Doctor of Fine Arts

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Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) is a doctoral degree in fine arts, may be given as an honorary degree (a degree honoris causa) or an earned professional degree (in the UK).

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Doctoral programmes leading to DFAs are of equivalent level to a PhD, with the same requirement to demonstrate new knowledge, but typically contain a practical component and a more structured programme of learning than a PhD. DFA programmes are offered by universities including University of Hertfordshire and University of East London.

The honorary degree is typically conferred to honor the recipient who has made a significant contribution to society in the arts. Notable individuals who have been conferred the honor include Frank Stella,[1] Richard Serra,[2] Stephen Colbert,[3] Carmen De Lavallade,[4] Anna Deavere Smith,[4] Jacques d'Amboise,[5] Bill Pullman,[6] Abelardo Morell,[7] Twyla Tharp,[8] Kanye West,[9] Gordon Parks,[10] Jack Nicholson,[11] Jodie Foster, [12] and Meryl Streep.[13]

At Yale University, the DFA is an earned degree conferred on students who hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and who have "completed MFA qualifying comprehensive examinations, and have written a dissertation of distinction whose subject has been approved by the DFA committee" of faculty.[14]

In 2016 ELIA (European League of the Institutes of the Arts) launched The Florence Principles on the Doctorate in the Arts.[15] The Florence Principles relating to the Salzburg Principles and the Salzburg Recommendations of EUA (European University Association) name seven points of attention to specify the Doctorate / Ph.D. in the Arts compared to a scientific doctorate / Ph.D. The Florence Principles have been endorsed and are supported also by AEC, CILECT, CUMULUS and SAR.

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  1. ^ "Frank Stella to Receive Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts - BU Today - Boston University".
  2. ^ Williams College – Commencement – Honorary Degree Citation 2008[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Top 10 Commencement Speeches". 16 May 2009 – via www.time.com.
  4. ^ a b "The Juilliard Journal Online".
  5. ^ "National Dance Institute". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  6. ^ "404 - Page Not Found - Alfred University". www.alfred.edu. Cite uses generic title (help)
  7. ^ "Artists - James Hyman: Fine Art and Photographs". www.jameshymanphotography.com.
  8. ^ "Facts & Figures". Princeton University.
  9. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan (11 May 2015). "Kanye West Receives Honorary Doctorate From School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago" – via Huff Post.
  10. ^ Honorary Degrees Awarded by Princeton Archived 2016-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Some Wisdom from Jack... and Binder!" – BlogDailyHerald. June 3, 2011.
  12. ^ "COMMENCEMENTS; At Yale, Honors for an Acting Chief".
  13. ^ "30 celebrities who received doctorate degrees without ever stepping foot in class".
  14. ^ Yale School of Drama Archived May 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "THE 'FLORENCE PRINCIPLES' ON THE DOCTORATE IN THE ARTS" (PDF). www.elia-artschools.org.