ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) is a two-year, full-time certificate program focusing on on-site training and real-world application. Students declare a concentration in one of two key disciplines: Performance or Composition. Studies culminate in a thesis-equivalent portfolio of student work completed over the two-year period. Taking advantage of the Martha Graham School’s connections with the Martha Graham Dance Company, experienced faculty, and the New York City dance community, the ASC provides robust training for advanced dancers who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, a Martha Graham School certificate program, and/or an equivalent certificate program from an accredited professional studio school. International students click here for information regarding the F-1 visa process and key deadlines.
The program prepares students for entry into the dance field as professional performers or choreographers, and includes a minimum of eight dance classes per week, including Martha Graham Technique, Ballet, and related dance and conditioning disciplines. Students must also participate in the Winter Intensive and enroll in either Repertory or Composition (depending on their concentration). Studies are supported by a monthly Colloquium with the School’s Program Directors to discuss the professional world of dance. Students partake in field trips to observe NYC-based professional company rehearsals, and reflect on their studies. All students are required to attend four professional performances of their choice each year, one of which must be the Martha Graham Dance Company. Using a combination of on-site training and real-world application, the ASC prepares students both in the studio and within the dance industry itself.
Students enter the ASC at the beginning of the Fall (September) semester.