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Dance Degree Programs


Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree offers a liberal arts education and allows students to combine studies in dance with other fields of interest. Students are required to take eight courses in technique, and fourteen courses in dance theory. A Senior Project is required. Courses may be selected from the technique idioms of ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Academic courses include dance history, composition, rhythmic analysis, scientific foundations of dance and dance production.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires intensive study in dance techniques and theory. Students are required to take sixteen courses in technique and fourteen courses in dance theory. A Senior Project is required. Courses may be selected from the technique idioms of ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Academic courses include dance history, composition, rhythmic analysis, scientific foundations of dance and dance production.

How to Choose?

When choosing whether to follow a BFA or a BA track, a student will want to assess what his/her goals are while at the University and following graduation. The BFA is built to support a focus on Performance and Repertory, or Choreography and Creative Studies. In the BFA track, a higher number of technique classes are required, as well as additional classes in choreography, art, music, theater, and production.

In the BA track, there are fewer requirements for technique and choreography, and more requirements for taking alternative courses in individual areas of interest. The BA is built to support a focus in one of the following concentrations: Dance Education; Dance Production; Dance Technology; Dance Science/Somatics/Arts Therapies; and History/Cultural Studies/Aesthetics of Dance. Through Five College Dance Department classes, or classes in other departments on this campus, a student will design a curriculum focused on a particular area of interest. This will be accomplished through detailed meetings with an advisor to develop a plan that will fulfill the objectives of that focus and will engage the creative interests of the student.

Please see the Dance Handbook for more details about Areas of Focus and the Dance Degrees at UMass Amherst. Click to download the Sample 4-Year Schedule (Word docs).

 

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