M.A. in Dance is a 2-year postgraduate program in the domain of performing art forms with a specialization in the field of dance (various folk and classical dances). One can pursue the course after completion of his/her graduation from a recognized state/central/deemed university.
Some of the popular institutes/universities that offer the course in India are listed below:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in Indian colleges/University ranges between INR 7,500 to 2 Lacs and depends upon the nature of college/institute (that is government, state/private/deemed) as well as its location.
Admission to MA in Dance involves Common Entrance Test (CET) based selection method as well as merit-based selection criterion that is the percentage of marks obtained at graduation or equivalent level by the candidate. Colleges and institutes which provide admission through CET mechanism rely on the score of All India Level common entrance exams like, AUCET while some of them opt for a separate entrance exam of their own.
The course is focused on imparting holistic knowledge about various dance forms to the students so as to make them understand the variety and richness in the performing arts tradition of India. MA in Dance course aim is to deliver a complete overview of all the aspects related to the subject.
Institutes conducting entrance exam also give due consideration to graduation marks and performance in the entrance exam while considering the applications for admissions. Candidates completing MA in Dance course successfully can expect job offers ranging from INR 15,000 to 20,000 per month.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of the Course||2 years|
|Eligibility||Minimum score of 50% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at graduation or equivalent level.|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam based/Merit-based|
|Course Fee||Between INR 7, 500 to 2 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 15,000 to 20,000|
|Top Recruiting areas||Academic Institutes, Theatre, Film industry, Music and dance related training firms|
|Job Positions||Activity co-coordinator, Performer, Choreographer, Dance teacher, group dancer etc.|
Dance as a part of the composite culture of India comes under the domain of performing arts. In Indian context apart from being an expression of thoughts and ideas dance is associated with the worship of God. As a result of it, India has witnessed the growth of various classical and numerous folk dance forms.
Dance in contemporary time has become an inevitable part of film and television industry. From Bharatnatyam to Bollywood style various forms of dances are seen performed in the industry. Being a subject of study from ancient times dance over the year has seen concretization in its academic curriculum.
MA in Dance as a subject is crafted to address the academic needs of the students along with dissipation of the required skill base. The course is structured and designed in a manner so as to develop academic base through semester-wise theoretical examination while developing the practical skills through performance of the art form.
M.A. in Dance is offered as a master’s level course by numerous colleges and universities across the country to candidates who have passed their graduation from a recognized state/central/deemed university.
For your reference, we have tabulated various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.
|Institute||City||Average Fee (Per Annum Basis)|
|Andhra University||Vizag||INR 10,500|
|Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth||Pune||INR 7, 975|
|Apeejay College of Fine art||Jalandhar||INR 36,360|
|Rabindra Bharati University||Kolkata||INR 4,100|
|Alva’s College||Moodbidri||INR 36,655|
|Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College||Jalandhar||INR 9,052|
|Government College for Girls||Patiala||INR 5,310|
|Guru Nanak Dev University||Amritsar||INR 11,440|
|Jain University||Bangalore||INR 46,550|
|Jiwaji University||Gwalior||INR 6,333|
M.A in Dance course admissions are done through common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country) as well as merit-based selection process (as seen in a good number of institutes/colleges).
Admission process would more or less be same across all the colleges and universities that are offering this course.
MA in Dance syllabus is divided into 4 semesters spread over a span of two years. The syllabus of the course is divided into various theoretical subjects and performing skills that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The syllabus covers all the aspects related to the art form so, as to provide a holistic understanding of the subject to the undergraduate students.
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is mentioned below so, as to provide a reference to the candidates.
|Year 1||Year 2|
|History of Art||Natya Gruha|
|Theory of Indian Classical Dance and Theater||Schools of Bharatanatyam|
|Natya Shastra||Open elective|
|Nritta Composition||Classroom Concert (Performance)|
|Abhinaya Composition||Drama Performance|
|Rasa Theory||Dance literature|
|Concept of Nataraja||Indian and Western art|
|Practical (Performing of the art)||Natya Gruha|
Interested aspirants for the course must consider the below-mentioned points
MA in Dance Postgraduates have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work as Activity co-coordinator, Performer, Choreographer, Dance teacher, group dancer etc.
To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where MA in Dance postgraduates can look for in terms of their career.
|Area/Domain||Role||Average Salary for Fresher’s|
|Performer||A performer is involved in the performance of art form in theatres or stage shows.||INR 2.55-2.95 Lacs|
|Choreographer||The job involves training students, other artist, actors etc. about the practical skills required in regards to the performance of the art.||INR 1.90-2.65 Lacs|
|Group dancer||It involves presenting a dance performance as a part of the group or performing as a backstage artist.||INR 1.54-2.10 Lacs|
|Activity Coordinator||The job involves marinating and coordinating the activities of various performers and artists before and during the show.||INR 2.42-2.75 Lacs|
|Dance Teacher||A dance teacher is involved in teaching both practical and theory level aspects of the art to students||INR 2.52-2.95 Lacs|