What is the difference between the B.S. and B.F.A. degree?
The B.S. degree provides wide theoretical and practical study of dance and is a good option for students wishing to pursue a major in another discipline. The B.F.A. degree is for students with strong interest and aptitude in dance and/or professional dance theater.
How many students do we accept into the degree program?
The purpose of the audition is to screen candidates for success in our department. We believe that students who pass the incoming audition will achieve the technique requirements for the B.S. degree in four years. Students are further evaluated as to whether or not a B.F.A. degree is advisable if they are interested. All freshmen are admitted as B.S. candidates when the UW-Madison admissions office renders their final decision.
Can I graduate in four years?
Our degree programs are designed as four-year degree programs. Students who follow the advising grid and do not experience personal difficulties should matriculate with a degree in four years. Adding an additional major to the B.S. or B.F.A. degree, taking coursework out of sequence or dropping courses may all impact a timely graduation.
Will I get to perform?
Students are required to perform in repertory for both the B.S. and B.F.A. degrees. The vast majority of our students have opportunities to perform well beyond the required amount.
What are the strengths of your department?
To complement the class training given by our diverse and prolific faculty, our guest artist in residence program offers a wonderfully enriching opportunity for our students to work with renowned professional artists each year. Students also take master classes and learn repertory via master classes from professional guest artists throughout each semester. We encourage summer study and provide financial summer awards to our students to promote continued study and enrichment. We have arranged national and international summer travel to foster a professional connection to the field dance and to connect to the global community. In 1926, under the leadership of Margaret H’Doubler, UW-Madison became the first university to offer a degree program in dance. We are proud of this legacy and feel this history rich with alums all over the world connect us to the field of dance in a very unique way. Our alums provide wonderful financial, intellectual, and spiritual support for our ongoing mission and for this reason encourage students to come here.
What are the strengths of the University?
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the top ten public universities in the country that offers students a world-class learning experience. Students can choose from thousands of classes in nearly any subject and take time to explore the major that fits their interests and needs. Students may take classes in the physical and social sciences, arts, and humanities to broaden their intellectual perspectives. Over 2,000 faculty support the research, teaching and public service missions of the university. There is a vast library system on campus, having one of the leading research collections in North America with a physical collection including 7.3 million printed volumes and over 7 million other items such as maps, photos, musical scores, and government documents. The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) provides many services including computer labs across campus, wireless internet in residence halls and campus buildings, printing facilities for large-format projects, production resources for video and audio projects. For more information about UW-Madison go to the university homepage.