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Dance - B.F.A.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance is grounded in studio courses in dance technique, with a 32 semester hour requirement in ballet and contemporary dance and additional requirements in jazz, tap, improvisation, and alternate forms. In the completion of technique courses, B.F.A. candidates must attain levels of performance higher than the levels required of candidates of the A.B. in Dance. Complementing the B.F.A. program’s technique component are the requirement of four semesters of membership in one of the department’s pre-professional performance companies, and a range of courses which employ dance as a vehicle for study of the human body, the creative process, musical form, the history of world cultures, psychology, educational theory and practice, and technical design for the stage and for multi-media formats. The curriculum enables dancers to develop technical proficiency and choreographic ability; gain experience in performance, production, and teaching; explore the scientific, philosophical, and historical foundations of dance; consider the relationship of dance to other art forms; experience the power of dance as an educational tool; and encounter dance as a total theatre experience.
The B.F.A. program in dance prepares its graduates to pursue careers as performers and choreographers for the concert and theater stage and for film, video and other media; dance educators in schools K-12; teachers in and owners of private studios; arts administrators and advocates; and dance therapists. The program instills in its graduates a resourcefulness which assists them in creating for themselves a means of livelihood in the economically challenging field of dance.
Students wishing to teach dance in Georgia’s public and other accredited schools grades K-12 must complete the 120 semester-hour degree program along with an additional 9 semester hours of coursework in education and a 12 semester-hour student teaching experience. The B.F.A. program, along with the 21 semester hours noted above, fulfill all requirements within certification guidelines established by the Department of Education for the State of Georgia. Students from outside Georgia who wish to teach in the schools of their home states find that certification requirements vary little from state to state.
Expectations of Transfer Students
Incoming first-year and transfer students are required to audition for admission to the dance major program. Interested dancers may contact the Department of Dance at (706) 542-4415 or via the website above for information on annual auditions occurring in November and February. The audition process is separate from students’ admissions applications to the Office of Admissions. Transfer students entering UGA with 30-59 transferable hours must have a college GPA of 3.2. Students entering with 60 or more transferable hours must have a GPA of 2.5. The University’s guidelines on transfer admissions are based upon available space and are subject to change at any time by the Faculty Admissions Committee. Any student intending to transfer at the junior level must attend an audition during the previous year. Students admitted as transfer dance majors must be highly proficient dancers. Due to the technical performance demands of the program and to the rotation of required course work, some third-year transfers should expect to spend three years studying in the dance major program. Highly proficient dancers transferring with credit for required studio and theory courses from other college/university dance programs might be able to fulfill all degree requirements two years after transferring. Professional dancers returning to school can enter the program at high levels of technique, and in such cases requirements of technique courses can be reduced.
Dance majors audition for Lucy Lampkin Dance Scholarships and for the FRIENDS OF DANCE Senior Scholarship to assist with tuition and other school expenses. The Young Choreographer’s Series Scholarship, awarded to dance majors distinguishing themselves in YCS productions, and the Cynthia Jarvis Memorial Scholarship for Summer Study in Dance assist students with costs associated with study in accredited summer dance study programs around the world.
Students working to complete State of Georgia requirements for school certification in dance fill one-semester-hour teaching internships and twelve-semester-hour student teaching internships in public and private schools K-12 throughout the state.