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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance is designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers.  All students wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Dance must demonstrate strong technical skill, and must audition for faculty with a solo of original choreography and a short interview.  Students are eligible to audition after completing the following course work with a grade of “B” or better:

  • DANC 120
  • Six units from DANC 152 and/or 252 
  • Six units from DANC 154 and/or 254 
  • One unit from 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B (a “crew” unit)

If students are within 3 weeks of completing the requirements, they may audition with a signed Grade In Progress from their current technique teacher, improvisation teacher, and/or production supervisor. These signatures should appear on the B.F.A. application. Students may not apply after they have completed more than 90 units. B.F.A. auditions occur each semester, and students may only audition twice for entrance into this degree program.  For more information, see B.F.A. Mentor, Keith Johnson.

BFA audition form (PDF)
Current BFA in Dance requirements (PDF)

Student Learning Outcomes for BFA in Dance

  1. Majors will demonstrate proficient skills and technique in modern dance and ballet, with competency in jazz dance and/or other forms, enabling them to pursue professional dance careers.
  2. Majors will demonstrate competencies in choreographic processes that support the development of creative and collaborative professional opportunities.
  3. Majors will demonstrate substantial knowledge of the historical and scientific dimensions of dance, to give depth and perspective to the performance and pedagogical aspects of the dance discipline.
  4. Majors will develop and demonstrate current methods and relevant strategies necessary to pursue professional careers in dance and dance-related fields.
  5. Majors will demonstrate the skills necessary to analyze and review dance, both orally and in writing the history, concepts and aesthetic qualities of dance.
  6. Majors will demonstrate selected practical skills in the production and technological aspects of dance.