Theatre & Dance Degree Programs


Acting (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

The BFA 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 and across media. Students who graduate from this program are prepared for professional stage and film work or further training at the graduate level. 

Dance (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

The BFA in Dance at Fredonia fosters a collaborative environment of deep inquiry and open-minded intellect, thereby inspiring the next generation of engaged and informed dance makers, performers, and global citizens. The program focuses its movement modality training on Contemporary and Jazz dance with supplementary training in Street Styles, Somatic forms, Tap and Ballet. Additional courses in Choreography, Dance History, Kinesiology, Music, Theatre, and Repertory complement the rigorous in-practice investigation of dance as a universal art form.

Dance (Bachelor of Science)

The BS in Dance is designed to provide students with a broad-spectrum, liberal arts and sciences-based dance degree. With a combination of various dance science and wellness courses, dance movement courses, theory and dance-playwriting (choreography) courses, and electives to choose from, the program appeals to students who would like to pursue: Multiple undergraduate degrees at Fredonia or a single undergraduate degree and multiple minors; a multifaceted career in dance science, dance research, creation, directing, teaching, or administration, and; pursue a graduate degree in dance. Students who intend to incorporate dance and creative training into their careers will benefit from the BS in Dance degree by using the knowledge gained from this program to find careers in: physical therapy, exercise science, nutrition, social work and human services,community dance organizations, cultural dance and art organizations, business and arts management, and K-12 dance education. Students can easily double major and tailor their undergraduate experience to their specific interests.

Musical Theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

The BFA in Musical Theatre is a pre-professional degree program 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 singing, acting and dance skills. Students who successfully complete this degree are prepared for professional musical theatre work, or continuing on for further study at the graduate level.

Theatrical Production & Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

The BFA in Theatrical Production & Design is a pre-professional training program within a liberal arts curriculum designed to provide students with foundational skills in multiple areas of theatrical design and technical production. Students who graduate with this degree are prepared for entry level positions, including design and technical direction, design and technical assistants, carpentry, electrics, hair and makeup, properties, scenic artistry, sound technology, stage management, stitching, and wardrobe.  Students are also prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level.  The program has four different emphases: Costume Design and Technology, Lighting Design and Technology, Scenic Design, and Technical Direction.

Bachelor Theatre Arts (Bachelor of Arts): Theatre Arts

The BA in Theatre Arts 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 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.



Dance Minor

The Dance Minor is comprised of dance movement courses in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Ballet, with additional theory courses in choreography, dance history, and kinesiology. The dance minor can complement any major, and is open to all students on campus. No audition is necessary.

Theatre Minor

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.

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