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Dance: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - Major or Honours

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Location
  • Campuses


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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6750 per year (Domestic) / $28,300 (Intl)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2100 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out SFU's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications for general university admission must be submitted for: 

Fall Term (September start): by January 31st             *Applications open Oct 1 to Jan 31

Spring Term (January Start): by September 15th       *Applications open Aug 1 to Sep 15

Summer Term (May start): by January 31st                *Applications open Oct 1 to Jan 31

Application Fee: $79.50

1) Program Admission Requirements


1. Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved Grade 12 courses, including all required courses for Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology>School for the Contemporary Arts as shown below.

2. Admission is based on an evaluation of ALL approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses than List B.

3. Students must also meet the General admission requirements

4. A dance audition by video is required. 


*indicates required courses

*Any English Language Arts 11 or any English First Peoples 11 courses

*A language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)

*Math 11, at least one of:

  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11

*Science 11, at least one of:

  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Sciences 11
  • Environmental Science 11
  • Life Sciences 11 (Biology 11)
  • Physics 11
  • Specialized Science 12

*Social Studies 11, at least one of:

  • Explorations in Social Studies 11
  • Francophone History 11
  • an approved Social Studies 12 course

Non-required, approved Grade 11 courses:
Any Arts Education 11 courses and Engineering 11

*indicates required courses  

*One of:
English Studies 12
English First Peoples 12
Français langue et culture 12 

                                                                  *At least

20th Century World History 12
Anatomy & Physiology 12
Art Studio 12
Asian Studies 12
BC First Peoples 12
Calculus 12
Chemistry 12
Choral Music 12 (includes Chamber 12, Concert Choir 12, Vocal Jazz 12)
Comparative World Religions 12
Comparative Cultures 12
Composition & Production 12
Composition 12
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
Contemporary Music 12
Creative Writing 12
Dance Choreography 12
Dance Company 12
Dance Conditioning 12
Dance Foundations 12
Dance Technique & Performance 12
Directing & Scriptwriting 12
Drama 12
Economic Theory 12
Economics 12

two of:

Film & Television 12
Foundations of Mathematics 12
Genocide Studies 12
Graphic Arts 12
Human Geography 12
Instrumental Music 12 (includes Concert Band 12, Guitar 12, Jazz Band 12, Orchestra 12)
Law Studies 12
Literary Studies 12
Media Arts 12
Musical Theatre 12
New Media 12
Philosophy 12
Photography 12
Physics 12
Political Studies 12
Pre-Calculus 12
Social Justice 12
Spoken Language 12
Studio Arts 2D 12
Studio Arts 3D 12
Theatre Company 12
Theatre Production 12
Urban Studies 12

Note: Equivalent AP or IB courses may be used in place of the above courses.



Accounting 12
American Sign Language 12
Computer Science 12
Engineering 12
Entrepreneurship 12
Environmental Science 12
Financial Accounting 12
French 12
Geology 12
Geometry 12
German 12

Italian 12
Japanese 12
Korean 12
Mandarin 12
Mechatronics 12
Physical Geography 12
Punjabi 12
Russian 12
Spanish 12
Statistics 12


Admission Advice:

1. Verify course requirements on SFU website under Faculty of Art, Communication and Technology> School of Contemporary Art

2. Learn about the dance audition and questionnaire

3. View full academic program description on SFU Calendar .


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy SFU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of the last three years of full time secondary education in English in Canada or another country where the principal language of instruction is English with a blended grade of 70% or a C in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples or their equivalents (an English 12 grade 75% or higher permits direct registration in writing intensive courses)
  • Completion of the last three years of full time secondary education in English at a recognized international school in a country where the primary language of instruction is not English with a grade of 70% in senior level English
  • Completion of IB English A1 or A2 (HL or SL) with a grade of 3
  • A three unit transferable English (ENGL) course or certified writing intensive course with a minimum C- grade
  • An IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6.0
  • A TOEFL iBT overall score of 88 or better with a minimum 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, and reading)

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Beyond program admission requirements, you should also be aware of the following general admission requirements for SFU. These requirements include:

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

BC Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Admission requirements are available for BC Secondary School graduates, check the BC or YK page



Out-of-Province Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Admission requirements for out-of-province secondary school graduates are detailed at the SFU Admissions website .





BC Transfer Student


You can be considered for admission as a BC Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work. SFU provides information for students transferring from BC colleges, other Canadian universities, and institutions of applied arts and technology.  For complete details click on the Canadian College/University Transfer page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as an Out-of-Province Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work.

For complete details click on the College/University transfer page. You may then select the Canadian colleges or Canadian universities or Visiting student sub-tabs.

If you wish to transfer from an Institute of Technology or College of Applied Arts & Technology you will want to choose the Institute/Technology schools sub-tab.

Mature Student

You may be given consideration as a mature student if you are at least 23 years old, are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, and have attempted less than 24 units of transferable course work.

For complete details on mature student admission visit the Mature Student information page.


International Student

International applicants may be admitted from secondary school, a college, or a university, or applicants may already hold a university degree.

For complete details on International student admission, click the International High School page or the International College or University page.




Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For information on other student admission categories, check Diverse Qualifications.

This category includes information on the following:

  • Indigenous students
  • Graduate Students
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Readmission/Reactivation
  • Diverse Qualifications
  • Mature Students
  • Degree Holders
  • Senior Citizen Applicants
  • Adult Graduation Diploma
  • English Bridge Program
  • Early Entry
  • Irregular Admission (Faculty of Education)
  • Concurrent Studies
  • Calculus Examination Certificate
  • Independent Schools

How to Apply

For application advice to SFU please click here.

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