College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Division of Performing Arts : Major and Minors


Major Requirements (29 credits core plus 12 cr electives and 6 related).
Contact a theatre faculty member for details.

THEA 110 Introduction to Theatre 4 credits
THEA/PDAT 120 Tech Theatre or 4 credits
THEA/PDAT 220 -Principals of Theatrical and Performance Design

4 credits
THEA 240 Acting I 4 credits
THEA 311 Theatre History I 4 credits
THEA 312 Theatre History II 4 credits
THEA 430 Directing I 3 credits
THEA 495 Senior Project or 2 - 4 credits
Electives in theatre 12 credits
Courses in related fields (various classes in English, Music, Dance and Art)
6 credits

Minor Requirements (15/16 credits core plus 11cr electives.)
Contact a theatre faculty member for details.

THEA 110 Introduction to Theatre or 4 credits
THEA 200 Special Topics 2 credits
THEA 210 The Performing Arts: A Global Perspective 4 credits
THEA 212 From Page to Stage: Script Analysis
4 credits
THEA 270 / 370 Play Production 4 credits
One of the following:  
THEA 311 Theatre History I 4 credits
THEA 312 Theatre History II

4 credits

THEA 430 Directing I 3 credits


Performance Design and Technology

Performance Design and Technology is designed to inspire and enable emerging artists and technicians and provides opportunities to gain significant practical experience within a wide range of performances and events. There is a foundation/core of 18-22 credits with a requirement of 6-10 additional credits to explore specific interests and a 3 cr. Capstone project to be completed in the student's final year. Contact a design or technology faculty member for details.

Foundation: The following sequence is preferred 18 - 22 credits
PDAT 120 Technical Theatre 4 credits
or PDAT 221 Costume Construction 3 credits
THEA 212 From Page to Stage: Script Analysis 4 credits
PDAT/THEA 220 Design Fundamentals for Stage, Dance and Film 3-4 credits
History Class - one Theatre, Dance, Music, Art or IART history class 2 credits
Performance Experience - one theatre, dance, music performance class 3 - 4 credits
or participation in Music Ensemble, Performing Arts or IART produced performance 2 credits
At least 2 credits of Play Production - PDAT 270 or PDAT 370  
Design / Technology Requirements  

Students must complete EITHER 2 (two) 200 level technology courses and 1 (one) 300 level design course OR 1 (one) 200 level technology course and 2 (two) 300 level design courses.

THEA 230 and some sections of PDAT 200 will fullfill the 300 level requirement.

Choose from the following TECHNOLOGY courses  
PDAT 200 Special Topics 1-4 credits
PDAT/THEA 222 Stage Makeup 2 credits
PDAT 225 Woodworking Techniques for the Stage 2 credits
PDAT 224 Entertainment Lighting: Electricity and Equipment 2 credits
Choose from the following: DESIGN courses  
THEA 230 Stage Management 2-4 credits
PDAT/THEA 320 Scene Design 3 credits
PDAT/THEA 321 Lighting Design 3 credits
PDAT/THEA 322 Stage Costume Design 3 credits
PDAT 323 Stage Sound 2 credits
PDAT/THEA Advanced Design Seminar 2-4 credits
PDAT 350 Independent Study 2-4 credits
Capstone to be completed in the student's final year: Total of 3 credits required  
PDAT/THEA 470 Advanced Projects in Theatrical Design and Technology 1-4 credits
PDAT 495 Senior Project 3 credits



Dance Minor Mission
Alfred University's dance minor is composition based and designed to develop artistry in dance making, performance, and site specific performance. The program, open to students of all levels regardless of experience or past training, promotes excellence in dance, and encourages cross-disciplinary work with visual art, environmental studies, sound design, music, performance art, and theater - drawing from strengths unique and specific to Alfred University. Students have many professional level opportunities to perform and engage with the larger dance world, including working with world-class guest artists, and performing and choreographing for AU Dance Theater. Through rigorous individual and collaborative explorations in dance, students develop skills that serve them as they pursue a variety of career and graduate school opportunities.

Minor requirements (22 credits)

DANC 120 Fundamentals of Dance 2 credits
DANC 230 Improvisation / Composition I 3 credits
DANC 311 Dance History 4 credits
DANC 270 AU Dance Theatre (taken twice) 4 credits
DANC 222 Modern I (may be taken multiple times for credit) 2 credits
DANC 330 Improvisation/Composition II 3 credits
OR DANC 331 Site Specific Composition 3 credits
Electives in Dance courses - 4 credits  
DANC 322 Modern II (may be taken multiple times for credit)
2 credits
DANC 221/321 Ballet I & II
2 credits each
DANC 223/323 Jazz I & II
2 credits each
DANC 340 New & Existing Repertory 3 credits
DANC 224 Contact Improvisation 2 credits
DANC 330 Improvisation / Composition II (if took Site Specific) 3 credits
DANC 331 Site Specific Comp (if took Comp II) 3 credits
DANC 370 Choreographic Practicum 2 credits
DANC 450 Independent Study
2-4 credits
DANC 200 Special topics (Advanced Technique, Laban Movement Practicum, Site Specific Art & Dance, Movement for Actors, etc.) 2-4 credits



Minor requirements (24 credits)

MUSC 110 Music Appreciation 4 credits
MUSC 120 Music Theory I 4 credits
MUSC 130 Class Piano I 2 credits
MUSC 131 Class Piano II 2 credits
MUSC 271-279 Music Ensembles 4 credits
MUSC 101-108, 301-308 Applied Lessons (on primary instrument or voice) 4 credits
Elective Credits in Music Courses - 4 credits  
MUSC 121 Music Theory II 4 credits
MUSC 211 World Music
4 credits
MUSC 212 American Music
4 credits
MUSC 213 Introduction to Jazz 2 credits
MUSC 214 Reel Music in America 4 credits
MUSC 200 Special Topics
2 - 4 credits