Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
The dance major involves students in creative inquiry, embodied, inventive collaboration, and skillful expression of ideas in order to prepare them for lives of leadership, service, and excellence in the arts, culture, and business of the future. Each student in the dance major explores performance, training, design, technology, and research in a multifaceted liberal arts context in order to develop individual identities as artists and the abilities to work collaboratively in a diverse workplace. The degree provides an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the arts or entertainment professions or for further training at graduate schools or conservatories. The program’s liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of occupations in multiple performance fields, as well as non-performance fields.
1. Major requirements (54 units)
DRAMA 33, DRAMA 34 (6 units)
DANCE 20, DANCE 70, DANCE 159, DANCE 160S, DANCE 164, DANCE 166, DANCE 170, DANCE 171, DANCE 175 (26 units)
Production: DANCE 115, DANCE 163 (8 units)
DANCE 117A, DANCE 117B, DANCE 117C, or DANCE 117D (7 units)
DANCE 158A, DANCE 158B, DANCE 158C, or DANCE 158D (7 units)
2. General Education requirements (48 units)*
3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements), may be used toward a double major or minor
5. Total units (120)
*This total indicates that a maximum of one course (3 units) in General Education Breadth also may be applied to the dance option. This course is DANCE 70 in G.E. Breadth E1. Consult the department chair or faculty adviser for additional details.
- Special requirements: Students seeking the B.A. in Dance are required to have competency in either DANCE 117 (Modern) or DANCE 158 (Ballet) for graduation.
- A maximum of 14 units of dance technique courses (DANCE 117, 155, 158) may be credited toward the minimum B.A. graduation requirement of 120 units.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted in the dance major.
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B.A. in Dance
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The Department of Theatre and Dance faculty includes performers, designers, and directors with top academic credentials as well as professional experience. The department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The most important element in the Department's success is the students. Our undergraduates enjoy unusual opportunities to play leading roles, to direct, and to design for lab and mainstage productions. Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Association have honored numerous Fresno State Students.
What You Can Do
Successful completion of the BA Dance degree will allow the student to apply for positions in performing arts companies, colleges and professional schools as dancers, instructors, choreographers and dance technicians. It will provide a seamless transition to graduate programs in dance performance and education as well as K-12 credential programs. Other professional uses include being an independent artist in dance or related disciplines, producing dance events and promoting the performing arts or similar events. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong skills set, a knowledge base for critical thinking and a set of ethical values appropriate to enter a professional setting. Moreover, graduates of this program will also be competitive in associated fields such as Community Dance Workers, Dance Therapist and Arts Management.
Employers of Dance Majors include: Educational institutes such as Universities, Community Colleges and K-12 systems, private dance schools, advertising agencies, theaters, TV/Film studios, magazines, amusement and theme parks, arts councils, industrial shows, performing arts centers and cruise lines.