Bachelor Programs in Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

Any student who relates to Shakespeare or has a burning passion for singing, playing instruments, or dancing may benefit from a Bachelor in Performing Arts. A general study of all three areas of the performing arts prepares students for careers in arts and entertainment as well as a higher education.

What is a Bachelor in Performing Arts? This degree often includes a general course of study spanning a combination of dance, music, and drama. While it is possible for students to choose one area to focus on, a Bachelor in Performing Arts is a general degree program that involves work from all performing arts areas. The goal is usually to obtain a comprehensive understanding of each area to better prepare students for a career. As part of the application process, students may be required to perform in one or all three areas in front of faculty.

This type of degree allows students to pursue careers they are passionate about and teach others. With a degree in hand, students can try out for positions and careers in various parts of the entertainment industry or seek a higher degree to become teachers or professors of their art of choice.

The cost of a bachelor’s degree in performing arts varies depending on the school and arts studied. In many cases, students may need to consider setting aside extra funds for private practice sessions, especially for those looking to study music. You will need to closely examine the programs you are considering to decipher the final cost.

There are many different careers that students may pursue after completing a performing arts degree. Such careers may include acting in film, television, or theatre, dance choreography and performance, directing for film or theatre, music composition and performance, talent management, and business work in the entertainment industry.

Many different universities all over the world offer degrees in performing arts. While some courses may be taken online, it is reasonable to expect that some university attendance may be required for practices and performances. As part of the application process you may even be required to perform in person in front of faculty at the school of your choice. To get started on finding the right course for you, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles)

Musicians Institute
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Hollywood

Bachelor of Music Degree requirements include completion of 30 semester-units or 45 quarter-units of coursework in General Studies. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. Bachelor of Music Degree requirements include completion of 30 semester-units or 45 quarter-units of coursework in General Studies. Language and Rationality: minimum of 12 semester-units or 18 quarter-units in: English Composition: at least 3 semester-units or 4.5 quarter-units Communication and Analytical Thinking: at least 6 semester-units or 9 quarter-units: Speech Philosophy English Mathematics Natural Sciences: minimum of 3 semester-units or 4.5 quarter-units in: Physical Universe (Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Meteorology, Mineralogy, Oceanography, Physical Science, Physics) Life Forms (Anatomy, Anthropology, Biology, Microbiology, Physiology) Humanities: minimum of 6 semester-units or 9 quarter-units* in: The Arts (Architecture, Cinema, Photography, Theater) The Humanities (Foreign Language, Humanities, Linguistics, Speech, Literature, Philosophy) Social and Behavioral Sciences: minimum of 9 semester-units or 13.5 quarter-units, including: Minimum of 3 semester-units or 4.5 quarter-units in American Institutions and Government Minimum of 3 semester-units or 4.5 quarter-units in: Social and Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Family & Consumer Studies, Geography, History, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology Economics and Politics (Business, Economics, Journalism, Law, Political Science) Additional options for study include: BM-Performance (Minor in Music Industry Studies) The Minor in Music Industry Studies provides an opportunity for Performance Majors to include concentrated studies in record company management and independent artist management and promotion. Minor Area studies replace some Supportive Music requirements and additional credits allow for greater depth in the Minor Area while retaining the comprehensive scope of the Performance Degree. Click Here for overall credit requirements. BM-Performance (Minor in Audio Production) The Minor in Audio Production... [-]

Bachelor of Music

Los Angeles College of Music
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Musically, this program builds on our existing Associate of Arts degree curriculum, further developing students’ existing skills, augmenting their “tool kit” with new ones, and accelerating their progress along the path to a professional career as a musician, composer or producer. [+]

