Programs of Study
FTC Cuddebackville’s undergraduate degree programs are rigorous and designed for the serious aspiring artist who seeks a professional career or advanced studies in classical Chinese dance, music, or production and design.
This campus currently offers the following undergraduate degree programs:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Classical Chinese Dance
- Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Stage Production and Design
Before submitting an application for admission, prospective applicants should review the categories below to understand how the application will be considered. The categories are not mutually exclusive.
Freshman, or first-year, applicants for undergraduate admission typically either are in high school or have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education but have not enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
Applications in this category are evaluated based on the strength of the applicant’s high school coursework, grades, GPA, class rank, and quality of instruction at the applicant’s high school. Strong performance in high school English and history classes is a plus; participation in extracurricular activities, especially in arts and culture, is also valued. In addition, the application essay is an opportunity for applicants to discuss what motivates them to pursue advanced studies in classical and traditional arts in the United States.
Admitted students in this category must present proper evidence of the attainment of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent by the time of initial enrollment.
Transfer applicants are individuals who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and are currently, or have been, enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a college or university that is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an international institution recognized by Fei Tian College.
Evaluation of applications in this category focuses on the applicant’s recent performance in college and high school. In addition, the application essay is an opportunity for transfer applicants to discuss what motivates them to pursue advanced studies in classical and traditional arts as well as how they feel they can make a positive contribution to the Fei Tian community.
Applicants for resumed education are individuals whose formal high school or college education was interrupted for several years.
Admission in this category is based primarily on an appraisal of the applicant’s experience, maturity, commitment, motivation to complete a degree program at Fei Tian, prior training, and future academic and professional potential.
Students who have not registered for courses at the College for one full year or more (excluding those who are away on an approved leave of absence) must apply for readmission or reinstatement if they wish to re-enroll. (Consult the Office of Admissions and Records for details.) An official transcript from any and all institutions of higher education attended since the last enrollment in Fei Tian College, as well as a written statement explaining the circumstances for non-enrollment, must be submitted with the application.
Second degree applicants are individuals seeking an additional degree at the same level but in an essentially different area of study, typically after conferral of the first degree.
Admission in this category is based primarily on the applicant’s audition, recommendations, and motivation to complete a second degree program at Fei Tian.
Applicants for non-matriculated status are individuals seeking to take course(s) at the College but without being enrolled in a degree program. The College reviews applications for non-matriculated studies selectively.
Declaration of Program and/or Major
All applicants must declare their intended program and/or major at the time of application. No double program or double major is offered at FTC Cuddebackville. Those wishing to apply to multiple programs at Fei Tian must apply separately to each and indicate which program they would enroll in if admitted to more than one.
Applicants to the music degree programs are admitted through audition on the basis of their principal instrument. An applicant who is equally proficient on a second instrument and wishes to be auditioned on it must list the instrument in the appropriate space on the audition form. However, music students are permitted to major in only one instrument.
English Language Proficiency
The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in the admission decision.
All applicants who do not fall into any of the following categories must include in their application a test score establishing English-language proficiency:
- Applicants whose primary language is English and who have graduated from a high school that uses English as the primary language of instruction.
- Applicants who have earned at least three semester credits of freshman English composition with a grade of at least C+ at colleges or universities accredited by U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting bodies.
- Applicants who have studied for at least three years in a high school or college that uses English as the primary language of instruction.
English proficiency is preferably demonstrated through an official score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). It may also be proven through performance on other tests and measures such as IELTS (The International English Language Testing Service), the SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing section), the ACT exam, or a combination of Lexile (reading) and Accuplacer (writing). The following table lists the minimum scores required.
Use code 7077 to submit an official TOEFL or SAT score to Fei Tian College.
Chinese Language Proficiency
Proficiency in Chinese is desirable but not required for admission to FTC Cuddebackville’s programs. Applicants who do not demonstrate Chinese proficiency should be prepared to take the Chinese language courses required to graduate.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Admission to FTC Cuddebackville’s undergraduate degree programs requires all of the following:
- Attainment of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
- Background or demonstrated interested in the chosen field of study
- Good character
- Potential to achieve a professional level
However, these requirements serve merely as a threshold to admission. The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the application package. Furthermore, for dance and music applicants, the applicant’s audition is a key component.
A complete application for undergraduate admission includes the following materials:
- A completed application form
- Application fee ($50) or fee waiver*
- Test scores
- Personal statement
- Two recommendations
- Performance video recording (dance and music applicants only)
- Résumé and/or portfolio
- At least two recent photographs of the applicant (dance applicants only)
* Eligibility for application fee waivers is determined by the College. Students with financial need are welcome to complete the Financial Aid Application to find out whether they qualify for an application fee waiver.
