Degrees and Degree Checklists
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. Prospective students may audition for admission to the BFA program by submitting the BFA application and auditioning at one of the designated BFA audition dates. 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.
The BFA in dance requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 78 s.h. of work for the major (75 s.h. in dance and 3 s.h. in a required anatomy course). In contrast to the BA, the BFA emphasizes choreography and performance through an additional 25 s.h. of choreography, performance, and technique.
BFA students culminate their experience with senior projects in choreography or performance. The senior project may also be taken for honors credit.
As a liberal arts degree, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) emphasizes a rigorous studio curriculum in conjunction with multiple academic disciplines giving the student a depth of knowledge in dance that is connected to other humanistic endeavors. Students meet the degree requirements through course work, concert productions, and independent projects. The degree encompasses technical and creative practice, body sciences, theoretical studies in dance, and other areas of inquiry.
The BA in dance requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 53 s.h. of work for the major (50 s.h. in dance and 3 s.h. in a required anatomy course). No more than 56 s.h. in the Department of Dance courses may be counted toward the 120 s.h. required for the BA. The program is designed for students who want to acquire a strong liberal arts and sciences background while pursuing a comprehensive undergraduate dance education. The degree stresses performance and choreography, as well as dance theory courses including dance history, dance kinesiology, and dance production.
Students must audition on campus during the semester before they enter the University in order to be admitted to the degree program in dance. Students must audition for placement in dance classes before registering for classes. Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.
Students interested in the Dance minor must attend a mandatory audition and be accepted into the Department of Dance as a minor. The minor in dance requires 15 s.h. of credit in University of Iowa Department of Dance courses (listed on the Dance Minor Checklist, below). Students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 or higher to satisfy the minor.