Graduate admissions

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Programs of Study

FTC Cuddebackville’s Master’s degree programs are designed for students who have completed prior undergraduate studies in classical Chinese dance, classical Western and Chinese music, or voice and who are interested in advancing their knowledge, skills, and experience in their respective fields of art.

This campus currently offers the following Master’s degree programs:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Classical Chinese Dance
  • Master of Music (MMus) in Performance

Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission to a Master’s degree program at FTC Cuddebackville requires all of the following:

  • Attainment of a baccalaureate degree in a related field
  • Prior training and/or experience in the performance or teaching of the art form
  • Ability and desire to collaborate with other artists and colleagues
  • High degree of artistic achievement
  • Good character, as evidenced through recommendation(s)

However, these requirements serve merely as a threshold to admission. The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the application package and audition.

Application Process

Application Checklist

A complete application for graduate admission includes the following materials:

  • A completed graduate application form
  • Application fee ($75) or fee waiver*
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two recommendations
  • Performance recording
  • Recent photographs (dance applicants only)
  • Additional artistic or creative materials that may help the admissions committee evaluate the applicant’s artistic background, creativity, and/or potential (optional)

* Eligibility for application fee waivers is determined by FTC Cuddebackville. Students with financial need are welcome to complete the Financial Aid Application to find out whether they qualify for an application fee waiver.

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 above for details) or a 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 dance or music, 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, artistic vision, and objectives in dance or music.

Recommendations

Applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation from qualified academic or professional personnel regarding the applicant’s artistic 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 MMus 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), a video file sharing link (e.g., Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox), or a DVD that contains recording(s) of the applicant’s performance.

Photographs

Dance applicants are required to submit, in digital format of > 800×600 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 FTC Cuddebackville 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.

Submitted applications are sorted and screened by the Office of Admissions and Records and sent to the appropriate admissions officers. Individual academic departments then review the applications and draw up a list of applicants for audition.

The audition for the MFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program consists of a condensed class in classical Chinese dance technique and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. Each auditionee should prepare a solo dance that the auditionee has learned or choreographed, set to prerecorded music playable from an MP3 player or similar device.

 

Dance applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become leading professional artists in the field of classical Chinese dance, based on the following criteria:

  • Prior systematic training in classical Chinese dance or dance competency
  • Prior professional experience in dance performance, choreography, and/or dance teaching
  • Experience or exhibiting keen interest in using the form of classical Chinese dance as a means of cross-cultural transmission of traditional culture
  • Commitment to developing character as an integral part of becoming a leading professional artist in the field

The audition for the MMus degree program focuses on the performance of solo works that demonstrate the candidate’s highest skill level. For Western instrument auditionees, repertoire must be from the Baroque, Classical, and/or Romantic periods. Each auditionee should prepare two solo works of contrasting styles composed prior to 1900, at least one of which is a required piece chosen from a list provided by the department, and which in total do not exceed 30 minutes in playing length. A departmental accompanist shall be provided for the audition. Auditionees must bring their scores to the audition. Auditionees may be asked to sight-read a passage of music.

Music applicants are ultimately evaluated based on whether they have the potential to become leading professional musicians, based on the following criteria:

  • Prior undergraduate training in applied instrument or vocal studies or music competency
  • Prior experience in solo performance, ensemble performance, music composition, and/or music teaching
  • Experience or exhibiting keen interest in using the form of music as a means of cross-cultural transmission of traditional culture
  • Commitment to developing character as an integral part of becoming a leading professional artist in the field

Graduate Application

Application forms and instructions for each of the College’s programs are available online at: https://cbf.feitian.edu/graduate-application/.

 

Additional Forms for Admitted International Students

Upon admission to the College, all international student requiring F-1 nonimmigrant student visa status to study at Fei Tian must submit to the Office of Admissions and Records a completed I-20 application and required supporting documentation, along with a completed Intent to Enroll Form.

Applications must be completed in English. If any records are in a language other than English, applicants should include certified translations of those materials.

Completed applications may be uploaded online or submitted electronically to the Office of Admissions and Records. Alternatively, applications may be sent by postal mail to:

Attn: Graduate Admissions Committee
Office of Admissions and Records
Fei Tian College at Cuddebackville
140 Galley Hill Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729
U.S.A.

Application fees are non-refundable, and application materials will not be returned.

Decision and Notification

FTC Cuddebackville will notify applicants of the admissions decisions and next steps within approximately one month after the audition. International applicants will be given information on the F-1 student visa, including instructions on how to apply for an I-20 from Fei Tian College.