Dance (BFA)

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Dance (BFA)?

Through this rigorous major focused on contemporary modern dance, you’ll learn how the body works, research the art form’s expansive history, and define your own voice as a performer and choreographer. With strong relationships across the professional dance world, our intimate program features one-on-one mentoring from an extraordinary group of resident performers, choreographers, scholars, and educators, as well as numerous guest artists. You must pass an audition for acceptance into this program.

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Choreography
  • Dance history & criticism
  • Dance performance
  • Dance therapy
  • Somatics
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.1 years to degree

85% first-year retention rate

63% four-year graduation rate

77% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898