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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Dance

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (132 units)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. All students wishing to pursue the BFA in Dance must demonstrate strong technical skill and must audition after successfully completing the following course work with a grade of "B" or better: DANC 120; 6 units from DANC 152 and/or 252; 6 units from DANC 154 and/or 254; and one unit from DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B. If students are within 3 weeks of completing the technique requirement, they may audition with a signed Grade In Progress from current technique teacher(s). Students may not apply afer they have completed more than a maximum of 96 units.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Majors will develop proficiency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in the professional arenas of performance and/or choreography.
  • 2. Majors will attain a substantial knowledge of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance, to give depth and perspective to the performance aspect of the dance discipline.
  • 3. Majors will have the skills and techniques necessary for professional-level performance in dance.
  • 4. Majors will have practical experience in the production and technological aspects of dance.
  • 5. Majors will demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Requirements

Composition (8 units):

Take all the following courses:

  • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 220 Composition I (3)
    Prerequisite: DANC 120. Corequisite: DANC 131.
  • DANC 320 Composition II (3)
    Prerequisite: DANC 220.

Theory (29 units):

Take all the following courses:

  • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    Corequisite: DANC 152 or 154.
  • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 161 Body Placement (2)
    Prerequisites: Open to Dance Majors and Minors.
  • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor.
  • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor. Corequisites: DANC 260 or consent of the instructor.
  • DANC 262 Pilates I (3)
    Prerequisites: DANC 260 or BIOL 208.
  • DANC 342 Dance in a Cultural Perspective (3)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
    Prerequisites: None
  • DANC 445 Movement Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: Open to Dance Majors and Minors only.
  • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    Prerequisites: DANC 312, or consent of instructor.
  • DANC 498 Senior Seminar in Dance (2)
    Prerequisites: DANC 312, 314, 320, 442.

Select one of the following courses:

  • DANC 491A Design for Dance Lighting (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
  • DANC 491B Design for Dance Costuming (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Performance/Crew (7 units):

Take two units from the following courses: DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A, 481B;

Take five units from the following courses: DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 321, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B, 495.

Technique (26 units):

Take eleven units from the following courses: (2 units must be earned from 312) DANC 152, 252, 312, 412

Take eleven units from the following courses: (2 units must be earned from 314) DANC 154, 254, 314, 414

Take two units from the following courses: DANC 216, 316

Take two units from the following courses: DANC 412, 414

General Education (3 units):

Take the following course:

  • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communication: Interaction of Mind and Body (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, completion of one or more Exploration course(s), and upper division standing.
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