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Graduate Programs in Dance and Dance Studies

PhD in Dance Studies > Program Overview

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The PhD in Dance Studies at York University is the first doctoral-level degree to be offered in Canada. Beginning in 2008-09, the programís purpose is to prepare scholars for careers in academia or the cultural sector. Employment possibilities for graduates range from teaching in post-secondary education to work in archives and museums, arts administration, publishing, journalism and the media.

A small program, the PhD in Dance Studies admits four full-time PhD students per year to pursue advanced research in the context of a large Department of Dance. York runs established MA, BA and BFA programs and is introducing the MFA in Choreography and Dance Dramaturgy in 2008-09.

For the PhD, admission requirements include at least an A- average, proof of English language proficiency and a Masterís degree in dance or a related field in the fine arts (such as music), the humanities (such as history or womenís studies) or the social sciences (such as anthropology). Preference is given to Canadian and landed immigrant applicants.

Faculty resources currently include twelve core faculty members in the Department of Dance and seven adjunct professors from other universities and institutions, in addition to the disciplinary and interdisciplinary richness of Canadaís largest Faculty of Fine Arts and third-largest university.

The program focuses around seminars, field trips, fieldwork, conferences and work in archives and special collections in Toronto and elsewhere. York University has excellent facilities and resources: the Sound and Moving Image Library, state-of-the-art studios, computer labs and video equipment. Students benefit from assistantships and scholarships, contacts with the professional world, interaction with students of diverse backgrounds and an extensive network of MA alumni.