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Dance (BA)

College of Fine & Applied Arts

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What is Dance (BA)?

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is a flexible degree that empowers students to pursue dance as well as other academic interests. You’ll study three core areas of dance:

  • Physical practice
  • Creative process
  • Dance theory

In addition, you’ll select at least one other key area of interest. Examples include art and design, business, environment, film, and theatre. This area of interest can even be pursued as a minor or second major. 

You’ll be encouraged to dance and perform as much or as little as you want. During your final year, you’ll work with a dance faculty member to create a senior thesis project combining dance and your other area of interest. You must pass an audition for acceptance into this program.

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Choreography
  • Dance performance
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Television

Post-Graduation Success1

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

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Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,858
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,194
  • Total: $34,664

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $31,308
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $52,454

International

  • Tuition: $32,198
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $53,344
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