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BFA in Dance The Ohio State University



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An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, the Department of Dance offers students rigorous training at the intersection of movement practice, creative activity and theoretical inquiry. Students in the dance program earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and receive a comprehensive education across the field of contemporary dance with a focus on the dancing experience.

Because the BFA dance program is focused on building the whole artist, students can combine academic and artistic interests. While dance is the focal point of their academic practice, students can choose from a variety of courses to enrich, extend and support their areas of investigation.

Program objectives

Students majoring in dance at Ohio State engage in real-world experiences and utilize opportunities for performing, making and leading their own education.

  • Students will have a solid foundation in a breadth of contemporary dance techniques.
    • Upon graduation, students will exhibit an advanced degree of proficiency in the contemporary dance techniques taught in the department.
    • Students will be able to translate technical proficiency from the studio to a variety of contexts.
  • Students will be able to synthesize skills and knowledge from the department’s diverse curricular areas including choreography, history, education, movement analysis, creative technologies and performance.
    • Students will accumulate skills and knowledge attained throughout their course work.
    • Students will exhibit intermediate/advanced proficiency in movement practice, creative process and theoretical inquiry.

Possible careers

Graduates of the BFA dance program are young artists and entrepreneurs who creatively and consciously forge their own paths of professional success. They create dance companies and collectives and teach in schools, studios and universities. Dance graduates write books, make films, document dance traditions and engage in cultural diplomacy.

Dance majors are prepared to enter the dance profession and industry, nonprofit or private sectors as performers, choreographers, creative technology artists, educators, production and lighting designers, arts administrators, health science professionals, somatic practitioners, movement analysts, historians, and entrepreneurs.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BFA in Dance.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$34,989.00 (26,21,988) per year

Tuition fee includes an International Undergraduate Student Fee of USD $1,464 per semester, assessed to provide academic and support services for international students.


25 Aug, 11 Jan


College of Arts and Sciences

186 University Hall,

230 North Oval Mall,



43210, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have successful completion of university preparatory courses, high school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA, Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community, Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement, Status as a first-generation university student, Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area and High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors. English proficiency level TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test and IELTS: 6.5 or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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