Dance



Bachelor of Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Westminster College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance where students will develop an understanding of the artistic and technical elements of physical expression that lead to performance artistry. They will demonstrate mastery of improvisation, composition, and production elements (venue, lighting, sound, costuming, audience), in order to show deep understanding of human role of movement in societies. Students will also develop an understanding of how dance functions as a powerful vehicle for community/cultural development, and appreciate the role of the arts in fostering social change.

Who It's For

For those students who see the world as a great stage for improvisation, or those who wish to see it this way, this program is the right fit for you. Our students have a firm concept of the feelings they want to convey through their dancing and many of them thrive to become sensible evaluators.

Key Benefits

  • Grounded in art making
  • Professional technique and development
  • Professional mentors
  • Abundant performance opportunities
  • International collaboration
  • Dance for social change
  • Dance company internships and arts organizations
  • Cultivate digital skills to drive the future of dance
  • Prepare to be a cultural leader

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Through this program students will:
  • Develop advanced skills in dance
  • Understand the role of the human body in dance (anatomy/kinesiology/growth)
  • Create powerful original work through movement
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology to capture dance processes and products
  • Augment the visual and aural components of dance production
  • Become sensitive evaluators of dance processes and concert dance productions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of formal and informal global dance trends
  • Comprehend how dance functions within the context of community cultural development
  • Gain knowledge of key individuals, companies, and contexts of Western theatrical dance, non-Western world dance traditions, and the role of the arts in diverse societies
  • Increase your artistic creativity, understand how to draw inspiration from visual and aural stimuli, and be able to lead others through this process
  • Understand the internal workings of arts and community organizations and how cultural policy impacts these organizations Students will be able to manage and produce formal and informal dance concerts, effectively teach dance, use digital platforms to showcase dance events, and create dance projects with diverse populations (e.g., youth, individuals with disabilities, senior citizen centers, etc.

Plan of Study

Even though Dance is an open major, after the first year of studies the class is required to pass an exam with the jury. The minimum GPA for classes in order to major is 2.5.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

Westminster Dance emphasizes improvisation, individual and group felt experiences,collaboration, and community. The BFA degree in Dance prepares students for careers in professional dance companies, arts organizations, education, community development, health and fitness, human services, as well as graduate studies in a myriad of interdisciplinary fields.

Other Dance Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Dance.

In addition, we offer an Arts Administration degree with an optional emphasis in Dance. The Arts Administration degree offers students the opportunity to master business skills while pursuing their passion in the arts.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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