Performing Arts

The interdisciplinary Performing Arts program is designed for multi-talented students who do not want to confine themselves to studying only dance, music or theatre. With opportunities to customize your studies, join on-campus performances and study abroad through the RWU London Theatre Program, you’ll develop your skills for a variety of arts careers including performance, education and management.

The Performing Arts major involves an interdisciplinary study of dance, music and theatre leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Performing Arts. While each of the Performing Arts is a distinct discipline, they have historically drawn from each other in both theory and practice. Designed for students who do not want to confine themselves to one discipline, the Performing Arts major encourages students to broaden their perspectives and the range of their skills. Practical applications of this major include careers in arts management, education, or as a foundation in such fields as musical theatre performance, which synthesize all the arts.

The major seeks to acquaint students with the commonalities shared by all three fields and to provide specialized understanding and mastery of two. This program also provides a solid understanding of the history and theory in the Performing Arts with experience in the practical application of the discipline through studio courses and through the department’s performance programs. Students are encouraged to participate in the London Study Abroad program, which focuses on exposure to the Performing Arts.

Degree Requirements

The Performing Arts Major

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Performing Arts Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Students should formulate a specific program of study in consultation with the Performing Arts faculty. Students must complete the requirements below, a minimum of 42 credits within the major and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits.

Foundation Courses (19 credits required)

These courses lay the foundations of theory and practice in each discipline.

Music:

SubjectNumberTitle
MUSIC170Basic Musicianship
or
MUSIC270Music Theory & Composition I
MUSIC211Evolution of Musical Styles

Dance:

SubjectNumberTitle
DANCE101Creative Athlete
or
DANCE310Dance History
DANCE161Introduction to Dance Technique (or higher)

Theatre:

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT130Art of the Theatre
THEAT122Stagecraft (1 credit)
THEAT110Introduction to Acting
or
THEAT123Design for the Theatre

23 additional credits in the Performing Arts

9 credits must be at the 300 level or above

A full list of courses and descriptions are found in the sections of the catalogue devoted to each discipline.

Interdisciplinary Requirement

Beyond the Foundation courses, 6 credits each must be from two different program areas.

(In Music only a maximum of three credits in MUSIC 141 Chorus or MUSIC 151 Instrumental Ensemble may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Theory/History Requirement

6 additional Credits in Theory/History from any program (these courses must be in addition to courses taken to fulfill the foundation requirement)

SubjectNumberTitle
DANCE101The Creative Athlete
DANCE290Introduction to Choreography
DANCE310Dance History
DANCE340Performance Lab
DANCE350British Dance & Performance Art
DANCE425Kinesiology for Dancers
DANCE435The Performance Artist in Society
DANCE440Movement Theatre
MUSIC212Great Personalities in Music
MUSIC270Music Theory and Composition I
MUSIC310Music in the USA
MUSIC311Music of Latin America & Caribbean
MUSIC312Music of China & Japan
MUSIC313Music of China & Middle East
MUSIC314Music of the Indigenous Peoples
THEAT230Theatre History I
THEAT231Theatre History II
THEAT330Theatre of Shakespeare
THEAT331Modern Theatre and Drama
THEAT332British Theatre and Performing Arts
THEAT333Asian Drama and Dance
THEAT334Contemporary Drama
THEAT431Drama Theory and Criticism

The Performing Arts Minor

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Minor in the Performing Arts: A total of 18 credits

Three credits from each of the three program foundation areas below (9-10 credits total):

Music:

SubjectNumberTitle
MUSIC170Basic Musicianship
MUSIC211Evolution of Musical Styles
MUSIC270Music Theory & Composition I

Dance:

SubjectNumberTitle
DANCE101Creative Athlete
DANCE161Introduction to Dance Technique (or higher)
DANCE310Dance History

Theatre:

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT110Introduction to Acting
THEAT122Stagecraft (1 credit)
THEAT123Design for the Theatre
THEAT130Art of the Theatre

At least three credits must be from studio/performance courses from any program (below listed courses).

Dance:

SubjectNumberTitle
DANCE131Mime Workshop
DANCE150Introduction to Dance Technique
DANCE161, 162Tap and Theatre Dance Styles I, II
DANCE200, 201Elementary Modern/Jazz Technique
DANCE210, 211Ballet I, II
DANCE220, 221, 301, 302Intermediate Modern/Jazz Technique
DANCE225Intermediate Technique: London
DANCE314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319Repertory and Performance I-VI
DANCE320, 321, 401, 402Advanced Technique and Improvisation I, II, III, IV
DANCE325Advanced Technique: London

Music:

SubjectNumberTitle
MUSIC131Piano Lessons – Non-Majors/Non-Minors Only
MUSIC132Guitar Lessons – Non-Majors/Non-Minors Only
MUSIC133Voice Lessons – Non-Majors/Non-Minors Only
MUSIC141Chorus
MUSIC151Instrumental Ensemble
MUSIC170Basic Musicianship
MUSIC171Basic Musicianship for Elementary Education and Lab
MUSIC231Piano Lessons – Majors/Minors Only
MUSIC232Guitar Lessons – Majors/Minors Only
MUSIC233Voice Lessons – Majors/Minors Only

Theatre:

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT110Acting I
THEAT122Stagecraft
THEAT123Design for the Theatre
THEAT140, 141Musical Theatre Workshop
THEAT210Acting II
THEAT220Intermediate Design
THEAT300, 301Drama in Production
THEAT310, 311Acting Studio
THEAT312Acting Workshop
THEAT320, 321Design Studio
THEAT322Theatre Design Workshop
THEAT340Directing

At least three credits must be from theory/literature courses from any program (listed below). At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level or above.

SubjectNumberTitle
DANCE101The Creative Athlete
DANCE290Introduction to Choreography
DANCE310Dance History
DANCE340Performance Lab
DANCE350British Dance & Performance Art: London
DANCE425Kinesiology for Dancers
DANCE435The Performance Artist in Society
DANCE440Movement Theatre
MUSIC212Great Personalities in Music
MUSIC270*Music Theory and Composition I
MUSIC271*Aural Skills I
MUSIC310Music in the USA
MUSIC311Music of Latin America & Caribbean
MUSIC312Music of China & Japan
MUSIC313Music of China & Middle East
MUSIC314Music of the Indigenous Peoples
THEAT230Theatre History I
THEAT231Theatre History II
THEAT330Theatre of Shakespeare
THEAT331Modern Theatre and Drama
THEAT332British Theatre and Performing Arts
THEAT333Asian Drama and Dance
THEAT334Contemporary Drama
THEAT431Drama Theory and Criticism

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.