• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Albuquerque, NM, United States
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance presents a broad perspective on dance training within a liberal arts context. Students completing the B.A. in Dance are well prepared to pursue both graduate work and professional careers in Dance Education, Dance History/Criticism and Dance Performance.
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The B.A. has two areas of concentration: Contemporary Dance and Flamenco. Students who choose the Flamenco concentration will be advised to participate for two summers in the annual Flamenco Festival held on the University of New Mexico campus each June. 

The program also offers minors in Dance, Flamenco, and World Dance. Auditions to be accepted as a Dance major are the last Saturday of January. Faculty dance concert and guest artist auditions are mandatory for all dance majors and are held Tuesday evenings. Dance majors are required to perform in these works if cast.

Dance Program Mission

The mission of the Dance Program at The University of New Mexico is to promote healthy physical practices in dance, encourage artistic exploration that can successfully encompass interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to performance, enhance critical thinking skills that connect theory and practice, and provide an educational landscape that develops multicultural academic and artistic perspective. 

The Dance Program endeavors to create knowledgeable and skillful dancers, guiding student academic and career goals to align with student affinities and abilities. The vision of the program is to provide the most current, experimental, and sophisticated choreography curriculum and productions in the southwest, and to explore and value the rich tradition of dance history as a living legacy for the contemporary artist/scholar. 

The program promotes and utilizes national and international faculty connections for student academic and professional experience while offering theatre and dance.

The University of New Mexico Dance program offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, a Master of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis in Dance History/Criticism and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. 

The B.A. and M.A. degrees prepare students for further study both in and out of academia and for careers in the Dance field as artists, scholars, teachers and professionals. The M.F.A. degree is designed to serve a small and select population of emerging artists wishing to prepare for professional careers in performance, choreography, and teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Stretch and Strength
  • Improvisation
  • Kinesiology
  • Humanities
  • Upper Division Fine Arts Outside the Major 

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General Requirements

To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point average of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.
  • Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22
  • Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media.
  • Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Dance must also be approved to enter the program by audition/interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    928 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 928 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    928 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 928 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    269 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 269 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
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