Specialized Study in Dance
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Specialized study in dance is an instructional program in dance not specifically listed by the us department of education.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($24K) with a Certificate: The Ailey School
Career with the highest median salary ($44K) associated with this program: Dancers and Choreographers
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Careers for program graduates
Specialized study in dance majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Specialized Teachers and Instr...Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersEducation and childcare admini...Secretaries and Administrative...Secondary School TeachersFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Specialized DesignersGraphic DesignersRetail SalespersonsDancers and ChoreographersAccountants and AuditorsArtists and related workersCustomer Service Representativ...General and Operations Manager...TutorsExercise Trainers and Group Fi...First-Line Supervisors of Offi...Registered NursesWaiters and Waitresses
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0501001500-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for visual and performing arts changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Master's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
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1-2 Year Certificate
0-1 Year Certificate
Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in specialized study in dance doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field dance, which includes specialized study in dance.
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for visual and performing arts majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: visual and performing arts majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's invisual and performing arts by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in visual and performing arts
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in visual and performing arts. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Bachelor's Degree
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 28% of visual and performing arts majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of visual and performing arts majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 57% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
33%91%59%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in visual and performing arts
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Visual and Performing Arts (which combines 3 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  2. Specialized Teachers and Instructors
  3. Postsecondary Teachers
  4. Specialized Managers
  5. Education and childcare administrators
  6. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  7. Secondary School Teachers
  8. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  9. Specialized Designers
  10. Retail Salespersons
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Careers for visual and performing arts majors
Where do visual and performing arts majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in visual and performing arts
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by visual and performing arts graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Specialized Teachers...Postsecondary Teache...Specialized ManagersEducation and childc...Secretaries and Admi...Secondary School Tea...First-Line Superviso...Specialized Designer...Retail SalespersonsAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire visual and performing arts majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire visual and performing arts majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by visual and performing arts majors.
Visual and Performing Art...All other degreesActorsAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer specialized study in dance degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Art/Art Studies
  2. Fine/Studio Arts
  3. Music
  4. Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
  5. Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  6. Music Performance
  7. Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  8. Art History
  9. Visual and Performing Arts
  10. Dance
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Careers for visual and performing arts majors
visual and performing arts is part of a larger collection of programs: Studio Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater. Is there a different program that's close to visual and performing arts that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in specialized study in dance earned in the last academic year, 95% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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020406080100120Number of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 96% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For visual and performing arts graduates, men have a 18% higher median salary than women, This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all specialized study in dance graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 81% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
Award level
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020406080100120Number of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Not Reported
American Indian
Pacific Islander
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 54% of other programs.