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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

The BFA is designed for students wishing to pursue professional careers as dancers, teachers, and/or choreographers. Interested students should notify the department as early as possible, since the BFA requires 60 credit hours in dance, 2 credit hours in Theatre, and four years of dance technique courses.

Admission to the program is by audition, held at the end of each academic year. BFA students are required to participate in the audition every year.  

Required Courses:
Intermediate Ballet (6 credits)
Intermediate Modern (6 credits)
Intermediate or Advanced Technique (6 credits)
Advanced Technique (6 credits)
Dance Production (3 credits)
Music Theory for Dancers(3 credits)
Dance Kinesiology (3 credits)
Improvisation (3 credits)
Dance Composition (6 credits)
Beginning Labanotation (3 credits)
Intermediate Labanotation (3 credits)
Dance History (6 credits)
Asia/Pacific Performance (2 credits)
Dance Repertory or Dance Performance (3 credits)
Theatre Practicum (2 credits)
Senior Project (1 credits)

Recommended Core Courses:
Art of Dance in Western Cultures
Dance in World Cultures
Introduction to Theatre and Drama


BFA DANCE  Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BFA degree students should have gained, developed and refined essential knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to successfully reach the following learning outcomes:

Dance Technique SLO:  Kinesthetic proficiency and conceptual understanding of various kinds of dance from diverse geographic regions. 

Performance / Choreography SLO:  Ability to articulate and execute creative intent and development of observation and discussion skills. 

Kinesiology / Laban SLO:  Ability to understand, embody, analyze and communicate structural details of movement.  

History SLO:  Understanding theoretical, conceptual and/or historical aspects of dance.  

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