In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Music degree, a student must complete all requirements for Bard’s Bachelor of Arts degree in a field other than music, in addition to Conservatory requirements. Five years of study will normally be required to complete all requirements for the two degrees. A Conservatory student may withdraw from the Conservatory and continue as a B.A. candidate at Bard College. (Such a decision may have an impact on the student’s financial aid.) However, a student may not withdraw from Bard’s B.A. program and continue in the Conservatory.
Requirements for the simultaneously awarded degrees of B. Music and B.A. can be summarized as follows:
1. A minimum of 160 credits, at least 64 of which must be taken at Bard. [Students who enrolled before Fall, 2011 are required to complete a minimum of 156 credits.]
2. A minimum of 40 credits outside the division of B.A. major.
3. Every student must take two semesters of First-Year Seminar. Transfer students may be exempt.
4. Every student must be promoted to the Upper College by passing moderation.
5. Every student must complete an acceptable B.A. senior project in a field other than music.
6. Distribution requirements: one course from each of the appropriate distribution areas.
7. Studio instruction (CNSV 100) in every semester of enrollment for performance majors. Composition tutorial (CNSV 102) in every semester of enrollment for composition majors.
8. Orchestra (CNSV 112) in every semester of enrollment for performance majors.
9. Chamber music (CNSV 110) in every semester of enrollment for performance majors.
10. Conservatory Seminar (CNSV 115, 116, 215, 216) four semesters.
11. Aural Skills (CNSV 108, 109) two semesters. [Does not apply to students who enrolled before Fall, 2010.]
12. Music History (MUS 264-265).
13. Conservatory Senior Project (CNSV 401) - includes recital. [Does not apply to students who enrolled before Fall, 2011.]