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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The curriculum for dance majors emphasizes technique and performance in ballet, modern and jazz dance disciplines. Students receive comprehensive training and experience in choreography, as well as dance as an art form. An audition is required for acceptance to the program, as well as placement in the appropriate technique classes. For more information about the audition process, contact the dance division.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Math 105 (or above) or PHIL 110 3
DNC Elective 1
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 145 Beginning Improvisation for Dance Majors 1
DNC 200 Dance History 3
DNC 245A Basic Choreography 2
DNC 301A or 301B or 302 or 303 1
2nd Semester
ENGL102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
DNC Technique II 2
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 243 Creating with Movement and Rhythm 2
3rd Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
DNC Elective 3
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 343 Dance Ensemble 1
DNC 343 Dance Ensemble 2
4th Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
DNC Technique II 2
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 245B Basic Choreography 2
DNC 343 Dance Ensemble 2
5th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
MUS Elective (See Advisor) 3
DNC Elective 2
DNC Technique II 2
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 343 Dance Ensemble 2
DNC 445A Advanced Choreography 2
6th Semester
MUS Elective (See Advisor) 3
DNC Elective 2
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 343 Dance Ensemble 1
DNC 445B or 451B 2
DNC 455 Biomechanics for Dancers 3
7th Semester
Elective 3
Elective 3
DNC Elective 2
DNC Technique II 2
DNC 400 Dance in Culture 3
Ballet, Modern, or Jazz Technique 2
Elective 3
8th Semester
DNC Elective 3
ART/FA/MAR/MUS/TAR Elective (See Advisor) 1
DNC 498 Senior Capstone 1
Ballet, Modern, or Jazz Technique 2
DNC 446 Careers in Dance 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of dance technique, history, biomechanics, kinesiology, choreography, music forms, and literature gained from a major in Dance forms a strong foundation for careers in the arts. Dance majors may become career performers or choreographers, or may incorporate skills and background learned in the major to work in education, outreach, therapy, arts advocacy, and fitness promotion. Dance, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.Some of the career areas and job titles below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Dance performance
  • Choreography
  • Teaching
  • Dance notation
  • Recreational therapy
  • Program design/leadership
  • Arts advocacy
  • Public/patron relations

Sample Employers

  • Dance and theatre companies
  • Performing arts centers
  • Dance halls
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Camps and educational programs
  • Arts organizations
  • Art therapy agencies
  • Festival and event organizers
  • Cruise ships
  • Fitness centers

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Dancer $15,142 - $25,000
Choreographer $18,600 - $37,700
Cruise Ship Performer $7,200 - $19,068
Dance Therapist $25,000 - $65,000
Dance Teacher $17,000 - $62,000
Aerobics Instructor $15,000 - $55,000
Dance Notator $18,000 - $39,000
Studio Manager $19,000 - $32,000
Dance Hall Host/Hostess $21,000 - $34,000
Dance Director $31,000 - $63,000
Ballroom Dance Instructor $28,000 - $42,000
Audience Development Director $18,000 - $50,000
Public Relations Specialist, Performing Arts $21,000 - $60,000