Dean College

Franklin, MA

Dean College

Franklin, MA

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Undergrad Performing Arts

Performing Arts Profile

So what’s next for you?

A career on the stage? Working behind the scenes on the business side of the entertainment world? Owning a studio or teaching future performers?

At Dean College, the future is what you make it. And we give students the tools they need to make that future a reality. From rigorous academics and conservatory-level training to unmatched support, Dean has a remarkable track record of taking students who have a passion for the arts to wherever they want to go.

The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
In the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, our demanding conservatory-level training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and related techniques combined with targeted allied studies will help you develop the skills and artistry necessary for a successful career as a performer or choreographer. At Dean, you will hone your craft by participating in numerous performances, and you’ll set out to create a body of work beginning in your first semester.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance
Combining our rigorous, well-rounded training in all techniques with a purposeful liberal arts curriculum, our Bachelor of Arts program is ideal for those pursuing dance teaching, studio management, pre-athletic training, performance, dance studies, choreography, performing arts studies, or other related fields. Starting your first year, you’ll have opportunities to perform, create, and engage in the liberal arts as well as in real-world dance experiences.

Advantages of the Dance curriculum include:
• Multiple performance and choreography opportunities each year
Regular schedule of master classes and guest artists
Opportunities to double-major or minor

Arts and Entertainment Management
Whether you want to become a theatre manager, a producer, an artist manager, a performing arts presenter, or an artist who owns a studio or a company—or if you’d just like to have a stronger background in the business aspects of the dynamic, multibillion-dollar arts and entertainment industry—Dean will help you hone the competitive edge you need to grow into an organizational leader for any entertainment-related business with the Arts and Entertainment Management major. From day one, you’ll explore current trends in live arts and entertainment events from around the world while evaluating case study examples and analyzing best practice models. Combining theory with practice, you’ll be put to the test by participating in Dean’s many theatre and dance productions, diverse events produced by the Arts and Entertainment Management Club, and other campus organizations.

Dean’s Theatre program is one of the best in New England and one of the few to offer concentrations in Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Studies. Balancing both theory and practice, our award-winning faculty offer diverse perspectives and foster a tight-knit, collaborative community in which you will thrive.

Providing you with the skills necessary to compete in the theatre, ourActing program is built around demanding conservatory-style training, which combines the best of Stanislavski, Chekov, Meisner, Lecoq, Fitzmaurice, Alexander, and more. However, in your acting studios, you won’t just focus on performing the classics, period styles, modern drama, or acting for the camera. You will strengthen your capacity for expression through coursework that includes voice work, movement classes, text analysis, and theatre studies courses.

Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre is one of the most exciting and demanding genres in
the performing arts. At Dean, our rigorous program gets you ready to become a triple threat: a singer, dancer, and actor. To prepare you for the spotlight, your coursework will include private, individualized voice training to help you develop a concrete, healthy vocal technique as well as vocal coaching to help you act the song. You’ll take dance technique courses in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, or Pilates, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore choreography. As a performer, you’ll also cultivate strong technical skills in acting and develop your ability to integrate all those proficiencies with ease, expressiveness, and authenticity in a range of material from operetta to rock.

Advantages of the Theatre curriculum include:
First-class venues, including a 200-seat, off-Broadway-style theatre and a flexible black box
A full season of productions ranging from classical to comedy to contemporary to musical
• Full scene design and costume shops 

The Dean Difference

Four academic schools
   - School of the Arts
   - School of Business
   - School of Dance
   - School of Liberal Arts
Bachelor’s and associate degrees
Internships for all bachelor’s degree students
Just outside Boston in a safe suburban town
Study abroad or spend a semester in Washington, DC
Unmatched academic support


• 93% of Bachelor’s graduates are Employed or in Graduate School within 12 Months.
• 1,200 students from 36 states and 13 countries
• 95% of accepted students receiving merit scholarships
• 18: average class size
• 87% of students live on campus. Housing is guaranteed for four years.
• 500+ social, educational, recreational, and athletic events every year
• 100% of our bachelor’s degree students participate in at least one internship before graduation.

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