BA in Performing Arts in North America

Compare Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Performing Arts in North America 2017

Performing Arts

A BA (Bachelor of Arts) is a popular undergraduate degree that provides the education necessary for many types of careers.  A BA also prepares students for advanced paths of study, such as a master’s or doctorate degree.

The study of performing arts focuses on both the theoretical and practical approaches in the many forms of artistic demonstration, including theater, music and dance. Students can study music either through an academic approach, a technical one, or both.

Spanning 23 countries, North America is continent filled with educational opportunity. Students have the opportunity to learn multiple languages and develop an understanding of vastly different cultures.

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Bachelor of Arts: Emphasis in Music Business

Los Angeles College of Music
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Music Business program at LACM is a liberal arts degree (BA or AA) that prepares professionals to tackle challenges of the modern music industry, understanding revenue streams and opportunities for innovative business models. It develops proficiency in applied business and accounting, marketing, digital distribution and monetization, A&R, publishing, licensing, music supervision, artist management, tour strategies and more, while also establishing a strong foundation in musicianship. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. Since the digital revolution, a new model has been established that empowers musicians and entrepreneurs to play a major role in the industry. The Music Business program at LACM is a liberal arts degree (BA or AA) that prepares professionals to tackle challenges of the modern music industry, understanding revenue streams and opportunities for innovative business models. It develops proficiency in applied business and accounting, marketing, digital distribution and monetization, A&R, publishing, licensing, music supervision, artist management, tour strategies and more, while also establishing a strong foundation in musicianship. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: B.A. Program (12 quarters) and A.A. Program (6 quarters). Course work is enhanced by extensive hands-on business practicums and internships with major entertainment companies in Los Angeles. Schedule of Required Courses [-]

BA in Music

Concordia College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Moorhead

If you love to sing or play an instrument, consider majoring in music. Learn about music history and theory, and earn credit toward your degree by being in an ensemble and taking private lessons. [+]

Music If you love to sing or play an instrument, consider majoring in music. Learn about music history and theory, and earn credit toward your degree by being in an ensemble and taking private lessons. As you spend time on campus, it will become obvious that the Concordia community values music. When the campus is abuzz with student activity, there seems to be music coming from all corners of the campus. Choosing music as a major or minor is a great stepping stone toward grad school in music performance or a way to display your creative expression while pursuing a second degree in business or biology. Additionally, one of every seven new music educators in Minnesota comes out of Concordia. Earn a Bachelor of Music Concordia offers two bachelor’s degrees to music majors: a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Music. Concordia's music program is accredited by NASM - The National Association of Schools of Music. World-Class Faculty From rewarding private lessons to inspiring full ensemble rehearsals, Concordia faculty and conductors will challenge you to perform at the top of your game. Perform Abroad Concordia’s top three ensembles tour around the world every four years. Perform with your second family while seeing the sites in far-off lands. After Concordia You can find Concordia music alumni all around the world – in addition to teaching, they are also singing, playing and conducting in some of the most prestigious concert halls and opera houses. Our graduates are continuing their education at... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Music

University of Delaware
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Newark

The Department of Music offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides broad coverage of music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. It is structured to provide broad coverage of music theory, music history/literature, and applied music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. Many students in this major are talented musicians who have studied an instrument extensively during their high school years and wish to continue their musical studies while exploring other academic and career interests. This program is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a dual degree, a double major, or a music major with a non-music minor. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. The Department of Music offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides broad coverage of music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. It is structured to provide broad coverage of music theory, music history/literature, and applied music combined with a liberal arts education applicable to a variety of career interests. Many students in this major are talented musicians who have studied an instrument extensively during their high school years and wish to continue their musical studies while exploring other academic and career interests. This program is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a dual degree, a double major, or a music major with a non-music minor. AREAS OF STUDY Music theory, aural skills, and music history core sequences Class piano Private weekly instrumental or vocal lessons Ensemble participation CAREER OPTIONS Arts administrator/arts management, including box office, concert series, programming house manager Curator/Librarian Educator (K-12, college, university, conservatory, religious organization, private studio) Fundraiser/Grant writer Graduate programs in business, music performance, law, and medicine Instrument builder, design, apprenticeship program Media development and marketing Music publishing Music school administrator Music therapist Non-profit or for-profit, arts management Sound engineer Vocational performance What’s special about this program? This major can be personalized to fit the academic and professional pursuits of each student, individualized to incorporate minors, Honors Degrees, Degrees with Distinction, Service-Learning, study abroad and research. We maintain a... [-]

Music

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

Offered by the Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences. Our University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). [+]