LACM offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degree in the following majors: Music Performance Major Emphasis in Bass Performance Emphasis in Brass & Woodwind Performance Emphasis in Drum Performance Emphasis in Guitar Performance Emphasis in Vocal Performance Music Production Major Emphasis in Music Producing & Recording Emphasis in Composing for Visual Media Composition Emphasis in Songwriting The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree: Music Performance, Music Production, and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Brass & Woodwinds, and Vocal Performance. The Music Production major offers emphases in Music Producing & Recording and Composing for Visual Media. The Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. Musically, this program builds on our existing Associate of Arts degree curriculum, further developing students’ existing skills, augmenting their “tool kit” with new ones, and accelerating their progress along the path to a professional career as a musician, composer or producer. Admission Requirements The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree programs vary based on each emphasis. How to Apply for Admission Applicants who are ready to apply to LACM will need to complete an Admissions Application through DecisionDesk. Applicants will need to request their official high school, GED, or college transcripts from their granting institution and have them sent to LACM. TOEFL Scores, for International Students, will also need to be sent to LACM. All applicants will submit a $50 application fee when the application is... [-]

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Modern Music

Visible Music College
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Memphis

The Modern Music program offers relevant training in skill and character for musicians, artists, and leaders who want to succeed in modern music, either serving in the church or performing in today’s music industry. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. MODERN MUSIC The Modern Music program offers relevant training in skill and character for musicians, artists, and leaders who want to succeed in modern music, either serving in the church or performing in today’s music industry. The program and curriculum is designed to give the student both the academic knowledge necessary for a career in popular music and the vocational experience and spiritual growth needed to succeed in the field of ministry and life. Whether you sing, lead worship, play guitar, horns, strings, drums, or any musical instrument, Visible Music College has a place for you – in the band! Our unique program puts you into a band in your first semester of college, playing the best music in the world, learning band dynamics, signing contracts, recording, and playing live your first year. [-]

Bachelor in Music Business

SAE Institute Berlin
Campus Full time Part time 24 - 42 months March 2018 Germany Berlin + 1 more

With a focus on entrepreneurship this programme has been developed to encompass innovative business models for a digital age and provide you with the knowledge and skills in key aspects of the business of music, where the mantra ‘change equals opportunity’ holds true. [+]

OVERVIEW With a focus on entrepreneurship this programme has been developed to encompass innovative business models for a digital age and provide you with the knowledge and skills in key aspects of the business of music, where the mantra ‘change equals opportunity’ holds true. The course covers core aspects of the music industry ranging from cultural and historical perspectives, analysis and forecasting, legal frameworks and revenue streams to planning, budgeting, marketing and honing digital media skills across a wide variety of industry scenarios such as artist management, publishing, e-music and live event management. The study programme consists of two courses, the well known and industry recognised SAE Music Business Diploma and the Bachelor level that provides you with additional skill sets and understanding of the creative industries, project management, intellectual property and specialised audio technique, leading to an internationally recognised BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business* degree, validated by Middlesex University, London. There are different study modes available: Full time: The course is delivered full time where the standard duration is 96 weeks (24 months). This compact, fast-track study allows you to graduate quicker, and start your career earlier. Part time: In case of part time studies, there are 2 options available. Option one comprises a standard period of 120 weeks (30 months). Option 2 covers 168 weeks (42 months). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS University entrance qualifaction (Abitur or similar) Alternatively: minimum age of 18 years plus intermediate educational qualification and aptitude test Own notebook computer for office work, theoretical tests and own notes... [-]

Bachelor Music

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Conservatorium Maastricht is an internationally oriented music academy and is part of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. It is located in the centre of Europe, close to Belgium, Luxemburg [+]

Bachelor MusicConservatorium Maastricht is an internationally oriented music academy and is part of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. It is located in the centre of Europe, close to Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, and France. Because of its international position, there are ample opportunities to gain experience on important national and international stages.


Currently, 442 students of around forty-eight different nationalities study at Conservatorium Maastricht. There are three different departments: Classical Music, Jazz/Pop and Music in Education. Conservatorium Maastricht offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.