Applicants are required to submit an academic transcript from each secondary school and college or university attended.
Submission of SAT or ACT test scores is optional.
However, applicants whose native language is not English must establish English-language proficiency through submission of an appropriate test score (see the English Language Proficiency section above for details). Applicants who are required but unable to take an English Language Proficiency test may include in their application a request for an SAT/ACT 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.
Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page personal statement to discuss why they wish to pursue advanced studies in classical and traditional arts at Fei Tian.
Applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation: one must be from a teacher of an academic subject, counselor, or supervisor of the applicant, and one must be from a primary arts teacher of the applicant.
Applicants to the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program must submit a 15-minute video file of the applicant performing classical Chinese dance and/or another dance form. 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 BM in Performance degree program must submit a 15-20-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. 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.
Applicants to the BFA in Stage Production and Design degree program must submit a portfolio of relevant material that clearly establishes the applicant’s prior experience as a stage technician or designer. The portfolio must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s full name and a list of the materials contained. After review of the portfolio and application, applicants who advance to the next round may be scheduled for an interview.
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.
While Fei Tian College specifies standard requirements for admission, it also admits individuals with special talents and circumstances on the following exceptional bases:
- An exceptional background or high school performance in courses related to the intended program of study, as demonstrated by achievements in competitions, standardized tests, awards, etc.
- An exceptional level of artistic achievement or artistic potential.
- Great motivation and maturity in challenging situations.
Such individuals, if enrolled, may need remedial coursework that could extend the time needed to complete their programs.
Submitted applications are sorted and screened by the Office of Admissions and Records and then sent to the appropriate admissions officers. Individual academic departments then review the applications. The departments also draw up a list of dance and music applicants for audition.
The audition for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program focuses on the performance of classical Chinese dance movement combinations and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. Each auditionee should prepare two contrasting solo dances of up to two minutes each, set to prerecorded music. At the audition, auditionees may be asked to perform movement combinations under the instructions of the audition panel. Those who demonstrate a strong technical foundation during the first part of the audition will be asked to perform one or both of their solo dances. Auditionees may then be invited to perform a brief repertory sequence that will be taught and coached.
Dance applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become professional artists of classical Chinese dance, based on the following criteria:
- Potential for a career in dance
- Body alignment
- Coordination and flexibility
- Rhythmic accuracy
- A physique conducive to classical Chinese dance as a major or career
- Ability to replicate movement combinations
- Understanding of the special characteristics of classical Chinese dance
- Commitment to character development in the process of becoming a professional artist at Fei Tian College
The audition for the BM in Performance degree program focuses on the performance of contrasting works of classical music. Each auditionee should prepare two solo pieces of contrasting styles. For Western instrument auditionees, repertoire must be from the Baroque, Classical, and/or Romantic periods. At least one of the pieces should be set to musical accompaniment. Auditionees who use prerecorded musical accompaniment must bring an audio file of their music to the audition. Alternatively, auditionees may request in writing in the appropriate space on the audition form to use one of the College’s piano accompanists. Auditionees must bring their scores to the audition. At the music audition, auditionees may be invited to perform one or both of their solo pieces. Auditionees may also be asked to perform major and minor scales as well as a sight-reading passage. Auditionees should be familiar with all clefs in common use for their instrument.
Music applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become professional musicians of classical Western or Chinese music, based on the following criteria:
- Potential for a career in music
- Musicianship potential for meeting the technical and artistic standards of the College’s undergraduate music degree program
- Ability to sight-read
- Appreciation of classical Western and Chinese music and cross-cultural music
- Commitment to character development in the process of becoming a professional musician at Fei Tian College
Application forms and instructions for each of the College’s programs are available online at: https://cbf.feitian.edu/undergraduate-application/.
Part I: Application
- Application for Admission Instructions
- Undergraduate Application Form (includes all Part II Supplementary Forms)
- Records Release for Admission Form
Part II: Supplementary Forms*
- Academic Instructor Evaluation Form
- Dance Supplement Form
- Dance Instructor Evaluation Form
- Music Supplement Form
- Music Instructor Evaluation Form
- Production Supplement Form
- Other Arts Instructor Evaluation Form
Part III: Financial Aid Application (optional)
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: Admissions Committee
Office of Admissions and Records
Fei Tian College at Cuddebackville
140 Galley Hill Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729
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 or interview. 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.