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