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Dance

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (code DANCBF01) (132 units)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. All students wishing to pursue the BFA in Dance must demonstrate strong technical skill and must audition after successfully completing the following course work with a grade of "B" or better: DANC 120.

The primary objective of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. The program also prepares students for entry into Master of Fine Arts programs in Dance. Preparation: All students wishing to pursue the BFA in Dance must demonstrate strong technical skill in dance by studio audition for entrance into this degree plan. BFA applicants may audition after completing the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: DANC 120; 6 units of DANC 152 or 3 units of DANC 252; 6 units of DANC 154 or 3 units of DANC 254; one unit from DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 380A, 380B; and one unit from DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B. Students may not apply after they have completed more than a maximum of 96 units

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Majors will develop proficiency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in the professional arenas of performance and/or choreography.
  • 2. Majors will attain a substantial knowledge of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance, to give depth and perspective to the performance aspect of the dance discipline.
  • 3. Majors will have the skills and techniques necessary for professional-level performance in dance.
  • 4. Majors will have practical experience in the production and technological aspects of dance.
  • 5. Majors will demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Requirements

Composition (11 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    • DANC 220 Composition I (3)
    • DANC 320 Composition II (3)
    • DANC 420 Advanced Composition (3)

Theory (35 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    • DANC 161 Body Placement (2)
    • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    • DANC 262 Pilates I (3)
    • DANC 342 Dance in a Cultural Perspective (3)
    • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
    • DANC 445 Movement Analysis (3)
    • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    • DANC 491A Design for Dance Lighting (3)
    • DANC 491B Design for Dance Costuming (3)
    • DANC 498 Senior Seminar in Dance (2)
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communication (3)
    • DANC 435I Dance in Film (3)

Performance/Crew (7 units):

  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A or 481B;
  • Take five units from the following courses:
    • DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 321, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B, 495.

Technique (26 units):

  • Take twelve units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 412)
    • DANC 152, 252, 312, 412
  • Take twelve units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 414)
    • DANC 154, 254, 314, 414
  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 216, 316

General Education Elective (3 units):

  • Take the following course:
    • THEA 113 Introduction to Acting (3)
  • Take six units from the following courses
    • AH 111A, 111B, CWL 124, 132, 161, 324I, 412I; DANC 373I, 435I; PHIL 361I; MUS 190, 290, 363I, 364I, 490; THEA 324I.