The Dance BFA Program: Student Learning Outcomes
(2009–10; from 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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