The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in dance approaches dance as an art form and integrates theory with creative and technical studio courses. Emphasis is given to contemporary dance technique, composition and experimentation. Courses are also offered in body conditioning practices, ballet, history and criticism, and movement analysis. Course work in other artistic disciplines is encouraged, and opportunities for participation in a variety of productions are available. The program is intended for students who desire to study dance in relation to other contemporary art disciplines and academic fields.
Students are encouraged to plan their program in consultation with the school’s advisor.
Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines.
Although the University operates on a trimester system, most FPA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.
Entry to FPA 122 Contemporary Dance I is by audition/interview usually in early spring or late summer. Contact the school to make an appointment.
Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing
Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.
About the School’s Course Offerings
Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study.
Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.
Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.
Special Topics Courses
The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.
Prior Approval Prerequisite
Where a prerequisite is or includes ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.
Entry to first year Dance courses required for the major is by audition and interview. Contact the school prior to attendance at the univeristy to request information about audition details and dates.
Students complete 120 units, as specified below.
BFA Academic Continuance Policy
After a student has declared a major in Contemporary Arts, he or she will need to maintain their BFA Program GPA (FPA) at a minimum of 3.0. Maintenance of the BFA Program GPA level will be evaluated at the end of the 1st and 2nd academic years, normally at the end of the Spring Semester. A student who falls below a BFA Program GPA of 3.0 will lose their status as major, and meet with the SC Advisor. If the student has finished first year, they will normally have one year to increase the BFA Program GPA to 3.0 or above in order to re-establish the major. If the student has finished second year, they will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and the Advisor to determine
- if the BFA Program GPA can be raised and the major can be re-established and
- plan their academic career for either re-establishing the major, or pursuing a SCA Extended Minor, and the FCAT BA Double Minor.
Lower Division Requirements
Students complete a minimum of 45 units including:
Four core courses below:
Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Quantitative.
Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well.
An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: FPA 111 and one of FPA 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170 or permission of the instructor.
Plus one additional FPA history course outside their major.
and all of
First of two studio courses in contemporary dance and ballet technique. Introduces theoretical approaches to contemporary dance. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and minor programs. Prerequisite: Prior approval as a result of an audition. Corequisite: FPA 122 and FPA 129 must be taken concurrently.
Continues and expands on the work undertaken in FPA 122. Emphasizes work in contemporary dance and ballet technique with attention to theoretical approaches to contemporary dance. Prerequisite: FPA 122. Corequisite: FPA 123 and FPA 124 must be taken concurrently.
Selected dance improvisational skills will be explored in a variety of solo, duet, small group and large group forms through structured movement themes. Emphasis will be on sensory awareness, elements of movement, and literal and abstract imagistic stimuli. (studio) This is one of four courses required for entry into the BFA dance major and extended minor. Recommended: dance or theatre experience.
This studio/theory course incorporates techniques of body awareness, centering, and structural realignment. The emphasis is on body conditioning and body connectedness. This course will be of interest to dancers, actors, kinesiologists, and athletes. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and extended minor program.
The first studio course in a series designed for students pursuing a major or extended minor in dance. Emphasizes work in contemporary dance and is designed to develop technical facility in movement and acquaint the student with form and style in contemporary dance. Students with credit for KIN 244 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: FPA 122, 123, 124, 129 and prior approval by interview.
The second studio course in a series designed for students pursuing a major or extended minor in dance. Expands on the work undertaken in FPA 220-4 Contemporary Dance III and aims to develop technical facility in movement and acquaint the student with form and style in contemporary dance. (studio). Prerequisite: FPA 220.
Study of the development of modern dance and the reformation of the ballet from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on seminal dance artists and the impact their work has had upon the art form in western theatre dance. Students with credit for FPA 328 may not take this course for further credit. Recommended: FPA 127. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences. Equivalent Courses: FPA128 FPA328. Breadth-Humanities/Social Science.
An introduction to aesthetic theory as it applies to dance. Lectures will address, among other things, the nature of aesthetic experience, as well as issues pertaining to critical judgment, communication, taste, and high and low art. Writing. Prerequisite:. Writing.
and three additional units in lower division FPA courses outside of dance from below
An approach to the elements of acting based on improvisation, with some attention to working from established texts. Focus will be placed on the development of the actor's instrument. The work will include the development of individual powers of expression - vocally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, and emotionally. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Equivalent Courses: FPA151.
