Oct 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Dance, B.F.A.

(132 units)

This degree is approved for distance education by the WSCUC.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. Students wishing to pursue the BFA in Dance must participate in a supplemental audition and interview process in which they must demonstrate strong technical and/or choreographic ability as well as a keen understanding of themselves and a commitment to a professional career in dance. To apply to audition to the BFA, students must have reached sophomore standing, have completed the GE Foundation requirements, and have successfully completed the following course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0: DANC 100  or DANC 300 DANC 120 ; DANC 161 DANC 182 ; one unit from DANC 181  or DANC 381 ; 10 units of dance technique from at least three idioms of dance. Students enrolled in required courses at the time of the audition may audition with a signed Grade-In-Progress form from the instructor(s) of the in-progress courses. Students may not apply after they have earned 90 Timely Graduation Units. 

Each semester, BFA in Dance students must attend required monthly meetings with BFA coordinators and maintain a 3.0 GPA in all studio/performance requirements (DANC 109 , DANC 116 DANC 120 DANC 152 DANC 154 , DANC 180 , DANC 182 , DANC 209 DANC 216 DANC 220 DANC 252 DANC 254 DANC 295 , DANC 309 DANC 312 , DANC 313 DANC 314 DANC 316 DANC 319 DANC 321 DANC 380 DANC 412 DANC 414 , DANC 420 DANC 480 DANC 495 ). Students dropping below a 3.0 GPA in studio/performance requirements or receiving a grade of F in any studio/performance requirement, will be placed on administrative academic warning for the following semester. During the academic warning semester, BFA majors may not audition or propose choreography for Department concerts. Following the academic warning semester, students earning a GPA of 3.0 or above in studio/performance requirements will have their audition and proposal privileges reinstated, as long as no grade of F was earned in studio/performance requirements. Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA in studio/performance requirements in any two semesters, or earn grades of F in studio/performance requirements in any two semesters will be removed from the BFA in Dance program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Majors will demonstrate proficient skills and technique in modern dance and ballet, with competency in jazz dance and street and club dances, 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 describe the socio-cultural, 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 history, concepts, and aesthetic qualities, both orally and in writing.
  6. Majors will demonstrate skills in the production and technological aspects of dance.


Orientation (2 units)

Take 2 units from the following:

Technique (20 units)

Take 2 units from the following:

Take 2 units of the following:

Composition (2 units)

Take one of the following:

Pedagogy (3 units)

Take one of the following:

Performance/Crew (8 units)

Take 2 units from the following:

Upper Division Dance Elective (3 units)

Take one of the following:

Upper Division Dance GE (3 units)

Take one of the following: