Undergraduate Admissions

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate degree programs in Dance (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts), Music Theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts), and Theatre (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts) with concentrations in Performance and Design and Technology. In addition to our Bachelor’s programs, Theatre and Dance also offers a Theatre Minor; we do not offer a Dance minor. 

Acceptance into the department varies by program, with specific instructions below. All programs require academic acceptance into the university through the Office of Admissions. Current students wishing to transfer in must be in good academic standing with the university, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. 

How to Apply to BA or BFA in Dance

Acceptance into the BA Dance Program at the University at Buffalo requires both an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions and a Dance Program Audition. We encourage you to complete your application to the University at the same time as you register for your Dance audition.

Although you must be admitted into the university in order to be admitted to the Dance Program, you do not have to wait to be accepted into the University in order to audition. We welcome you to audition at your convenience. 

Current UB students who audition for the dance major should contact the department Academic Manager to discuss their degree completion timetable.

An audition is required for our BA and BFA Dance degree programs. Prospective students are encouraged to audition prior to matriculation at UB. Current UB students who audition for the dance major should contact the Theatre and Dance Academic Manager to discuss their degree completion timetable. Students who have successfully completed their first year of study as a Dance BA can then audition for the Dance BFA at the start of their second year. Transfer students can apply to the BFA program during their first year if they have completed a full year at another dance institution. UB does not offer a dance minor.

*  UB students who are non-dance majors wishing to take dance technique courses should see the course schedule for dance courses listed as “open”.   

See the below audition link for details on the audition process and application materials to be submitted.

Students must be accepted both by the University via the online application and by the department via an audition.

  1. University Application: Submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions

  2. Audition Application, please prepare the following information before registering for auditions:
  • Contact information
  • Date you wish to attend the live online event portion of the audition
  • Pre-recorded video submission, see audition page for details. 
  • Dance Resume that includes your training history and the names and emails of two dance references. 
  • Career Goal Statement: 1-page essay about why you want to major in dance, why you are considering UB and your long-term goals in the field of dance. 
  • Audition fee $30.  

How to Apply to BFA in Music Theatre or BFA in Theatre Performance

  1. University Application: Submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Audition: Register for a departmental audition and submit all required materials and audition video via the registration form.  Interested students can register for an audition online. Auditions should occur prior to matriculation at UB (typically in your Senior Year). Current students who wish to audition should speak to the Academic Manager regarding time to degree completion.

    Students must be accepted both by the University via the online application and by the department via an audition. 

How to Apply to BFA in Theatre Design and Technology

  1. University Application: Submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Portfolio Interview: Submit a portfolio for review and sign up for a departmental interview. Interested students can register online for an interview 

    Students must be accepted both by the University via the online application and by the department via an audition. 

How to Apply to BA in Theatre or Minor in Theatre

  1. Incoming students should submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Current students interested in switching to a Theatre BA or adding a Theatre minor should email the Academic Manager. 

Recommended Timeline

Fall of Senior Year (or semester prior to transferring): Register for Departmental Audition or Interview.

By December 31st (for fall applicants): Submit a UB application to the Admissions Office. A completed application includes all test scores, transcripts, etc. 

March: Students will be notified by the Department of their audition or interview results. 

By May 1st: Notify the University and the Department of your decision. 

Students should audition prior to their matriculation at the University at Buffalo. Please do not wait to be accepted by the university before auditioning. Students must be accepted both academically by the Office of Admissions and departmentally by an audition or interview in order to join the Dance Program, the Music Theatre program, or the Theatre BFA programs. 

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