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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance is a rigorous, pre-professional degree that focuses on ballet and contemporary technique, performance, choreography and education. The Department of Theatre and Dance trains students to work in professional arts environments as well as educate them in the rich traditions of theatre and dance. The department believes students should hold deep, complex understandings of theatre and dance so that they can participate in the widest possible cultural conversations about the arts.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a major in the College of Fine Arts need to apply for an internal transfer. Applying to the Dance major is a two-part process. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures and requirements to apply. Students who wish to pursue the BFA Dance degree must participate in an audition that usually occurs one year prior to admission. For more information, view Theatre and Dance's helpful hints and FAQs.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View the Theatre and Dance degree plans for a list of required coursework in this major.

Most Theatre and Dance courses are restricted to Theatre and Dance majors, but there are a few open to non-majors. Learn more about taking Theatre and Dance classes as a non-major.


Students may choose to pursue the dance studies option, which leads to State of Texas teacher certification for grades 8-12.

Beyond a solid base of knowledge and technical proficiency in dance, the preparation for dance educator certification requires a systematic inquiry into the pedagogies and processes that facilitate learning movement, dance making and literacy as well as history and legacy. The dance certification program is grounded in the praxis of educational theory and best practices in teaching dance, and is designed to enhance the teaching and learning experiences for both instructors and students.


View Theatre and Dance Student Profiles to gain insight into the Theatre and Dance student experience.


The study of dance equips students with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts. The dance major's presentation skills, ability to perform in public and control of the body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others.

Dance also develops the ability to:

  • Concentrate intensely
  • Listen introspectively
  • Observe keenly
  • Solve problems creatively
  • Think critically
  • Develop a project collaboratively
  • Work independently
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Maintain composure when faced with the unexpected

A small sample of directly related careers

Dancer and Choreographer
Dance Therapist
Dance Teacher

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.