The four arts faculties of Zuyd University (Conservatorium Maastricht, Drama Academy, Academy of Fine Arts and Academy of Design) attract national and international artists and arts students to Maastricht. These arts faculties have been working together with Maastricht University for a long time. This collaboration will be even more intense in the future, which will further increase the attraction of Maastricht as a European City of Education. 

Annually, the city of Maastricht welcomes seven million visitors from the Netherlands and from abroad.... [-]


Bachelor in Music

University of Redlands
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Redlands

In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. Our studio teachers are... [+]

Bachelor in Music In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. Our studio teachers are among the finest musicians and teachers in Southern California. The classes are small and your teachers will know you as a person, not just as a name on a class roster. Whether music is your major or you just have an interest in music, everyone is encouraged to participate in the diverse, musical environment found on campus. At Redlands you can perform in: Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band University Orchestra University Choir Bel Canto Chapel Singers Opera Workshop Studio Big Band Percussion Ensemble Guitar Ensembles Jazz Improvisation Ensemble A variety of academic scholarships are available at the University of Redlands. In addition, the School of Music offers music scholarships for those majoring or minoring in music. The office of Student Financial Services offers financial assistance to more than 80 percent of the student body. Assistance can be in the form of grants, loans and work-study. Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Music Performance Composition Music Education Music Admissions In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a... [-]

BM in Music Therapy

Wartburg College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to complete the coursework aligned with the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to qualify for becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. 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 Music in Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to complete the coursework aligned with the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to qualify for becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. A six month internship post coursework is required before sitting for the board certification exam. 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 as an active part of the music curriculum. Music education students start field experience in their... [-]

Bachelor in Musical Theatre

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

Our B.F.A. in Musical Theatre features an intense, specialized and synchronized curriculum. [+]

William Peace Theatre empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists. Our B.F.A. in Musical 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. Musical Theatre majors develop strong singing, dancing and acting skills needed to make a mark on the professional and wonderful world of theatre. Students build vocal technique, repertoire and musicianship through private lessons focused specifically on current musical theatre style. 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... [-]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Music

International College of Liberal Arts - Yamanashi Gakuin University
Campus Full time April 2018 Japan Kōfu

This course serves as a broad and gentle introduction to psychoacoustics, music psychology, and musical acoustics. Relationships between the production, physics, and perception of sound, as well as similarities and differences between music and language are explored. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Music How We Listen to Music: Foundations of Music Perception, Cognition, and Acoustics This course serves as a broad and gentle introduction to psychoacoustics, music psychology, and musical acoustics. Relationships between the production, physics, and perception of sound, as well as similarities and differences between music and language are explored. Phenomena such as absolute (perfect) pitch, synaesthesia, and amusia are discussed. Course activities will include lectures, readings, in-class experiments, and student presentations. Objectives Upon completion of this course, students should be able to (i) have a greater understanding of how musical instruments and the human voice operate; (ii) gain a greater awareness of musical parameters, the physical dimensions of sound, and the human auditory system; (iii) gain experience in designing and conducting basic experiments; and (iv) apply knowledge and experience obtained from this course to subsequent courses in music and related areas. History of Western Music A broad survey of Western Classical music, extending from 800 AD to the present. Course activities include lectures, writing and listening assignments, and primary source readings. Salient repertoire from each historical period is situated in a sociocultural and sociopolitical context. The reception histories of particular works will be addressed. Parallels between musical aesthetics and techniques and concurrent tendencies in other art forms, as well as the influence of non-Western music on Western composers are discussed. Objectives This course will introduce students to (i) vocabulary essential for writing about and discussing Western Classical music and (ii)... [-]

Bachelor in Music

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

Whether you are interested in a major or minor in music education or performance, the music program places an emphasis on the development of your musical performance abilities. Many of Northeastern's faculty members have trained at some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the world. [+]

