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Ballet BFA

College of Fine Arts

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The University of Utah’s Department of Ballet, which is consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the country, offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Ballet. In 2008, the University of Utah received accreditation from the National Association of the Schools of Dance (NASD). Our comprehensive curriculum prepares graduates for the successful pursuit of a career within the field of dance. A Bachelor of Fine Arts is considered a ‘professional degree,’ in contrast to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and the requirements for its completion reflect that professional status. The Department of Ballet requires 83 credit hours over four years to earn the BFA degree. Courses include numerous ‘in studio’ classes as well as critical thinking and creative process classes. An understanding of dance history, pedagogy, kinesiology, and choreographic process are woven with technique, pointe, men’s class and partnering to prepare students for a career in various facets of the dance field. Honoring and encouraging both creative and scholarly research, this program offers a balanced course of study that may include an emphasis and/or certificate in Ballet Teaching. Training within this degree program is rigorous and exciting. In addition to coursework, students are provided with an abundance of performance and choreographic opportunities.


This program of study is for serious students interested in a career in ballet or other dance related fields and requires discipline, dedication and a willingness to contribute to a collegial and effective learning environment. Audition is required for admission to the program. The Ballet Department offers an emphasis in Ballet Teaching, and a certificate in Studio Teaching.


Possible Emphases & Certificates:

-Ballet Teaching Emphasis

-Studio Teaching Certificate

Undergraduate Admissions: The ballet major is a restricted major. Prospective students must first apply to the University of Utah through the Admissions Office before they can audition. They must then apply to the Ballet Department by filling out a Ballet application and audition in person or by videotape.

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Last Updated: 3/29/17