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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Dance provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to specialize in dance. With an associate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, dance performance, choreography, dance studio instruction, and fitness instruction. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including a dance education at the secondary level, artistic direction, and stage management. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in dance education at the post-secondary level.

Details

Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Degree Type
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8312
Total credits required
63-95
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students should meet with a residential dance faculty member each semester prior to enrollment for the following semester.

Students must attain a level III competency in Ballet (DAN 231++) and Modern (DAN 232++) before they can graduate. Placement into these classes and Level III competency is determined by the Dance Residential Faculty.

Students should enroll in two DAN technique courses each semester.

Enrollment in some courses may require an audition and/or permission of instructor.

All DAN technique courses can be repeated for credit.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate technical proficiency by incorporating kinesthetic and somatic principles of movement in various dance styles.
  2. Apply and analyze artistic elements including intention, movement quality, breath, connection, phrasing, self-awareness, and musicality while performing.
  3. Correlate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles and approaches to movement practices and performance.
  4. Use critical and creative thinking skills in the composition of choreography.
  5. Critically analyze and evaluate choreography, technique, and performance and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue.
  6. Integrate choreography with production elements in professional-level dance performance.
  7. Practice self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and effective interpersonal skills in group communication and collaboration.
  8. Synthesize the process of learning and the role of personal motivation to set and achieve educational goals.
  9. Engage in dance career exploration and develop skills and materials for self promotion and employment.
  10. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior appropriate to the field of dance.
  11. Use dance to encourage civic and community engagement.
  12. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$64,680

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$56,880

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Choreographers
  • Dancers
* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course Note that audition is required. If student doesn't get into in Term 1, he/she should audition and take the course in a later term 1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
Critical course Gateway course HU 3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 1鈥3
or
or
or or Critical course 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 1鈥3
or
or
or or Critical course 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or
or
or or or COM Requirement, Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements. SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
L 0鈥3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and (COM) or [L] and requirements simultaneously. 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
or
or
or or Critical course 3
or
or
or or Gateway course G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 3
3
or
or SQ or SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
3
Critical course 2
or
or At least four (4) credits must be designated as Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] SG or SQ 4
3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course HU 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course Note that audition is required. If student doesn't get into in Term 1, he/she should audition and take the course in a later term 1
or
or
or or Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 3
Critical course HU 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
or
or
or or Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member G, HU 1鈥3
or
or FYC or FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
or
or
or or Critical course 3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 1鈥3
or
or or may be completed in term 3 if still needed FYC or FYC 0鈥3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 2鈥4
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
0鈥3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and (COM) or [L] and requirements. 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 1鈥2
or
or
or
or or or Critical course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
or
or SQ or SG 4
Dance Theory Elective Dance Theory Elective Critical course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 1鈥2
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
Dance TPC Elective Dance Technique, Performance, or Conservatory Elective Critical course Gateway course Select in consultation with Dance Faculty member 0鈥3
OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6
or
or
or or Critical course G, HU or C, HU or C, HU, L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course 1鈥2
or
or
or
or or or Critical course Gateway course 0鈥1
3
or
or
or
or or or COM Requirement, Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Required Dance Technique Required Dance Technique Course Critical course 1鈥2
or
or
or
or or or Critical course 0鈥1
Critical course 2
3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or At least four (4) credits must be designated as Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] SG or SQ 4
3

Required Dance Technique Courses

Ballet Technique Courses:
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in Ballet ( or ). Courses may be repeated for credit:
Ballet I
Ballet II
Ballet III
Ballet III: Intensive
Ballet IV
Ballet IV: Intensive
 
Modern Technique Courses:
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in Modern ( or ). Courses may be repeated for credit:
Modern Dance I
Modern Dance II
Modern Dance III
Modern Dance III: Intensive
Modern Dance IV
Modern Dance IV: Intensive
 
Jazz Technique Courses:
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of six (6) semester credits. Courses may be repeated for credit:
Jazz Dance I
Jazz Dance II
Jazz Dance III
Jazz Dance III: Intensive
Jazz Dance IV
Jazz Dance IV: Intensive


Dance Technique, Performance, and Conservatory Electives

Select a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) semester credits of coursework from the following:
Any Hip Hop Course
Any Ballroom Course
Any Swing Course
Any Latin Course
Any Tango Course
Any World Dance Course
Musical Theatre Dance I
Musical Theatre Dance II
Ballet I
Modern Dance I
Jazz Dance I
Ballet II
Modern Dance II
Jazz Dance II
Tap Dance I
Dance Workshop
Tap Dance II
Tap Dance Ensemble
Dance Performance I
Dance Performance II
Improvisation
Special Topics: Dance
Any Hip Hop Course
Musical Theatre Dance III
Musical Theatre Dance IV
Ballet III
Ballet III: Intensive
Modern Dance III
Modern Dance III: Intensive
Jazz Dance III
Jazz Dance III: Intensive
Ballet IV
Ballet IV: Intensive
Modern Dance IV
Modern Dance IV: Intensive
Jazz Dance IV
Jazz Dance IV: Intensive
Ballet Pointe I
Tap Dance III
Tap Dance IV
Dance Performance III
Dance Performance IV
Dance Conservatory I
Special Projects
 

Dance Theory Electives

Consult with Residential Dance Faculty to select a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of nine (9) semester credits of coursework from the following except those courses used to fulfill a requirement in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
Introduction to Dance
Discovering Dance Careers
World Dance Studies
Dance in Popular Culture
Hip Hop Arts, Aesthetic and Culture
Dance Kinesiology
Special Topics: Dance
Dance Career Preparation
Choreography II
Dance Technology
Service-Learning Experience in Dance
Teaching Dance in Elementary Education
Teaching Dance in Secondary Education
Special Projects
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.