College dance programs are designed to prepare their students for a career in the professional world of dance. Studies are often structured under the conservatory model, where students spend significant amounts of time in technique and composition classes, as well as theory and history, with ample opportunities for performance. Dance majors have a variety of career paths open to them, from teaching to performing with companies both large and small to commercial work.


California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle, WA

Parsons School of Design

New York, NY

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

Eric Fischl  | Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree Recipient

Eric Fischl | Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree Recipient

Fischl joins an illustrious roster of past recipients of honorary degrees from CalArts including actress Annette Bening, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, visual artist Ed Ruscha, composer John Cage, choreographer Anna Halprin and free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman.