BFA in Ballet, Modern Dance or Ballet and Modern Dance (double major)
Together with the TCU Core Curriculum, the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (SCCD) undergraduate programs offer conservatory training within a liberal arts setting. The BFA programs educate dancers to make an impact on the field as artists, teachers, designers, and/or somatic practitioners, and in the larger global community.
The undergraduate dance major curriculum is both thorough and specific. Unlike most other major courses of study, dancers begin to complete requirements for the BFA during the first semester at TCU. All dance majors enroll in both ballet and modern dance technique during their first three semesters. Each technique class meets daily. Much of the coursework fundamental to dance education is shared by both majors and the balanced emphasis on both classical and contemporary dance prepares dancers to meet the current demands of the field. Dance majors are not required a minor field of study, but may petition to pursue a double major — a BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance — during the third semester.
The SCCD BFA programs offer comprehensive studies in dance and dance-related subjects including: classical and contemporary dance technique, choreography, improvisation, dance history, teaching methods, variations, classical partnering, Contact Improvisation, dance theory, music for dance, lighting for dance, functional anatomy and international dance forms. Students gain entrepreneurial skills such as web site construction, creating a résumé, preparing for an audition, pinpointing career options, and grant proposal writing.
Dance students also have the option to complete a double major or a double degree combining either ballet or modern dance with another field of study. Recent majors have earned degrees in dance and Radio/TV/Film, Journalism/News Editing, English, History, Information Technology, Math, Religion and Political Science. Those who complete double majors or double degrees should expect to do summer study and/or be at TCU for an extra semester or year (depending on degree requirements.)