Music (BA) Offered by the Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences. Our University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Admission to the Program Formal admission to the music major requires demonstrated ability through an audition and interview arranged with the department, preferably prior to beginning university studies. However, a student may enter as an intended major and audition/interview during the first year. Students will be accepted based on programmatic approval and written declaration of major. 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better Completion of college writing requirement Completion of university mathematics requirement General Education Requirements A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline Major Requirements 48 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level Prerequisites (waived for students with equivalent music experience): PERF-111 Class Piano Level I (1) PERF-112 Class Piano Level II (1) PERF-120 Music Fundamentals (3) (with grade of B or better) Applied Music Lessons: All students must successfully complete a minimum of four semesters of MUS-122 Private Instrumental or Vocal Study (2) on a principal instrument or voice; music majors must enroll for a one-hour lesson each week and attend the weekly music... [-]

Audio Production

American University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. Offered by the Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to the Program Formal admission to the program requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval. 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better Completion of college writing requirement Completion of university mathematics requirement General Education Requirements A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline Major Requirements 59 credit hours with grades of C or better Course Requirements Core (34-39 credit hours) ATEC-101 Fundamentals of Audio Technology (3) (3) ATEC-102 Audio Technology Laboratory (1) (1) ATEC-301 Digital Audio Workstations I (3) (3) ATEC-311 Sound Studio Techniques I (4) (4) ATEC-321 Sound Synthesis I (3) (3) ATEC-401 Digital Audio Workstations II (3) (3) ATEC-403 Production Mixing and Mastering (3) (3) ATEC-411 Sound-Studio Techniques II (4) (4) ATEC-421 Sound Synthesis II (3) (3) ATEC-431 Studio Management (3) (3) ATEC-441 Business of the Audio Industry (3) (3) ATEC-450 Audio Technology Capstone (1-6) (1-6) Electives (10 credit hours) Complete 10 credit hours from the following or other courses with the approval of the department: ATEC-491 Internship (1-6) (1-6) PHYS-300 Acoustics (3) (3) PHYS-310 Electronics (4) (4) Area of Specialization (15 credit hours) Complete 15 credit... [-]

Theatre: Film and Television

Louisiana State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Baton Rouge

The Film & Television program, a partnership between LSU and Baton Rouge Community College, is designed to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge not only to create and collaborate on and off stage, but on and off camera as well. The program is directly tied to the growing film industry in Louisiana, and its need for highly skilled artists, technicians, and administrative personnel. [+]

Theatre: Film and Television The Film & Television program, a partnership between LSU and Baton Rouge Community College, is designed to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge not only to create and collaborate on and off stage, but on and off camera as well. The program is directly tied to the growing film industry in Louisiana, and its need for highly skilled artists, technicians, and administrative personnel. The Film & Television concentration is one of the ONLY programs in the country to include hands on courses in both production technology as well as acting for the camera and content creation. Graduates receive a B.A. in Theatre: Film/ TV Concentration. Students will develop a broad, comprehensive foundation in live theatre, electronic media, film production, and Acting for the Camera. Students choose their overall emphasis based on personal aspirations and interests (Film Performance, Film Production, Technology, Management.) The Film/TV curricula includes: Introduction to Entertainment Technology Film Production (I & II) Digital Post Production Storyboarding Acting I & II Acting for the Camera (I & II) Screenwriting (I & II) Film Internships (with professional Production Companies) Introduction to Recording Technology Audio for Digital Media History of Film Introduction to Cinema Studies And Much More This new concentration is offered in collaboration with Baton Rouge Community College. For information on this concentration, please contact Richard Holden, Co-Head/Undergraduate Performance & Associate Professor/Acting and Directing [-]

Bachelor in Music (BA)

University of Central Missouri
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Warrensburg

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree or across-discipline, individualized programs, such as music business. Music programs at UCM offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experiences. Music is an essential part of... [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. Bachelor in Music (BA) The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree or across-discipline, individualized programs, such as music business. Music programs at UCM offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experiences. Music is an essential part of the academic, social and cultural life at UCM. Each year more than 100 student and faculty recitals, concerts and other musical performances delight campus audiences and provide academic experiences for students. About the Faculty Music courses at UCM are taught by experienced, caring faculty members who offer specialized instruction in diverse music disciplines. Twenty of the department's 22 full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all teach beginning and advanced classes. Their busy schedules include solo and ensemble recitals, master classes, workshops, and adjudication. In addition, music faculty members are often engaged in scholarly activities that include book projects and articles for professional journals. Accreditation The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Career Opportunities UCM has been successful in placing graduates in prestigious teaching, performing and other music-related careers. Central Missouri alumni include the concertmaster of a major symphony orchestra, a member of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, a vocal soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, winners of national composition contests and highly successful educators. Financial Assistance The Department of Music's Achievement Awards, Service Awards and Music Foundation Scholarships are awarded based... [-]

