Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Develop a balanced set of skills in modern dance technique, performance, choreography and theory with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance in Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. This 124-credit undergraduate degree program gives students intensive training in a range of dance techniques, as well as provides a foundation for choreography, dance history and theory, and performance.

The curriculum is a robust course of study that integrates ballet techniques that follow the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum, as well as an investigation of composition, creative process, dance science, improvisation and repertory. Elective courses explore analytical, cultural and historical approaches to the study of dance. Throughout your time in the program, you’ll have multiple opportunities to perform at Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater, culminating in a senior recital during your final year.

Graduates of this bachelor's program have gone on to be artistic directors, choreographers, dance therapists, entrepreneurs, dance administrators and dance writers among other positions. Some graduates also find careers in research and advocacy.

This degree program may be completed on Main Campus during the fall or spring semester.

Group of dancers performing on stage for a dress rehearsal.


You can focus on Dance or you can take one of the following concentrations.

    • Dance Education
    • Performance - Choreography

Classes & Curriculum

As a student of the Dance BFA, you will further develop your cognitive, analytic, intuitive and creative skills—all while learning a variety of forms within a historical, social and cultural framework. A few courses you can anticipate exploring are

  • Dance Science and Somatics,
  • Music for Dancers and
  • Ways of Knowing Dance.

Learn more about Dance BFA degree courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Fine Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $18,552.00 per year
Out-of-state: $31,680.00 per year