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This site highlights the many exceptional academics, faculty, performances and programs produced through the department. Your learning is an important endeavor. We look forward to working with you as you take the next steps in your education and growth. Whether you are interested in a major or minor in music education or performance, the music program places an emphasis on the development of your musical performance abilities. Many of Northeastern's faculty members have trained at some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the world. This level of knowledge and experience, along with your personal investment, will make your studio lessons second-to-none. Participation in musical ensembles is a requirement of all music students, as well as attendance at live performances each semester. All students seeking admission to the music program must perform a live audition. Students enrolled as a Music major will earn the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree. Enrolled students choose an emphasis: vocal performance instrumental performance K-12 music education: vocal K-12 music education: instrumental Learning Requirements Emphasis Ia: Vocal Performance Required Courses ... [-]

Modeller - Professional Training Program

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Venice
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Venice

Modellista has a central role in the fashion world; is a key figure and strongly demanded by clothing-producing companies being able to interpret and shape the ideas of creators, transforming the design-styling of Fashion Designer or Style Office into prototype prototype. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. Modellista has a central role in the fashion world; is a key figure and strongly demanded by clothing-producing companies being able to interpret and shape the ideas of creators, transforming the design-styling of Fashion Designer or Style Office into prototype prototype. The acquired professional skills enable him to follow and coordinate all stages of clothing development, from designing the basic pattern of patterns to their fabric transfer, from making technical sheets to modifying sizes through a CAD system. It also has good packaging concepts and is able to guide the choice of materials that best suit your head yield, ensuring proper fit. Professional Opportunities- Model, Model CAD, Prototype Assistant and Fashion CAD Illustrator. Who should attend - The Professional Training Program is aimed at those who have developed a particular sensibility to fashion, evolution of dress style, as well as peculiar aptitudes to distinguish tailoring products of quality. The training course aims to provide highly professional specific skills, tailored to a complete fashion design, from ideation to the three-dimensional design of the garment, both for those who find employment within the office style and for those who wants to take the business road as a designer. Methodology and structure - The training course is divided into two years. The first year is devoted to the acquisition of specific cultural references on the evolution of fashion history, tissue technology, design methodology, the basics of modeling and sartorial techniques. The second year is aimed at acquiring awareness and... [-]

Bachelor of Music

University of Central Oklahoma
Campus Full time 4 years January 2018 USA Edmond

The School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma offers five undergraduate degree programs: a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Instrumental Performance, a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Musical Theatre, a Bachelor of Music Education: Vocal, and a Bachelor of Music Education: Instrumental. [+]

The mission of the School of Music is leading in musical excellence through transformative teaching, performing and scholarly activity. The University of Central Oklahoma's School of Music is recognized nationwide as one of Oklahoma's foremost institutions for preparing professional musicians in all fields due to the following: High academic and performance standards Gifted faculty of conductors, studio teachers, composers, historians, theorists, music educators, scholars and administrators Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music Variety of instrumental ensembles, choral groups, opera groups and musical theatre troupes that travel nationally and internationally Opportunities to provide music for professional venues, schools, conventions and on the UCO campus Alumni are staffed nationwide in public schools and universities as well as performing with recognized musical theater companies, opera companies, service bands, orchestras, leading jazz ensembles and recording studios throughout the country The School of Music maintains a high level of commitment to its students, alumni and musical community; it is dedicated to assisting them in meeting the challenges of an ever-broadening and diversifying musical world. The School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma offers five undergraduate degree programs: a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Instrumental Performance, a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Musical Theatre, a Bachelor of Music Education: Vocal, and a Bachelor of Music Education: Instrumental. Thank you for your interest in the undergraduate degree programs offered by the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. Faculty members in the... [-]

Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music

International College of Music
Campus Full time 3 years January 2018 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Building on the College’s highly successful previous music degrees in Arranging and Music Production & Technology specialisms, the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music introduces a broad based route focusing on four core areas demanded of professional musicians in the industry. The full time program is highly career-centric and prepares you for a rewarding multifaceted music career. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. Building on the College’s highly successful previous music degrees in Arranging and Music Production & Technology specialisms, the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music introduces a broad based route focusing on four core areas demanded of professional musicians in the industry. The full time program is highly career-centric and prepares you for a rewarding multifaceted music career. Program Overview In the core area of music performance, you will develop dexterity in your principal instrument allowing you to master advanced level scales and technical studies in major and minor modes. You will develop group performance dynamics and band leadership skills through ensemble performances that play in the idioms of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and pop music. You will also study various methods of improvisation and repertory studies to build a vast memorized repertoire in preparation for performing in gigs. You will plan for and conduct your own performance recital in your final year, showcasing your instrumental proficiency and musicianship. In the area of music arranging, you will learn score layout, instrument properties and ranges, orchestration and scoring techniques for horns, voices and orchestra. You will develop skills in using music notation software to write arranging scores and instrumental parts for small and big bands, for live show bands and for full orchestra. You will study music composition techniques and produce commercial works for jingles, music albums and composition for visuals and video games. In the area of music production, you will develop studio and live... [-]

Bachelor in Music Business

Greenville College
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Greenville

The constantly changing climate of the music business serves as the backdrop for the Music Business Major. Students learn by studying a wide range of topics, including Copyright, Record Contracts, Music Publishing, Artists Management, Record Company Operations, Internet Marketing and Distribution and International Music Business. [+]

The constantly changing climate of the music business serves as the backdrop for the Music Business Major. Students learn by studying a wide range of topics, including Copyright, Record Contracts, Music Publishing, Artists Management, Record Company Operations, Internet Marketing and Distribution and International Music Business. Greenville College has served as the launching pad for numerous producers, managers and promoters. The Music Business Major is designed to combine real-life work experience with classroom instruction in order to prepare graduates for entry and mid-level careers. Career opportunities for outstanding Music Business majors include positions at major and independent companies in areas such as commercial and independent music production, booking, artists and business management, marketing, promotion, publicity, music publishing and entertainment law. Graduates also pursue a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities as business owners and independent contractors. Entrance Requirements Greenville College admits students who desire to achieve a liberal arts education in an evangelical Christian context. Members of this community are either committed to Christ or are sympathetic to the Christian perspective. Applicants are evaluated by consideration of their academic record, test scores, references, interviews, and participation in extracurricular activities. To be considered for admission, students must submit the following: A completed Application for Admission, including full responses to the application essays High School Transcripts College Transcripts (if the student has attended any colleges previously) ACT or SAT scores (required only of entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits) References (only if requested by the Admissions Committee) The Admissions Office... [-]

Bachelor of Music: Instrumental

Mansfield University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Mansfield

For those talented musicians interested in refining their skills to prepare for careers as performing musicians, Mansfield University's Bachelor of Music degree in Performance is a great match. [+]

Bachelors in Performing Arts. For those talented musicians interested in refining their skills to prepare for careers as performing musicians, Mansfield University's Bachelor of Music degree in Performance is a great match. Offered in Piano, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, and Percussion. This program focuses on the development of the student's technique and artistry, ensemble dynamics, knowledge of repertoire, and practical pedagogical techniques. Take advantage of the many performance opportunities available to you. Our ensembles tour annually, frequently going throughout the US and abroad. Our students regularly perform solo engagements throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and all around the Northeast. Work with accomplished musicians and teachers - Mansfield University Music faculty are known throughout the region, the country, and the world. Take advantage of Mansfield University's cutting-edge recording equipment to create audition CDs. Students who choose this degree should be fully aware of the professional commitment they are making to the art of music. They should expect to continue their studies at the graduate level and to spend their lives in the constant pursuit of excellence through disciplined practice, study, and performance. Students may be admitted to the program either at the time of their audition or may arrange an audition after beginning their studies at Mansfield University. Recent graduates have been accepted at the following graduate schools: Rutgers University Carnegie-Melon University Eastman School of Music Harte School of Music Ball State University University of Kansas San Francisco Conservatory... [-]