BA in Music

Wartburg College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). [+]

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa to offer the music therapy major. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree leads to licensure in education in the state of Iowa. The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides you with a variety of career options in the music field. You may choose the general music major, which allows you to combine a music major with another major or minor field. Or you may choose the Church Music track, which combines course work in music and religion to prepare you for leading music programs in churches or for further study in graduate school. Music Department Fast Facts Wartburg offers four-year majors/degrees. This means one year less tuition and one more year of salary when compared with a state university. The college offers the only B.A. in church music in Iowa. Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa with a music therapy degree. The music department boasts a 100 percent job/graduate school placement rate for ALL graduates. Wartburg is one of only three colleges in Iowa to be certified by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). The college is the only Iowa school that offers ethnomusicology... [-]

Bachelor in Sound Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 4 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

Analyze dramatic scoring and compose film music in the style of selected historical periods and genres. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. BFA Sound Design Unit Requirements Major Coursework Core 36 Units Major 42 Units Electives 9 units Liberal Arts 45 units TOTAL 132 units BFA Sound Design Degree Requirements Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements: 3 Written Communication courses 1 Art Historical Awareness course 1 Historical Awareness course 1 Quantitative Literacy course 1 Cultural Ideas and Influences course 1 Employment Communications and Practices course After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement. BFA Program Learning Outcomes Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Listening Skills and Critical Analysis Analyze dramatic scoring and compose film music in the style of selected historical periods and genres Demonstrate thorough understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody and rhythm Demonstrate heightened listening skills and identify key musical components Production Techniques Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary music production techniques Demonstrate proficiency with audio recording techniques, editing, and mixing Composition Construct effective music for different visual environments such as film, television, animation, games and commercials Design music which supports the emotional content of the visual image Orchestrate and arrange music Professional Readiness Produce work in a modeled professional environment, with a broad understanding of the sound/music post production workflow Create a compelling demo reel that demonstrates professional level competency Think critically... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Claflin University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Orangeburg

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts degree designed for those students who plan careers as musicians and who wish to enter graduate or professional music schools, or for those who wish to pursue music as a vocation. Performing areas include Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental Music. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts degree designed for those students who plan careers as musicians and who wish to enter graduate or professional music schools, or for those who wish to pursue music as a vocation. Performing areas include Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental Music. Curriculum Courses vary based on performing area. Vocal Concentration Applied Voice University Choir Sightsinging Piano Instrumental Concentration University Band Class Piano Applied Instrument General Conducting Counterpoint Piano Concentration Applied Piano World Music Arranging Piano Literature Admissions Requirements All students preparing for an audition for admission into the Claflin University Department of Music should observe the following policies and procedures: Students must provide their own instrument, except for a concert piano. Any piece of music performed must generally be recognized to be an integral composition (arrangement or original), written for the instrument or voice part upon which it is to be executed and performed in its entirety, unless stopped by the faculty elevators. However, performers may play single movements of multi-movement compositions. All solos written with piano accompaniments must be performed with that accompaniment or a recording of it. Exceptions will be considered prior to the audition date. All performers are expected to demonstrate individual musical proficiency by selecting music of a grade level appropriate for potential University-level music students. Examples of "appropriate" literature for winds, brass and percussion may be found in the most current fall issue of the South Carolina Musician magazine. Region, District, and State level Honor Band audition... [-]

BFA in Theatre: Specialization in Acting

Santa Fe University of Art and Design - SFUAD
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Santa Fe

Our Complete Actor program will help prepare you for the real world of acting professionals today: by incorporating as many venues and mediums as possible. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. Our Complete Actor program will help prepare you for the real world of acting professionals today: by incorporating as many venues and mediums as possible. From theatre to film, TV, voice-over work, commercials and webisodes, we can help you become a proficient, modern actor. Our students graduate with experience working in front of a camera, a microphone, and a live audience – which means you’ll have bragging rights when you’re ready to hit the job market or the audition circuit. SFUAD offers a unique set of experiences to develop the Complete Actor: Four main-stage productions a year, for which all acting students (even Freshmen) are required to audition. Four blackbox productions a year, as well as smaller student-run shows. Student film casting through The Film School. Shoot the Stars! via The Film School, which creates an opportunity for students to act with A-list Hollywood stars. Actors’ workshops, featuring professionals across the industry in small classroom settings. Opportunities on television, commercial, and feature productions via our on-campus casting company, Midthunder casting. Internships with Garson Studios productions, such as A&E’s “Longmire”. In the past, there have been student internship opportunities on feature films including “True Grit,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “No Country for Old Men,” and more. The key to SFUAD’s Complete Actor training is the combination of two highly regarded programs. The Performing Arts Department has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Programs Outside of Los Angeles by Backstage magazine, and... [-]

