Sample Program of Study

Total credits required: 60 

Summer 2011 - In Residence
Required credits: 14

  • Portfolio I-“Performance” (8 weeks, 1-5 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess*
  • Review-“Performance” (8 weeks, 1-5 credits) Burgess/Withers
  • Personal Aesthetics I “The Body” (8 weeks, 5 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess
  • Contemporary Dance History and Criticism (4 weeks, 4 credits) Mattingly and 4 guest speakers

* Note: Students who qualify for the full 5 credit hours based on the Portfolio Review I - Performance are not required to enroll in the Portfolio I - Performance course. A student who receives less than 5 credits for Portfolio Review I – Performance, must take the remaining credits in the Portfolio I - Performance course to total 5 credits between the two courses.

Fall 2011 - Distance Learning 
Required credits 15

  • Portfolio II- “Choreography/Creativity (1-5 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess*
  • Review-Choreography/Creativity (1-5 credits) Burgess, Withers
  • Personal Aesthetics II “The Environment” (2 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess
  • Choreography (4 credits) Withers and Burgess
  • Dance Pedagogy (4 credits) Buckley 

*Note: Students who qualify for the full 5 credit hours based on the Portfolio Review II– Choreography/Creativity are not required to enroll in the Portfolio II- Choreography/Creativity course. A student who receives less than 5 credits for Portfolio Review II – Choreography, must take the remaining credits in the Portfolio II - Choreography course to total 5 credits between the two courses.

Spring 2012 - Distance Learning
Required credits: 14

  • Portfolio III-Artistic Initiatives” (1-5 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess*
  • Review-Artistic Initiatives (1-5 credits) Burgess, Withers
  • New Media and Dance (5 credits) Withers and TBD
  • Cultural Communities of Dance (4 credits) Burgess 

*Note: Students who qualify for the full 5 credit hours based on the Portfolio Review III – Artistic Initiatives are not required to enroll in the Portfolio III - Artistic Initiatives course. A student who receives less than 5 credits for Portfolio Review III – Artistic Initiatives, must take the remaining credits in the Portfolio III - Artistic Initiatives course to total 5 credits between the two courses.

Summer 2012 - Distance Learning and One Week in Residence
Required credits: 12

  • Thesis (4 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess
  • Personal Aesthetics III “Integration” (4 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess
  • Career Networks in Dance (4 weeks, 4 credits) Burgess and 5 guest speakers

Fall 2012
Required credits: 5

  • Thesis Portfolio (5 Credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess

Accelerated Placement
15 credit accelerated placement for high level work is possible through three courses:

  • Review: Performance
  • Review-Choreography/Creativity
  • Review-Artistic Initiatives 

These courses abide by a strict rubric to assess the Portfolio-I, II and III courses. A committee of three faculty members and one outside professional administer this portfolio review process designed to assist students with tracking their growth and placement level. The outside adjudicator is from a nationally/internationally-based dance organization such as the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts. These courses assess student progress through a strict measurement of milestones via a rubric based portfolio review. The three areas assessed:

  1. Performance
  2. Choreography/Creativity
  3. Artistic Initiatives

Portfolio and Review are variable credit courses not to be taken for more than a combined credit hour total of 5 per semester offered.

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