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ASU to Offer New B.F.A. Degree in Dance

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Jun 08, 2012

Students who wish to pursue a dance major now will be able to earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at ASU, one of only two public universities in the state to offer the degree.


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In recent years, the art of dance has seen a tremendous expansion in popular culture.

Now, Alabama State University will provide an opportunity for students to pursue a degree in this exciting fine arts field.

The University will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance beginning in fall 2013.

The new degree program, which recently was authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, is one of only two of its kind to be offered by a public college or university in the state.

Unlike a Bachelor of Arts degree, which involves a broad liberal arts curriculum, the BFA is a professional degree program which places a more intensive focus on the study of fine arts.

“It is very exciting to be able to offer our new degree program in dance,” said Dr. Tommie H. Stewart, dean of ASU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. “It will give credentials to our students who want to pursue professional careers in dance.”

Currently, dance is offered as a concentration in the Theatre Arts program. Student applications for the new degree program now are being accepted through the Department of Theatre Arts.

Department chair Dr. Wendy Coleman said the ground work for recruiting students for the program already has started.

“We have several students now that are in the dance concentration who will transfer over to the BFA,”  Coleman said. “We have several freshmen students that are coming in that will be going into the program once it formally launches. We also will spend this year continuing to recruit students from performing arts high schools statewide and nationwide.”

Coleman said additional faculty will be hired to the head program, which will be housed in the Department of Theatre Arts.

For more information on the new BFA degree program in dance, contact ASU’s Department of Theatre Arts at 334-229-6929.
 

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