Bachelor in Theatre

William Peace University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our B.A. in Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. [+]

William Peace Theatre empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists. Our B.A. in Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. Both the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre are taught within Theatre Department. This powerful synergy offers students specialized and focused training they need without bouncing between two different programs. Our teachers have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional theatre. Students benefit from decades' of professional relationships with theatres, directors, casting agencies, agents, voice teachers, coaches, choreographers and directors in places like London, New York and Las Vegas. Our productions and students have been nominated for various awards over the years, including: Top Ten List by Spectator Magazine, multiple Raleigh News & Observer Top Ten Lists, Best Comic Actress by Roberts Reviews, consistently ranked and reviewed by the Independent Weekly. Additionally, we have been awarded countless grants to write and produce original pieces, including: Dreaming in Color written by students and alumni in conjunction with playwright Barbara Lebow; adaptation for the stage of Charles Dickens Dombey and Son by Dickens scholar Elliot Engel; Better Late Than Ever; On the Other Side; Far and True; Tartuffe, the Rock Musical. Students have gone on to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Wilmington and other cities to pursue professional careers in theatre, film... [-]

BA in Communication, Media and Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Chicago Grayslake + 1 more

The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre links three creative and demanding disciplines, all of which take as their focus social interaction, technology, and performance. As a student in our department, you will acquire proficiency in the theory and practice of communication, media, and theatre and develop an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of your world. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre links three creative and demanding disciplines, all of which take as their focus social interaction, technology, and performance. As a student in our department, you will acquire proficiency in the theory and practice of communication, media, and theatre and develop an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of your world. The Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT) Department, as suggested by its name, includes three distinct, creative and demanding disciplines that are linked with their foundation in the study of communication in a variety of contexts. Students majoring in these areas will learn to become more proficient in the theory and practice of communication, media and theatre arts, while developing an appreciation of differing values and perceptions of the world in which they live. Topics of Study Interpersonal and intercultural communication Business and professional communication Public relations Audio and visual production Journalism Media history and theory Film and television studies Media writing Stage performance Directing and writing for the stage Dramaturgy Stage design and technical production Career Opportunities Journalist Video/Audio Producer Publicist Director of Social Media Recording Engineer Actor Screenwriter Public Relations Consultant Stage Manager Lighting Designer Learning Requirements Required Courses ... [-]

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Northern Illinois University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to take chances, demonstrate initiative and be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training. We are interested in students who want to explore an art form that will require a lifetime of dedication. [+]

Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to take chances, demonstrate initiative and be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training. We are interested in students who want to explore an art form that will require a lifetime of dedication. Bachelor of Fine Arts Emphasis - Acting All students are accepted by successful completion of an audition and interview to begin the program and are evaluated yearly to retain their position. This program offers intensive training with a personalized approach aimed at ensuring that graduates are prepared for the artistic and business demands of an acting career. During the first two years, students study different facets of the theatre including acting, theatre history, script analysis, dance, mask work, and theatre design and technology. Many of the university's general education requirements are completed during this period as well. The second semester of the freshmen year students start the professional block of training in movement, voice and acting. Training and coursework for the acting emphasis is Meisner-based and in-depth for all four years. Coursework includes on-camera acting for film and television and classes in voice-over, cold reading and audition techniques. Shakespeare and comedy of manners, dialects, stage combat, contemporary and period plays, musical theatre and on-camera techniques are also offered. At the end of the senior year, successful students... [-]

BA in Music

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Flagstaff

This degree builds on a strong set of core requirements, then sends students through a well orchestrated curriculum that includes private lessons, a performance exam, and major ensemble experience. [+]

BA Programs in Performing Arts in North America 2017. This degree builds on a strong set of core requirements, then sends students through a well orchestrated curriculum that includes private lessons, a performance exam, and major ensemble experience. This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Music? Try to imagine a world without music. Can you? It's with good reason that music is called the universal language. For most of us, it's a never-ending inspiration-the soundtrack of our lives. If you're inspired to compose a life in music, then one of our programs could be the perfect prelude. We provide a thriving environment for performance, study, and creation, and work to develop well-rounded musicians equipped to become successful teachers and accomplished performers. You will receive intensive private instruction with faculty musicians, plenty of performance experience, and strong academic preparation for traveling your musical path. You'll be exposed to a comprehensive curriculum, which includes music theory, music history, and applied lessons on all instruments. The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Note: If you want to major in Music, you must apply and be accepted to the School of Music's program in addition to being admitted to the university. Career opportunities that might be pursued: Education Collegiate band Horn ensemble Jazz band With further education, one of these paths is possible: Choir director Conductor Music... [-]