Sample Program of Study

Total credits required: 60

Summer 1 / In Residence

Required credits: 15

  • Portfolio I-“Performance” (8 weeks, 1-5 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess*
  • Review-“Performance” (8 weeks, 1-5 credits) Burgess, Withers, Buckley
  • Personal Aesthetics I “The Body” (8 weeks, 5 credits) Withers, Burgess
  • New Media and Dance (8 weeks, 5 credits) Withers and TBD

* 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 1 / Distance Learning

Required credits 15

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

*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 1 / Distance Learning

Required credits: 13

  • Portfolio III-Artistic Initiatives” (1-5 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess*
  • Review-Artistic Initiatives (1-5 credits) Burgess, Withers and outside panelist
  • Choreography (4 credits) Withers and Burgess
  • Cultural Communities of Dance (4 credits) Mattingly

*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 2 / Distance Learning and One Week in Residence

Required credits: 12

  • Research Project I (4 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess
  • Personal Aesthetics III “Integration” (4 credits) Withers, Buckley, Burgess
  • Career Networks in Dance (4 weeks, 4 credits) Burgess

Fall 2

Required credits: 5

· Research Project II (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 two 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. The three areas of assessment are:

  • Performance
  • Choreography/Creativity
  • 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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