circumstances on the following exceptional bases:

  • Exceptional talent in the field
  • Exceptional motivation

Such individuals, if enrolled, may need remedial coursework, which could extend the time needed to complete their programs.

Optional Additional Documents

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional academic, artistic, or creative materials they believe will help the admissions committee evaluate their achievement or aptitude.

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