The art, the training, and the degree – they come together in SDSU’s dance program in the School of Music and Dance. Students combine professional-level training with studies that earn them a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.

The degree in dance is built on a program with a 25-year history of distinguished choreography and technical training.

Philosophically, the program promotes dance as a communicative and expressive medium uniquely effective in the conveyance of meaning, emotion, and cultural values. It is a program that recognizes dance as an art and encourages students to take chances and find their own voices as individual artists.

Dance is a rigorous and specialized area of the performing arts, demanding a high level of physical preparation, as well as a thorough understanding of aesthetics and academics.

Upon graduation, students find that the technical and choreographic dance training opens the door to a large variety of professional careers in dance and dance-related fields.

Program Overview

Modern dance, ballet and innovative choreography are at the core of the SDSU dance curriculum, long recognized for its teaching excellence and contemporary aesthetic. In addition, dance activity courses provided in the School offer experiences for the general student population in modern, jazz, ballet, ethnic, and social forms.

Students have ample opportunity to develop and polish their dance skills in classroom and public performances within the SDSU dance program. As members of the University Dance Company, students perform in choreography and repertory works set by distinguished guest artists and faculty. Each student stages original work in a senior recital.

Special Features

  • Facilities include a fully-equipped Studio Theatre as well as additional rehearsal studios.
  • Studio Theatre, one of the earliest presenters of dance in San Diego, began booking well-known modern dance companies in 1975. This tradition has continued to grow in the new facilities.
  • Access to the Multi-media Interactive Fine Arts Technology laboratory, linked to students and faculty in visual art, dance, theater, film, and music.

Career Opportunities

Graduates go onto careers in the following areas: performers and choreographers in dance and opera companies, theater, film, and television; teachers in public and private schools and universities, private studios, adult education, and child and adult recreation programs; dance therapists in hospitals, community programs, public agencies, and private practice; dance notators and reconstructors for dance companies, libraries, and schools; dance writers/critics/historians for magazines, newspapers, and books; dance medicine practitioners for dance companies, clinics, and private practice.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Dance program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.