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Dance - Learning Outcomes

BA Theatre Arts & Dance

1. Improve oral, written, and critical thinking skills.
2. Improve computer literacy through the required design classes.
3. Improve library skills by learning how to conduct research in theatre and performance   
4. Learn how to write about performances
5. Learn how to put performance in a cultural, historical, and theoretical context
6. Learn the history of theatre and performance in major western and non-western cultures     
1. Learn to be aware of and to perform and/or direct in at least six major genres of westernperformances.
2. Learn to be aware and to perform and/or direct in at least three cultural artistic traditions
3. Learn to be aware and to perform and/or direct in at least three acting theoretical traditions
4. Learn to select, analyze, incrementally organize, and prepare to rehearse a scene or a play
5. Learn to block a script on paper and communicate effectively the directorial design to actors.
6. Learn (as an actor) how to audition competently within the professional market place: theatre,TV, film or dance.
1. Learning outcomes in Scenic, Costume, and Lighting design courses have been developed to allow the student to acquire skills related to design and technical production.
2. Learn the basic tools and techniques of scenery construction. Learn basic drafting techniques.
3. Learn costume paint and dye techniques as well as wardrobe plotting.
4. Learn the basic principles of costume design and construction as well as understanding the historical nature of costume from ancient to modern times.
5. Learn costume rendering layout and construction techniques.
6. Learn scenery design including working drawings model making and perspective rendering.
7. Learn the theory and practice of lighting design, including basic electricity, optics, color, light plots, the use of lighting equipment and its control systems.
Arts Management
1. Learn the history of arts management.
2. Learn the various functions of management in the arts.
3. Learn to be familiar with and how to create, utilize, or access incorporation of non-profit and profit organizations.  
Stage Management
1. Learn to create an understanding and appreciation for the practical function of  theatre stage managers.  
2. Develop a working knowledge of the research and tools used by professional stage manager.
3. Learn about unions, associations, contracts, and rules that govern the professional theatre.
4. Learn how to use the technology available to the professional stage manager.


1. Improve oral, written, and critical thinking skills
2. Learn how to conduct research in dance and performance
3. Learn how to write about performances
4. Learn how to put performance in a cultural, historical, or theoretical context
Technique/Artistic Perception
1. Learn to process, analyze and respond to sensory information through the language and skills unique to dance.
2. Demonstrate increased movement skills, concentration and physical control in performing movement for artistic expression.
3. Learn to discriminate and use a wide range in the used of time, space, and energy.
4. Learn to memorize and reproduce long movement sequences.
Choreography/Creative Expression
1. Learn to use choreographic principles and processes to express perceptions, feelings, images, and thoughts through dance, working alone, with a partner, or in small groups.
2. Learn to manipulate the elements of dance, shape, space, time and energy, to create short studies that demonstrate development as well as a beginning, middle and end.
3. Learn to create and perform dance works of art showing proficiency in investigating complex thematic materials, universal themes, and incorporate simple dance performances, e.g.: music, lighting, scenic design, costuming and analyzing how these will affect the performance of the work.
Multicultural Context
1. Gain understanding of historical and cultural dimensions of the dance arts.
2. Students will be able to analyze, discuss and write about the role and development of dance in past and present cultures throughout the world noting human diversity as it relates to dance and dancers.
3. Understand, articulate and write about artist/work of art/different dance forms and the effects of society on artwork and of artwork on society.
Verbal and Written Aesthetic Evaluation
1. Learn to respond to, analyze, articulate and make judgments about artwork.
2. Students will critically assess the meaning of works of dance and performance of dancers based on the cultural and historical contexts of the dance and their aesthetic principles.
Community Outreach
1.Students will have a heightened sense of community, cultural sensitivity and respect through community-based performances and teaching dance.
2. Students will have a heightened sense of commitment towards civic duty/community involvement as future teachers, performers, or workers in community agencies.
3. Students will have a heightened sense of the impact of their performing on community audience members.