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.

The Performing Arts Major

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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. The Performing Arts major is a cross disciplinary major encouraging students to broaden their perspectives and the range of their skills. It is intended for the liberal arts student seeking to attain a broad based knowledge of the performing arts and for the student seeking to build skills that cross traditional disciplines. Its practical application might be as a basis for a career 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. The major also seeks to provide 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

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:
MUSIC170Basic Musicianship or MUSIC 270 Musical Theory & Composition I 
MUSIC211Evolution of Musical Styles 
Dance:
DANCE101Creative Athlete or DANCE 310 Dance History 
DANCE161Introduction to Dance Technique (or higher) 
Theatre:
THEAT130Art of the Theatre 
THEAT122Stagecraft (1 credit) 
THEAT110Introduction to Acting or THEAT 123 Design for 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)
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 
MUSIC270Musical Theory and Composition I 
MUSIC310Music in the USA 
MUSIC311Music of Latin America & Caribbean 
MUSIC312Music of China & Japan 
MUSIC313Music of India & 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:

MUSIC170Basic Musicianship 
MUSIC211Evolution of Musical Styles 
MUSIC270Musical Theory & Composition I 

 

Dance:

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

Theatre:

THEAT110Introduction to Acting 
THEAT122Stagecraft Lab 
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:

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:

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:

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.

DANCE101The Creative Athlete 
DANCE290Introduction to Choreography 
DANCE310Dance History 
DANCE340Performance Lab and Movement Analysis 
DANCE350British Dance & Performance Art: London 
DANCE425Kinesiology for Dancers 
DANCE435The Performance Artist in Society 
DANCE440Movement Theatre 
MUSIC212Great Personalities in Music 
MUSIC270*Musical Theory and Composition I 
MUSIC271*Aural Skills I 
MUSIC310Music in the USA 
MUSIC311Music of Latin America & Caribbean 
MUSIC312Music of China and Japan 
MUSIC313Music of India & Middle East 
MUSIC314Music of 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