Performing Arts (PFA)

This program lets students develop their individual skills in several performing arts course areas, especially Dance, Music, and Theatre. It allows for coherent combinations of these courses to be taken to meet special interests such as training in musical theatre. Upon completion of the degree students may wish to seek professional employment in New York City or participation in local performing arts organizations or transfer to a college offering more advanced study. This is a good foundation not only for the student planning on transferring in the performing arts but also for those who may ultimately pursue a B.A. or B.S. degree in another field and wish to be active in community performances.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and illustrate relevant professional performing arts contributions in terms of achievement and social significance in the past and present;

  • Display basic proficiency in one or more areas of the performing arts;

  • Create an appropriate and versatile repertoire of audition pieces in the student’s performance area;

  • Take part in a fully integrated live theatrical, music, or dance performance in a public venue at the college, community and/or in NYC.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

 

First Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

PFA 100

Performing Arts Introductory Seminar

1

ENG 101

Composition I

3

HIS 104, HIS 108, GOV 121

3

MUS 201 or MUS 212

3

THE 105

Theatre History I

3

DAN 101

Foundations of Dance

3

TOTAL

 

16


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

WFE 101

Lifetime Wellness and Fitness

3

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

Performance courses (b)

7-8

TOTAL

 

16-17


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

MAT 109 or higher (d)

3

ART 101 or ART 104

3

THE 161 or MUS 210 or MUS 211

3

Performances courses (b)

7-8

TOTAL

 

16-17


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

Science (a)

 

4

Performance courses (b)

9-10

Free Elective (c)

 

3

TOTAL

 

16-17

 

 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

64


a. Science courses: Applicable four-credit courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical sciences, physics. See the General Education Appendix B.

b. Performance courses: Students must take at least 23 credit hours of performance courses, of which at least 9 credit hours need to be second tier courses. Students who take private lessons, or participate in performing ensembles, may accrue some performance course credits by taking music lessons, participating in a music ensemble, or taking 1-credit dance courses 3-4 semesters in a row. Students must follow all prerequisites and are thus encouraged to plan their sequence early with the aid of an advisor.

FIRST TIER PERFORMANCE COURSES

SPE 102,  SPE 111, and SPE 116; all 100-level DAN except DAN 104 and DAN 108; all 100-level MUS except MUS 101; and all 100-level THE courses except THE 120, which is intended for non-majors.

SECOND TIER PERFORMANCE COURSES

All 200-level DAN, MUS, and THE courses, plus DAN 104 and DAN 108.

c. Read a full description of the free elective. Students interested in theatre are strongly advised to take ENG 207 or ENG 208 as their free elective.

d. Students planning to meet the SUNY General Education requirements for transfer to SUNY institutions should complete MAT 109 or higher. Students must meet math course prerequisites.