Performing Arts (PFA)

This program lets students develop their individual skills in several performing arts course areas, especially Dance, Music, and Theater. It allows for coherent combinations of these courses to be taken to meet special interests such as training in musical theater. 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:

  • 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 Introduction to the Theater 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

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.


DAN 102, DAN 106, DAN 107, DAN 109, DAN 146/147, MUS 104, MUS 113, MUS 114, MUS 115, MUS 116, MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 135, MUS 136, MUS 137, MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 143, MUS 144, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 161, MUS 162, SPE 102, SPE 111,
SPE 116, THE 103, THE 106, THE 109, THE 110, THE 161


DAN 104, DAN 108, DAN 246/247, MUS 201, MUS 202, MUS 205, MUS 206, MUS 210,
MUS 211, MUS 212, MUS 219, MUS 221, MUS 222, MUS 231, MUS 232, MUS 236, MUS 237, MUS 241, MUS 242, MUS 243, MUS 244, MUS 251, MUS 252, MUS 261, MUS 262
, THE 201, THE 209, THE 220, THE 261

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

d. BUS 101 may be a possible substitute. Students should check with transfer colleges. 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.