Associate in Arts, Fine Arts-Dance

Fine Arts: Dance - AA

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

Major Code: 
8103
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts-Dance
Total credits required: 
62-76
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

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

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

Selection of DAN296++ or DAN298++ courses to satisfy degree requirements should be done in consultation with a program advisor or faculty member as Special Projects courses do not currently transfer to any of the three Arizona state public universities.

At Scottsdale...

Academic Program: 

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, hybrid, online, day, evening for full-time and part-time students.

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of 3 years as a full-time student including summer school to complete the AAFA degree. Although after 2 years you will have earned the CCL and AAS degrees. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).

Cost

The estimated cost of the AAFA program is $8,004 for Maricopa County residents.

Textbooks

Most dance program classes use low or no-cost textbooks. General Education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

Semester 1

  • 3 Dance Technique courses

  • DAH 190 - Dance Careers
  • DAH 110 - Dance in Film
  • DAN 170 - Dance Kinesiology
  • ART 100 - Introduction to Computer Graphic Art
  • MAT 140, 141 or 142 - College Algebra
  • Total credits: 15-18

Semester 2

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • DAN 221 - Rhythmic Awareness
  • DAN 210 - Dance Production
  • DAN 272 - Dance Technology
  • ENG 101 - First-Year Composition
  • Total Credits: 16-19

Summer

  • COM 225 - Public Speaking
  • DAH 250 - Dance in Popular Culture (H, C) OR DAH 255 - Hip Hop Arts & Aesthetics (H, C, L)
  • Total Credits: 6

Semester 3

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • Dance Performance
  • DAN 264 - Choreography 1
  • MHL 191 - Electronic Music
  • ENG 101 - First-Year Composition
  • CRE 101 - Critical Reading
  • Total Credits: 15-18

Semester 4

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • DAN 280 - Dance Practicum
  • DAN 298AA - Special Projects (Internships or Service Learning)
  • EDU 222 - Intro to the Exceptional Learner
  • BIO 160/201 - Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Total Credits: 15-18

Semester 5

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • DAH 100 - Introduction to Dance
  • BPC 110 - Computer Usage & Applications
  • Total Credits: 9-11

Semester 6

  • 3 Dance Technique Courses
  • SQ - Science Quantitative
  • SB + G/H - Social Behavioral + Global/Historical designation
  • Total Credits: 10-12

Some courses are offered only one semester per year.

