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BA in Dance

Shorelight - American University, United States

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Next enrollment cycle

December 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 54,354

Course Accredited By

MSCHE

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
The Dance Program provides dance opportunities for every American University student.
  • Dance Faculty work closely with each student, providing individualized instruction and mentorship in the studio, classroom, stage, and community. Creative research and performance opportunities simultaneously prepare students, while entertaining and challenging AU audiences with innovative dance productions.
  • The Dance Program is for the innovative AU student who wants to make connections between disciplines and forms, who wants to push themselves physically, creatively, and academically, who wants to be a forward thinker and creative doer in a moving world.

Enrollment Cycles

  • December 2022
  • March 2023
  • July 2023
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B-/8

Bachelor's Degree

  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%

English Requirements Certifcate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Uganda

  •  Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B5 and C's (2)
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Bachelor's degree, including Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery; Postgraduate and professional diploma or certificate
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper

English Requirements  Certifcate
IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

UNITED KINGDOM

  • See GCE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Bachelor's degree; Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 College Preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C or 4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C or 4
  • 5 College Preparatory subjects must be passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms C or 4

English Requirements
CERTIFICATE

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Dance (BA)

  • Offered by the Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

  • Formal admission to the major requires a minimum 2.00 GPA and the approval of the program director.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 2)
    Completion of all requirements for a major (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 9)

AU Core Requirements

  • Completion of AU Core foundation requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.2-8.6)
  • Completion of AU Core Habits of Mind requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.7)
  • Completion of AU Core integrative course requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.8-8.11)
  • For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 43 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 21 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements

  • Embodied Knowledge (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following:

  • DNCE-111 African Dance I (2)
  • DNCE-112 Ballet I (2)
  • DNCE-113 Contemporary Dance I (2)
  • DNCE-114 Dance Improvisation (2)
  • DNCE-115 Jazz Dance I (2)
  • DNCE-116 Tap Dance I (2)
  • DNCE-117 Urban Dance Styles I (2)
  • DNCE-211 African Dance II (2)
  • DNCE-212 Ballet II (2)
  • DNCE-213 Contemporary Dance II (2)
  • DNCE-215 Jazz Dance II (2)
  • DNCE-216 Tap Dance II (2)
  • DNCE-217 Urban Dance Styles II (2)
  • DNCE-305 Embodied Knowledge Lab (1)
  • DNCE-312 Ballet III (2)
  • DNCE-313 Contemporary Dance III (2)
  • DNCE-315 Jazz Dance III (2)
  • DNCE-318 Somatic Forms (2)
  • DNCE-321 Dance Styles for Musical Theatre (3)
  • DNCE-350 Choreographic Laboratory (1)
  • DNCE-355 American University Dance Company (1)
  • Critical Inquiry (12 credit hours)

Required

  • DNCE-260 Principles of Movement (3)
  • DNCE-360 Histories of Dance (3)
  • Design, Media, and Technology

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other approved courses:

  • ARTS-235 The Artist's Perspective: Video Art FA1 (3)
  • CSC-148 Introduction to Computer Science I (4)
  • GDES-200 Visual Communication Design FA1 (3)
  • PERF-261 Introduction to Stage Design (3)
  • PHYS-200 Light, Sound, Action FA5 (3)
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Management

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other approved courses:

  • MGMT-360 Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3)
  • PERF-470 Survey of Arts Management (3)
  • PERF-482 Technology and Marketing the Arts (3)
  • Creative Practices (7 credit hours)
  • DNCE-170 Opening Seminar (1)
  • DNCE-175 Creative Practice (3)
  • DNCE-475 Closing Seminar (3)
  • Concentration (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following, or other courses at or above 300-level with approval of dance faculty mentor:

  • DNCE-460 Advanced Studies in Creative Practice (3)
  • DNCE-465 Advanced Studies in Critical Inquiry (3)
  • DNCE-491 Internship in Dance (1-6)
  • Capstone (3 credit hours)
  • DNCE-470 Dance Capstone (3)
  • Tuition 54,354
  •  Housing 21,250 
  • Dining 6,320 
  • Other 2,000 
  • Program Cost Per Semester Academic Accelerator
  •  Fall 2021 $27,177
  •  Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421
  • Academic Accelerator Program, Advanced (2 semesters) 
  • Fall 2021 N/A 
  • Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421 
  • Housing Option Description Cost Per Semester 
  • Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has two bedrooms, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with three other roommates. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,034
  •  Spring 2022 $10,034 
  • Summer 2022 $6,562 
  • Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has one bedroom, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with just one roommate.
  •  Fall 2021 $10,611 
  • Spring 2022 $10,611 
  • Summer 2022 $6,939
  • On Campus Double Room 
  • The On Campus Double Room option is a shared room with two twin beds and a shared, common hall bathroom, in one of American University's on campus residence halls.
  •  Fall 2021 $5,048 
  • Spring 2022 $5,048
  • Summer 2022 $4,720

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