A hands-on studio course modeled on the progressive development of artistic practice from simple mark-making to full scale installation. Through a process of continuous transformation, an original idea is developed in a sequence of methods, materials and scales. Some research is required. A course materials fee is required.
An introduction to the processes, tools and technology used in the production and presentation of the fine and performing arts. Course requirements will include hands-on assignments in the production of theatre, dance, and music events. Students will work directly with equipment and materials, and are expected to be involved in work on productions and exhibitions outside of lecture and lab hours. Laboratory fee required. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments.
An introduction to the management, and organization of the performing arts. This course will provide a grounding for students who wish to become further involved in the administration of the performing arts and may include practical experience outside of regular seminar hours. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments.
Upper Division Requirements
Students complete a minimum of 34 units including all of
The first of four upper division courses which build upon the movement vocabulary of contemporary dance. Prerequisite: FPA 221.
Continues and expands upon the work undertaken in FPA 320. Prerequisite: FPA 320.
Students will be introduced to traditional choreographic structures and explore new directions in composition. Emphasis will be on the creation and analysis of work generated by extending the parameters of source, style and form in contemporary dance. Prerequisite: FPA 124, plus one of 224, 230, 240, 245, 252, 253, 260. Quantitative.
and 14 units selected from the following
Explores the vocabulary and movement range of classical ballet technique at the intermediate level. Further attention will be given to the understanding of body placement, balance, flexibility and strength. Practical studio experience is offered within the context of specific theoretical principles. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the dance major or extended minor program, or prior approval.
Continuation of FPA 322, with an emphasis on expanding the vocabulary and movement range of classical ballet technique at the intermediate level. Further attention will be given to the understanding of body placement, balance, flexibility and strength. Practical studio experience is offered within the context of specific theoretical principles. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: REQ-FPA 322, or prior approval.
A specific topic or set of ideas will form the basis for choreographic exploration. Students will create one or more works and participate in research and critical analysis, depending on the particular topic in a given term. Prerequisite: 40 units in FPA courses.
One of two courses which provide advanced level dance students the opportunity to work as an ensemble rehearsing and preparing for a series of public performances. Choreography will be created and/or selected by a faculty director. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the dance major or extended minor, and prior approval. Corequisite: students must be concurrently enrolled in a technique course at an appropriate level.
One of two courses which provide advanced level dance students with the opportunity to work as an ensemble rehearsing and preparing for a series of public performances. Choreography will be created and/or selected by a faculty director. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the dance major or extended minor and prior approval. Corequisite: students must be concurrently enrolled in a technique course at an appropriate level.
The third of four upper division courses which build upon the movement vocabulary of contemporary dance. Prerequisite: FPA 321.
Continues and expands the work undertaken in FPA 420. Prerequisite: FPA 420.
Advanced performance studies in intensive specialized workshops and/or participation in choreographic projects culminating in public performance. Course content may include interdisciplinary collaborations and a variety of performance styles and techniques. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: FPA 326 or 327 with prior approval by application. Students must be concurrently enrolled in a dance technique course at the appropriate level.
An introduction into the theory and practice of movement analysis based on recognized theories of analysis. Experiential work may be included in the course and a dance or similar movement background is necessary. Prerequisite: FPA 124 or 151 or prior approval.
An extension of classical ballet technique on an upper intermediate level. Understanding of basic principles is assumed and attention will be focused on combinations of movement, musicality and performance. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: REQ-FPA 323, or prior approval.
An advanced course. Students must have a thorough background in the vocabulary and techniques of classical ballet. Attention will be given to movement sequences from the ballet repertoire. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: REQ-FPA 427, or prior approval.
and nine upper division FPA units including one upper division history or theory course.
See advisor for course options.
* May be completed more than once for credit.
** Other dance related courses may be substituted with permission of the school.
Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements
Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.
WQB Graduation Requirements
A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit
|W - Writing||
|Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject|
|Q - Quantitative||
|Q courses may be lower or upper division|
|B - Breadth||
|Designated Breadth||Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci
|Additional Breadth||6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)|
Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit
The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 as upper division work.
In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.