Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Dance

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - 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

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8103
Total Credits Required
62-76
Catalog Year
2019-2020
What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Demonstrate a use of artistic and technical elements of physical expression that lead to performance artistry.
  2. Develop technical proficiency of various dance styles based on sound kinesiological principles.
  3. Integrate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles throughout the world with movement practices and performances.
  4. Critically evaluate choreography and technique and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue.
  5. Produce and direct an original piece of choreography that utilizes a lighting schematic, costume design, and music theory to emphasize the artistic intention of the piece.
  6. Use dance to encourage civic engagement through collaborations, teaching, and performances.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program 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

$77,480

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$46,940

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

PART II: DANCE TECHNIQUE

Ballet Technique Courses:

Select from the following options to complete a minimum of nine semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in ballet and modern dance courses. Courses listed may be repeated for credit:

DAN131 Ballet I
DAN134 Ballet II
DAN231 Ballet III
DAN231AA Ballet III: Intensive
DAN234 Ballet IV
DAN234AA Ballet IV: Intensive
DAN237 Ballet Pointe I

Modern Technique Courses:

DAN132 Modern Dance I
DAN135 Modern Dance II
DAN232 Modern Dance III
DAN232AA Modern Dance III: Intensive
DAN235 Modern Dance IV
DAN235AA Modern Dance IV: Intensive

Jazz Technique Courses:

DAN133 Jazz Dance I
DAN136 Jazz Dance II
DAN233 Jazz Dance III
DAN233AA Jazz Dance III: Intensive
DAN236 Jazz Dance IV
DAN236AA Jazz Dance IV: Intensive

Dance Conservatory Courses:

DAN290 Dance Conservatory I
DAN291 Dance Conservatory II
DAN292 Dance Conservatory III

PART III:

Students can choose to complete a combination of up to three credits in Part III and the remaining credits in Part IV; or students can opt to complete all Elective credits in Part IV. No more than three credits may be selected from the following DAN prefixed courses. Courses listed may be repeated for credit:

Technique Courses:

Ballet
DAN131 Ballet I
DAN134 Ballet II
DAN231 Ballet III
DAN231AA Ballet III: Intensive
DAN234 Ballet IV
DAN234AA Ballet IV: Intensive
DAN237 Ballet Pointe I
Modern
DAN132 Modern Dance I
DAN135 Modern Dance II
DAN232 Modern Dance III
DAN232AA Modern Dance III: Intensive
DAN235 Modern Dance IV
DAN235AA Modern Dance IV: Intensive
Jazz
DAN133 Jazz Dance I
DAN136 Jazz Dance II
DAN233 Jazz Dance III
DAN233AA Jazz Dance III: Intensive
DAN236 Jazz Dance IV
DAN236AA Jazz Dance IV: Intensive
Hip Hop
DAN102 Any Hip Hop Course
DAN202 Any Hip Hop Course
Break Dancing
DAN103 Any Break Dancing Course
DAN203 Any Break Dancing Course
Ballroom
DAN104 Any Ballroom Course
DAN204 Any Ballroom Course
Swing
DAN105 Any Swing Course
DAN205 Any Swing Course
Latin
DAN106 Any Latin Course
DAN206 Any Latin Course
Country
DAN107 Any Country Course
DAN207 Any Country Course
Tango
DAN108 Any Tango Course
DAN208 Any Tango Course
Contemporary
DAN115 Dance Trends
World Dance
DAN120 Any World Dance Course
Musical Theatre Dance
DAN129 Musical Theatre Dance I
DAN130 Musical Theatre Dance II
DAN229 Musical Theatre Dance III
DAN230 Musical Theatre Dance IV

Dance Performance Courses:

DAN150 Dance Performance I
DAN155 Dance Performance II
DAN250 Dance Performance III
DAN255 Dance Performance IV

Dance Conservatory Courses:

DAN290 Dance Conservatory I
DAN291 Dance Conservatory II
DAN292 Dance Conservatory III

Other Dance Courses:

DAN164 Improvisation
DAN141 Dance Workshop
DAN/MUP285AA Multimedia Performance Ensemble
DAN298 Special Projects

PART IV: Dance Theory

Students can choose to complete a combination of up to three (3) credits in Part III and the remaining credits in Part IV; or students can opt to complete all nine (9) Elective credits in Part IV. DAH classes cannot be used as an AGEC-A core area requirement and as a Dance Theory. Elective (Part IV). They may be counted toward designated [G], [H] and/or [C] Awareness area(s).

Dance Humanities Courses:

DAH110 Dance in Film
DAH190 Discovering Dance Careers
DAH201 World Dance Studies
DAH210 History of Ballet and Modern Dance
DAH250 Dance in Popular Culture
DAH255 Hip Hop Arts, Aesthetic and Culture

Dance Courses

DAN138 Dance Seminar I
DAN170 Dance Kinesiology
DAN201 Special Topics: Dance (any)
DAN211 Dance Production II
DAN220 Dance Career Preparation
DAN222 Rhythmic Awareness II
DAN238 Dance Seminar II
DAN241 Dance Notation I
DAN265 Choreography II
DAN272 Dance Technology
DAN275 Choreography for Film and Video
DAN282 Service-Learning Experience in Dance (any)
DAN293 Teaching Dance in Elementary Education
DAN294 Teaching Dance in Secondary Education
DAN295 Teaching and Management of Studio Dance
DAN296 Cooperative Education (any)
DAN298 Special Projects (any)
Program Area Key
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’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Dance (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135384).

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.