Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

The dance program students and faculty form a tight-knit, supportive community in which different backgrounds and different points of view are honored. Our full-time, studio faculty members are professional dance artists with active careers, dedicated to the growth and well-being of our students.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue their dance studies in prestigious 4-year BA and BFA programs, in professional training programs, to teach in many settings and to perform in professional dance companies. If you work hard, you will graduate with a more articulate, aligned, expressive, dynamic body. You will have expanded creative and performance skills, an outstanding sense of self-disci- pline, a deeper ability to stay present and responsive in the moment, greater collaboration skills, and a greater ability to express yourself in speaking, writing and movement.

Common Core Requirements

degree program listing table
Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning (Select one course) 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course) 3-4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B.1 SP-211: Speech Communication 3
DAN-111: Introduction to the Art of Dance 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Scientific World (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. Select one course from 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E.2 3
Subtotal 30-31

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
Courses Credits
DAN-110: Foundations of Dance Movement 3
DAN-249: Modern Dance Improvisation 2
DAN-251: Choreography I 2
Three courses from Modern Dance Technique - level determined by placement class:

DAN-124, DAN-125, DAN-126, DAN-127,
DAN-220, DAN-221, or DAN-222

Three courses from Ballet Technique - level determined by placement class:

DAN-134, DAN-135, DAN-136, DAN-137,
DAN-230, DAN-231, or DAN-232

Two courses from Repertory or Workshop - level determined by audition:

DAN-160, DAN-161,
DAN-2603, DAN-2613, or DAN-2623

2-4 credits selected from the following:4

DAN-124, DAN-125, DAN-126, DAN-127,
DAN-134, DAN-135, DAN-136, DAN-137
DAN-140, DAN-220, DAN-221, DAN-222,
DAN-230, DAN-231, DAN-232, DAN-252,
DAN-103, DAN-270, DAN-271, DAN-272

Subtotal 27-28

Additional Major Requirements

Additional major requirements for the degree program
Courses Credits
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education
HE-102: Health Behavior & Society
PE Requirement PE-530 or DAN-103 1
Laboratory Science5: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121, ET-842, PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 2-4

1 Students are required to take particular courses in some areas of the Common Core that fulfill both general education and major requirements. If students do not take the required courses in the Common Core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.

2 Recommended: select course from 2C in concentration discipline.

3 Audition required.

4 Fewer than 4 credits required for students who take workshop only

5 Students who have taken a STEM Variant course in the Common Core 1C have fulfilled this requirement. All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Dance

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments; through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Identify and apply the following concepts of dance: space, weight, time, dynamics/energy through writing, movement, performance, or choreography.
  2. Apply fundamental movement skills and knowledge of the body and of kinesiology.
  3. Demonstrate the development of an individual movement voice and application of creative process tools.
  4. Demonstrate the following rehearsal/performance skills: proactive preparedness, punctuality, self rehearsal, self reflection, awareness of your role and role of others in production, effective communication, and perform dance roles with accuracy and expressivity.
  5. Develop and support critical response through writing and/or speech.

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