Note: For Course Descriptions and degree requirements for all majors and minors, see the UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN. Students must also successfully complete the College Core Curriculum as a requirement for graduation in all majors.
NEW!! See our New Minor Interdisciplinary Program in Dance Studio Administration!!!!
Bachelor of Arts - General Studies
The Bachelor of Arts degree in General Theatre Studies is designed to provide students with an overall background and skills in all aspects of theatre. This degree program is open to any student attending SUNY Fredonia without audition or portfolio review. Students who complete this program are prepared for entry-level work in all aspects of theatre as well as continued study at the graduate level. Students can combine a BA degree in Theatre with several other possible majors to enhance their career opportunities in such areas as film, education, creative writing, dramatic literature, theatre history and dramatic criticism.
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting
The BFA degree in Acting is a pre-professional program designed to provide the foundation of skills and techniques used in performing roles from classical and contemporary dramatic literature. Students who graduate from this program are prepared for beginning careers with professional stage companies or further training at the graduate level.
Watch Autumn Stein '07, BFA Acting, talk about her experiences studying theatre at SUNY Fredonia
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Theatrical Production and Design
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production and Design is designed to provide students the foundational skills needed in the areas of theatrical technical production. Students who graduate with this degree are prepared for entry level position in technical production, including such positions as stage managers, carpenters, painters, electricians, wardrobe assistants, and designers. Students are also prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level. The program has four different emphases: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Technical Production.
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Musical Theatre
The BFA Musical Theatre degree is a pre-professional designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the craft and skills required for performing roles within the musical theatre genre, with an emphasis in acquiring music (singing), acting and dance skills. Students who successfully complete this degree are prepared for beginning careers with musical theatre companies, or continuing on for further study at the graduate level.
The Theatre Minor is designed for those students who want to supplement their major program with experience and training in theatre. Students receive classes in both acting and technical production. Theatre minors can supplement and enhance such majors as Communication, BFA Dance, Secondary Education/English, or Vocal Performance.
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance
The B.F.A. in Dance provides training for dance professionals within a liberal arts education. In addition
to intensive technical training in a variety of dance styles, additional studies in
choreography, repertory, dance history, kinesiology, and musical training are required.
The dance program curriculum is consistent with the guidelines developed by The National
Association of Schools of Dance. Acceptance to the dance major is by audition. Contact
The Department of Theatre & Dance for guidelines.
Facts About the Dance Program at SUNY Fredonia
Watch this video of Brian Moe, senior BFA Dance major, discussing his experiences studying dance at Fredonia.
27 credit hours
The Minor in Dance is comprised of dance technique courses in a variety of styles, with additional studies in choreography, repertory, dance history, kinesiology, and musical training. The dance program sponsors activities throughout the year, including master classes and workshops with professional companies and teachers. The dance minor can complement any major, and is open to all students on campus. Students must have completed 30 credits to audition for the dance minor. Auditions for the minor are held annually during the fall semester. Acceptance into the minor is based on an audition and a review of the student's transcript, with particular attention paid to grades achieved in DANC courses. Students wishing to declare the minor should have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
21 credit hours
The Interdisciplinary Studies minor in Dance Studio Administration will provide the student with the necessary education, preparation and confidence to take the step into the direction of private ownership. It is comprised of courses from a variety of disciplines across campus. The minor can complement any major, and is open to all students on campus. Special focus is given to the business and managerial aspects of a dance studio. In addition, the student will acquire competences in communication, the legal environment of a business, and the process of stage production.