  • Fall only

    • DAN170 - Dance Kinesiology
    • DAH110 - Dance in Film
    • DAN264 - Choreography 1
    • DAH190 - Dance Careers
  • Spring Only
    • DAN221 - Rhythmic Awareness 1
    • DAN210 - Dance Production
    • DAN272 - Dance Technology
    • DAN298AA - Special Projects (Internships)
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency by incorporating kinesthetic and somatic principles of movement in various dance styles. (BIO160, BIO201, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN170, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN280)
  • Apply and analyze artistic elements including intention, movement quality, breath, connection, phrasing, self-awareness, and musicality while performing. (BIO160, BIO201, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN170, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280)
  • Correlate historical and cultural knowledge of various dance styles and approaches to movement practices and performance. (DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [HU], [SB])
  • Use critical and creative thinking skills in the composition of choreography. (CRE101, DAN150, DAN155, DAN221, DAN222, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [FYC], [MA], (COM))
  • Critically analyze and evaluate choreography, technique, and performance and be able to communicate feedback using thoughtful written and oral dialogue. (DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN170, DAN210, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Integrate choreography with production elements in professional-level dance performance. (DAN150, DAN155, DAN210, DAN221, DAN222, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280)
  • Practice self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and effective interpersonal skills in group communication and collaboration. (BIO160, BIO201, CRE101, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN170, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [FYC], [MA], [SQ], (COM))
  • Synthesize the process of learning and the role of personal motivation to set and achieve educational goals. (BIO160, BIO201, DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN170, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [CS], [FYC], [L],[SB], [SQ])
  • Engage in dance career exploration and develop skills and materials for self promotion and employment. (DAN150, DAN155, DAN210, DAN220, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, (COM))
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior appropriate to the field of dance. (DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN131, DAN132, DAN134, DAN135, DAN150, DAN155, DAN170, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN231, DAN231AA, DAN232, DAN232AA, DAN234, DAN234AA, DAN235, DAN235AA, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [FYC], (COM))
  • Use dance to encourage civic and community engagement. (DAH100, DAH201, DAH250, DAH255, DAN150, DAN155, DAN210, DAN220, DAN221, DAN222, DAN250, DAN255, DAN264, DAN265, DAN280, [FYC], [HU])
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:21
DAN150Dance Performance I1
DAN210Dance Production I3
DAN221Rhythmic Awareness I3
DAN264Choreography I3
DAN280Dance Practicum2
Select from the following options to complete a minimum of nine (9) semester credits. Students must attain Level III competency in ballet and modern dance courses. Courses listed may be repeated for credit:
DAN131Ballet I (1)
DAN132Modern Dance I (1)
DAN133Jazz Dance I (1)
DAN134Ballet II (1)
DAN135Modern Dance II (1)
DAN136Jazz Dance II (1)
DAN231Ballet III (1)
DAN231AABallet III: Intensive (2)
DAN232Modern Dance III (1)
DAN232AAModern Dance III: Intensive (2)
DAN233Jazz Dance III (1)
DAN233AAJazz Dance III (2)
DAN234Ballet IV (1)
DAN234AABallet IV: Intensive (2)
DAN235Modern Dance IV (1)
DAN235AAModern Dance IV: Intensive (2)
DAN236Jazz Dance IV (1)
DAN236AAJazz Dance IV: Intensive (2)
DAN290++Dance Conservatory I (1-3)
DAN291++Dance Conservatory II (1-3)
DAN292++Dance Conservatory III (1-3)9
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6-12
Select 0 to 3 credits of coursework from the following:
DAN102++Any Hip Hop Course (1)
DAN103++Any Break Dancing Course (1)
DAN104++Any Ballroom Course (1)
DAN105++Any Swing Course (1)
DAN106++Any Latin Course (1)
DAN107++Any Country Course (1)
DAN108++Any Tango Course (1)
DAN115Dance Trends (1)
DAN120++Any World Dance Course (1)
DAN129Musical Theatre Dance I (1)
DAN130Musical Theatre Dance II (1)
DAN131Ballet I (1)
DAN132Modern Dance I (1)
DAN133Jazz Dance I (1)
DAN134Ballet II (1)
DAN135Modern Dance II (1)
DAN136Jazz Dance II (1)
DAN140Tap Dance I (1)
DAN141Dance Workshop (1)
DAN145Tap Dance II (1)
DAN146Tap Dance Ensemble (1)
DAN150Dance Performance I (1)
DAN155Dance Performance II (1)
DAN164Improvisation (1)
DAN202++Any Hip Hip Course (1)
DAN203++Any Break Dancing Course (1)
DAN204++Any Ballroom Course (1)
DAN205++Any Swing Course (1)
DAN206++Any Latin Course (1)
DAN207++Any Country Course (1)
DAN208++Any Tango Course (1)
DAN229Musical Theatre Dance III (1)
DAN230Musical Theatre Dance IV (1)
DAN231Ballet III (1)
DAN231AABallet III: Intensive (2)
DAN232Modern Dance III (1)
DAN232AAModern Dance III: Intensive (2)
DAN233Jazz Dance III (1)
DAN233AAJazz Dance III (2)
DAN234Ballet IV (1)
DAN234AABallet IV: Intensive (2)
DAN235Modern Dance IV (1)
DAN235AAModern Dance IV: Intensive (2)
DAN236Jazz Dance IV (1)
DAN236AAJazz Dance IV: Intensive (2)
DAN240Tap Dance III (1)
DAN245Tap Dance IV (1)
DAN250Dance Performance III (1)
DAN255Dance Performance IV (1)
DAN/MUP285AAMultimedia Performance Ensemble I (3)
DAN290++Dance Conservatory I (1-3)
DAN291++Dance Conservatory II (1-3)
DAN292++Dance Conservatory III (1-3)
DAN298++Special Projects (1-3)0-3
Select 6 to 9 credits of coursework from the following except those courses used to fulfill a requirement in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area:
DAH110Dance in Film (3)
DAH190Discovering Dance Careers (1)
DAH201World Dance Studies (3)
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture (3)
DAH255Hip Hop Arts, Aesthetic and Culture (3)
DAN170Dance Kinesiology (3)
DAN201++Special Topics: Dance (1-3)
DAN211Dance Production II (3)
DAN220Dance Career Preparation (3)
DAN222Rhythmic Awareness II (3)
DAN265Choreography II (3)
DAN272Dance Technology (3)
DAN282++Service-Learning Experience in Dance (1-3)
DAN293Teaching Dance in Elementary Education (3)
DAN294Teaching Dance in Secondary Education (3)
DAN295Teaching and Management of Studio Dance (3)
DAN298++Special Projects (1-4)6-9
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-43
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-5).3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
DAH201World Dance Studies (3)
AND
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area. (3)6
The following courses are recommended:
DAH100Introduction to Dance (3) OR
DAH250Dance in Popular Culture (3) OR
DAH255Hip Hop: Arts, Aesthetic and Culture (3)3
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
Students are encouraged to choose coursework from more than one discipline.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.