Earn your BFA in Dance

A conservatory-level experience combining broad-based education with intensive focus on choreography, performance and technique.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) requires further immersion in performance, technique, and choice of choreography, pedagogy, or dance studies. The criteria for acceptance include outstanding commitment, academic capability, advanced technical level, exception creativity, and professional promise.

The BFA in dance requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, including 86 semester hours of work for the major. In contrast to the BA, the BFA emphasizes choreography and performance through an additional 16 semester hours of choreography, performance, and technique. BFA students culminate their experience with senior projects in choreography, performance, or scholarly research. The senior project may also be taken for honors credit.

Prospective students must audition for admission to the BFA program by submitting the dance supplemental application online and either submitting videos or attending a Hawkeye Dance Day. This application will also be used for scholarship consideration. Students admitted to the BFA program will be admitted under conditional status and will be eligible for regular status during the spring of their freshman year based on the above mentioned criteria for the degree. Students already admitted to and enrolled in the BA program may apply for admission to the BFA program after they have achieved a Majors II Technique level and received an A- or higher.

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Portrait of Kristin Marrs

Kristin Marrs

Associate Professor of Instruction
Honors in Dance Director
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Molly Dahlberg

Molly Dahlberg

Academic Coordinator
Assistant to the Chair