Dance Degree Programs
Skip to descriptions: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Situated within a nationally ranked public research university, UMass Dance embraces rigor and risk. We believe that a robust and relevant curriculum should empower and open new pathways for our students to succeed in the current dance climate. At UMass, we offer classical and contemporary forms of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz as well as theory courses based in history, education, somatics, and technology. Students benefit from a resident faculty actively engaged in art making and scholarship both nationally and internationally, as well as guest artists through residencies and workshops.
In both BFA and BA offerings, UMass dance students are thinking critically, engaged in the community and fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit. These sentiments are supported and enhanced in the Five College Dance Department, where students quadruple their course choices, performance opportunities, and abilities to network during matriculation and beyond (with no additional costs).
Our programs cultivate the individual creative voice while instilling knowledge of the global field. Should students decide to travel and experience dance beyond the states, UMass Dance has formed relationships with programs and institutions in Europe that complement a dance major’s course of study.
In their first year, all students are placed in the BA degree program. After this transitional first year, a dance major may choose to continue with a BA degree or pursue a BFA degree.
Students are placed in the BFA track with faculty recommendation and approval.
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.