Undergraduate Degree Programs - 1st & 2nd Year Students
BFA Honours, BA Honours, BEd, and Honours Minor
The Department of Dance offers two Honours (120-credit) degrees in Dance at the undergraduate level for incoming 1st and 2nd year students: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours. All incoming BFA Honours and BA Honours students share a common first year of study. They then move on to complete their degrees in specialized stream courses for the remainder of their time in the program. An additional program, which is associated with the Honours degree, is the Concurrent Bachelor of Education (BEd).
Popular subject choices for a double major with the Honours degrees include Anthropology, English, Environmental Studies, French, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Kinesiology, Law & Society or Psychology. Given the demanding nature of a double major, students should allow extra time (approximately one year) to complete.
Also offered are the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance (90-credit) and the Honours Minor in Dance (30-credit).
NOTE: Due to the intensive nature of Fine Arts degrees, it is not possible to double major in Fine Arts.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours
Our BFA Honours degree offers two streams of study: Dance Education and Choreography/Performance. Following the common first-year experience, students complete their studies in one of the two specialized streams. In April, faculty assist first-year BFA students in making the stream choice by assessing area strengths demonstrated during the first two academic terms of study (i.e., Fall/Winter)
Dance Education (BFA)
The Dance Education stream offers students the opportunity to explore theoretical and practical aspects of teaching dance in a range of settings. Through theory and practice, students develop skills for leading dance classes with diverse populations that may include children, adolescents, adults of all ages, as well as marginalized individuals and those with disabilities.
Upon graduation, students in this stream will be prepared to pursue dance leader positions in recreational, community, and private educational settings, as well as to pursue a consecutive degree in Education, graduate level studies, and/or other certifications.
For more information about the required courses for the Dance Education Stream, please see the Degree Worksheet here.
NOTE: Students in the Concurrent Education program (BEd), as well as those intending to do a Consecutive degree in Education (BEd), or Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Joint Diploma/Degree are automatically placed in the related Dance Education stream. Concurrent Education students, as well as those in the NBS track, must complete the requirements associated with those particular programs.
For more information about the required Dance courses for Concurrent Education, please see the Degree Worksheet here.
For more information about the National Ballet School Teacher Training Joint Diploma/Degree Program, please visit this link.
The Choreography/Performance stream offers students opportunities for creative engagement with initiating, forming and presenting works of dance. With studio experience at its core, this training will provide students with skill in devising innovative movement and structuring choreography, through understanding choreographic elements and principles, and in the presentation of dance in various performance venues/media.
Graduates of this stream may go on to develop within the professional dance milieu as emergent dance artists, or seek further qualification and training in the growing fields of dance science and/or somatic practices.
For more information about the required courses for the Choreography/Performance Stream, please see the Degree Worksheet here.
NOTE: Students in the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Joint Certificate/Degree Program are automatically placed in the Performance/Choreography stream. Students must complete the requirements associated with that particular program.
For more information about The School of Toronto Dance Theatre Joint Certificate/Degree Program, please see this link.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours
Dance Studies (BA)
Following the common first-year experience, BA Honours students complete their degrees by focusing on cross-cultural dance studies. This degree prepares students to be dance scholars adept at articulating the complexities of the body in its cultural and historical contexts. Together with studio classes, intellectual training expands understandings of contemporary, popular, and traditional dance forms.
Students in this stream will be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences, and will also be ready to enter the diverse fields of embodied performance, for example, as writers, archivists, curators, dramaturges, and researchers.
For more information about the required courses for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree, please see the Degree Worksheet here.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance (90-credit)
The three-year Bachelor of Arts (90-credit) degree shares the first-year courses with the BFA and BA (Hons). Thereafter, students complete the degree through a balance of theory and studio courses.
Students in this degree will be well positioned to continue in a college-level specialized certificate program such as community & health studies, hospitality, tourism & culture, event planning, international development or public administration.
NOTE: As the BA 90-credit is a three-year degree, it does not support application for graduate school.
For more information about the required courses for the BA (90-credit degree, please see the Degree Worksheet here.
Concurrent degree in Education (BEd)
For students wishing to pursue a Concurrent degree in Education (BEd) with their Dance (BFA Hons) degree, we offer a five-year co-registered program. In addition to receiving both BFA and BEd degrees, successful graduates earn a recommendation for the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.
Department of Dance classes in contemporary/modern and other dance forms, cross-cultural studies, dance kinesiology, choreographic history and choreography combine with focused pedagogical studies to prepare students for rewarding careers in Ontario’s public and private school systems.
For more information about the required courses for the Concurrent Education Degree, please see the Degree Worksheet here.
Honours Minor in Dance (30-credit)
The Department of Dance has a 30-credit Honours Minor in Dance for students majoring in other programs. This minor offers an emphasis on dance studies with courses in dance writing, choreographic history, dance & popular culture and cross-cultural studies.
For more information about the required courses for the Honours Minor Degree, please see the Degree Worksheet here.