Curriculum Requirements

For more general information about undergraduate requirements, fees, and registration,
see UMD's Undergraduate Catalog:

https://catalogundergraduate.umd.edu/

Required Courses for the B.A. in Dance

  • DANC 218 (3) Modern Dance I
  • DANC 219 (3) Modern Dance II
  • DANC 318 (3) Modern Dance III
  • DANC 319 (3) Modern Dance IV
  • DANC 179 (2) Movement Integration
  • 4 credits of Dance Styles selected from
    • DANC 138 (2) Global Dance Forms (currently 138W and 138C)
    • DANC 228 (2) Ballet I
    • DANC 229 (2) Ballet II
    • DANC 328 (2) Ballet III
    • DANC 329 (2) Ballet IV
  • DANC 109 (3) Choreography I: Improvisation
  • DANC 207 (3) Choreography II: Creative Process 
  • TDPS 201 (3) Introduction to Technical Production
  • DANC 383 (3) Dance History & Theory
  • DANC 304 (3) Teaching Dance
  • TDPS 479 (1) Production/Shop Practicums
  • DANC 488 (3) Project Based Learning 

12 credits of upper level course work in an area of emphasis in performance and choreography, production, or dance education.  See Area of Emphasis document for approved courses.

Performance and Choreography Area of Emphasis     (12 credits)

Students in the Performance and Choreography area are expected to enroll in a technique class each semester and to be actively engaged in experiences that transition them from the classroom to the stage.  Opportunities for engagement include auditioning for student, faculty, and guest artist works, showing works in progress at monthly open showings, and auditioning works for performances. 

Courses:

  • TDPS 479 Production/Shop Practicum (Required--1 credit--This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.)  

An additional 11 credits selected from:

  • DANC 448 Modern Dance V
  • DANC 449 Modern Dance VI
  • (A maximum of a total of 6 credits of Dance 448 and 449 will count toward the 12 credit area requirement.)
  • DANC 420 Contemporary Partnering (2 credits)
  • DANC 466 Laban Movement Analysis (3 credits)
  • DANC 371  Somatics (3 credits)
  • DANC 310  Dance Lighting (3 credits)
  • DANC 399  Practicum in Choreography, Production and Performance III (1-3)
  • DANC 499  Practicum in Choreography, Production and Performance IV (1-3)
  • DANC 489  Special Topics in Dance (includes all suffixes--489F, etc.)
  • Additional courses approved by the program.

Production Area of Emphasis     (12 credits)

  • THET 479 (Required--3 credits) This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.)  

An additional 9 credits selected from:

  • DANC 310 (3) Dance Lighting
  • DANC 410 (3) Topics in Dance Production
  • DANC 468 (3) Dance Repertory
  • THET 116 (3) Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • THET 284 (3) Costume Construction I
  • THET 371 (3) Scenic Design I
  • THET 383 (3) Costume Design I
  • THET 377 (3) Lighting Design I
  • THET 373  Rendering for the Theatre I
  • THET 472 Scenic Painting
  • THET 474 Advanced Stage Management
  • (THET 284, 371, 383, 377, 373, 472, and 474 are permission-required courses)

Education Area of Emphasis     (5 credits)

  • TDPS 479 (1) Production/Shop Practicum
  • DANC 405 (3) Dance Education and Policy
  • DANC 371 (3) Somatics
  • DANCE 338 (2) Global Movement Practices
  • DANC 405 (3) Dance Education and Policy 
  • DANC 466 (3) Laban Movement Analysis 

A grade of C- or higher must be attained in all courses taken in fulfillment of the Dance major requirement.  Students matriculating into the Dance major in Fall 2012 or later must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 within their Dance major requirements in order to graduate

Completion of the 4th semester assessment is a benchmark and a requirement in the new curriculum.

Dance course offerings are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.
 

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