CONSERVATORY OF DANCE

The Dance BFA Program: Student Learning Outcomes

(2009–10; from the Major Summary Report)

Major learning outcomes for this program:

In addition to SUNY and Purchase College general education outcomes, students in the Conservatory of Dance demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Performance: Students will demonstrate technical proficiency and artistic expression in ballet and/or modern dance by performing selected choreography of classic and contemporary works on stage. They will:
    • demonstrate the technical proficiency and artistic expressiveness to effectively discern and interpret the choreography’s stylistic demands.
    • understand the audition and selection processes.
    • understand the roles of warm-up class, “spacing,” lighting, and dress rehearsals.
    • come to know what they personally need to prepare for performance.
    • apply makeup properly.

  2. Technique: Students will demonstrate technical ability at a level to audition for professional companies. Students will master the art of kinetic communication of western concert dance, (classical and contemporary ballet, and modern dance), and consistently demonstrate a sense of style, finesse, quality, attention to detail, clarity of movement, and artistic performing ability in class. They will:
    • demonstrate an understanding of dance technique, classroom etiquette, dress, and process.
    • be familiar with both classical ballet and two or more modern techniques and be able to demonstrate that knowledge with physical clarity.
    • understand the use of space, line, placement, and musicality.

  3. Composition/Choreography: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics and craft western dance choreography. They will demonstrate:
    • knowledge of movement structure and of musicality in relation to music.
    • inventiveness and creativity in movement material.
    • integrity of artistic choices in composition.

  4. Preprofessional: Within two years after graduation, many Conservatory of Dance graduates will be professionally engaged in the field of dance as performers, teachers, choreographers, managers, crew, or postbaccalaureate students.


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