Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Department of Dance

Designed for students seeking a career in performance and choreography. Applicants should be trained in either ballet or modern and may have improvisational and/or choreographic strengths.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts. Coursework to include:

  • Modern dance techniques
  • Dance composition
  • Improvisation
  • Ballet
  • World dance
  • Yoga
  • Dance repertory

Courses in dance history, music for dance, teaching methods, dance production, art history, music electives, and anatomy for dancers are also required.

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
    • apply by October 15 to be eligible for November & December audition dates
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
    • apply by October 15 to be eligible for November & December audition dates
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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