Dance - B.F.A.

College of the Arts
School of Theatre and Dance - Dance Division
D101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2069
dance@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/theatredance


Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance develops technically sound, intellectually diverse and creatively expressive dance artists and educators who can contribute significantly to the art form and society. The curriculum provides students with opportunities for strong and varied technical preparation in modern dance forms, classical ballet, jazz styles, improvisation and composition as well as opportunities for performance and the presentation of original choreography.  The program also provides students with experiences in other art forms and disciplines, with required courses in theatre, music and anatomy.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Dance

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the:

Dance Division Coordinator
D-101C Center for the Performing Arts
Kent State University
P.O.Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2069).

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement, students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the:

Dance Division Coordinator
D-101C Center for the Performing Arts
Kent State University
P.O.Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2069).

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from this program will be able to 

  1. Perform a wide range of dance and theatre works by faculty, guest artists and advanced student peers. Students will demonstrate an understanding of a diverse range of modern dance styles, including classical modern dance techniques, release techniques and eclectic styles.  Furthermore, students will demonstrate increased skills in technique and expression over the course of their college careers.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of dance theory and aesthetics and successfully apply them in both studio and classroom settings.
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ATTR 25057HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 3
DAN 17053PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS I 2
DAN 27070JAZZ STYLES I 2
DAN 27074DANCE COMPOSITION I 3
DAN 27076DANCE AS AN ART FORM (DIVG) (KFA) 3
DAN 27170JAZZ STYLES II 2
DAN 37035DANCE COMPOSITION II 2
DAN 37053PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS II 2
DAN 37070DANCE COMPOSITION III 2
DAN 37072DANCE AND TECHNOLOGY 2
DAN 37192DANCE PRACTICUM (ELR) 1
DAN 37310MUSIC FOR DANCERS 3
DAN 47060PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS IN DANCE 2
DAN 47063DANCE HISTORY I 3
DAN 47070JAZZ STYLES III 2
DAN 47163DANCE HISTORY II (WIC) 13
DAN 47170JAZZ STYLES IV 2
DAN 47174SENIOR CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT (ELR) 1
THEA 11732FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS 2
THEA 11733FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES 1
or THEA 11734 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS
Dance (DAN) or Theatre (THEA) Elective (minimum 4 credits must be upper-division)6
Modern Dance Techniques, choose from the following: 224
One course required each semester that the student is enrolled
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I-A
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I-B
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II-A
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II-B
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III-A
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III-B
Ballet Dance Techniques, choose from the following: 216
One course required each semester that the student is enrolled
BALLET I-A
BALLET I-B
BALLET II-A
BALLET II-B
BALLET III-A
BALLET III-B
BALLET IV-A
BALLET IV-B
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Basic Sciences3
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3-5
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Additional6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Entrance to the dance major within the B.F.A. is by audition. Successful completion of DAN 37167 and DAN 37168 is required for graduation as a BFA dance major. Promotion to the next level of Technique is at the discretion of the dance faculty. Students must achieve a minimum B grade in the technique portion of the course in order to be eligible for promotion. Students must be enrolled in daily dance technique classes each semester until graduation. 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 2.000
  • Successful completion of the III-B level in modern dance and ballet is required for graduation as a dance major. Promotion to the next level is at the discretion of the dance faculty. Students must be enrolled in daily dance technique classes each semester until graduation.
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
DAN 27076 DANCE AS AN ART FORM (DIVG) (KFA) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Modern Dance Technique 3
!Ballet Technique 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!DAN 17053 PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS I 2
THEA 11732
THEA 11733
FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS
and FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES
or FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS
3
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ATTR 25057 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 3
!DAN 27074 DANCE COMPOSITION I 3
!DAN 27070 JAZZ STYLES I 2
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
!DAN 27170 JAZZ STYLES II 2
!DAN 37035 DANCE COMPOSITION II 2
DAN 37310 MUSIC FOR DANCERS 3
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!DAN 37053
PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS II
or DANCE HISTORY I
2-3
!DAN 37070 DANCE COMPOSITION III 2
DAN 37192 DANCE PRACTICUM (ELR) 1
!DAN 47060
PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS IN DANCE
or JAZZ STYLES III
2
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
Dance (DAN) or Theatre (THEA) Elective 2
 Credit Hours14
Semester Six
Requirement: present choreography in Student Dance Festival  
!DAN 37072
DANCE AND TECHNOLOGY
or DANCE HISTORY II (WIC)
2-3
!DAN 47170 JAZZ STYLES IV 2-3
or Kent Core Requirement
 
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!Additional Ballet and Modern Dance Technique (DAN 30000 and/or 40000 level) 5
!DAN 37053
PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS II
or DANCE HISTORY I
2-3
!DAN 47060
PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS IN DANCE
or JAZZ STYLES III
2
Dance or Theatre Elective 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!Additional Ballet and Modern Dance Technique (DAN 30000 and/or 40000 level) 5
!DAN 37072
DANCE AND TECHNOLOGY
or DANCE HISTORY II (WIC)
2-3
!DAN 47174 SENIOR CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT (ELR) 1
!DAN 47170 JAZZ STYLES IV 2-3
or Kent Core Requirement
 
Dance or Theatre Elective 2
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120