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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Arts for Children - Interdisciplinary Major

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Director: Diane B. McGhee.

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The BA or BS in Arts for Children, an interdisciplinary major, is recognized as a unique program in the SUNY system. The course of study interrelates the knowledge and skills of art, dance, music, and theatre, with an in-depth study of one of these arts. The curriculum emphasizes philosophical and theoretical concepts of arts education, as well as the skills required for creative expression. Students are trained to work with young children in a variety of situations, such as elementary schools, arts institutions, and community centers in rural and urban environments. The Arts for Children faculty promotes an approach to arts education that fosters inquiry, aesthetic perception and valuing, creative endeavors, and the study of history and culture.

Arts for Children interdisciplinary majors are required to complete a 48-credit program consisting of:

(1) Two interdisciplinary courses, IAC 280 Introduction to Related Arts for Children and IAC 491 Seminar in Arts for Children;

(2) A 21-credit core in one specialty area: art, dance, or theatre (a specialty in music is not an option at this time);

(3) A 21-credit block consisting of two courses in each of the other arts (art, dance, music, and theatre) and one approved elective.

Course requirements are specified under the section heading "Program of Study."

The degree in Arts for Children can be combined with certification in elementary education. Admission to the teacher certification program, offered through the Department of Education and Human Development, requires a separate application usually prior to entering the junior year. Specific advisement is needed for both the Arts for Children major and the teacher certification program. Students should contact their major advisor and the Department of Education and Human Development as early as possible when planning their course of study. For further details regarding certification, consult the program of study listed under the Department of Education and Human Development.

Students interested in an in-depth study of any of the arts are advised to pursue a major, minor, or take additional courses (maximum of 54 credits) in that discipline. Students are encouraged to participate in study-abroad and internship programs to enhance their knowledge of and abilities in arts in education.

Acceptance into the Program

Students with an affinity for all arts and the ability to communicate proficiently in at least one art area are encouraged to fill out an "Intent to Major" form during the freshman or early sophomore year. Students indicate a specialty of art, dance, or theatre and are then assigned an advisor. Formal acceptance into the major program is granted only after the student has successfully completed:

1) four introductory arts courses, one in each art area;

2) IAC 280 Introduction to Related Arts for Children; and

3) additional requirements as noted for either art or dance specialty areas.

Special Note:

Consult the appropriate section under the heading "Program of Study" to determine the correct introductory courses for the selected art specialty and plan course selection with the Arts for Children advisor. Upon completion of the above requirements, a "Declaration of Academic

Program" form may be filed with the Arts for Children Program Office. A minimum grade of "C" must be attained in all required courses.

Program of Study

Arts for Children majors must take two interdisciplinary core courses and follow the sequence of courses listed under one of the art specialty areas. The specialty areas are art, dance, and theatre. Please check important prerequisites and course descriptions as listed under the respective departments.

All Majors

Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Core Courses: (6 credits) Credits

IAC 280 (A) Introduction to Related Arts for Children (fall only) 3

IAC 491 (A) Seminar in Arts for Children (spring only)1 3

Art Specialty

Students wishing to major in Arts for Children with an art specialty must present a portfolio of their artwork for review by the art specialty advisor. They are also urged to take additional studio art courses and ART 419 Practices of Teaching Art on the Elementary Level (prerequisite: ART 417).

 

Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Art Specialty

  Required Courses in Art: (21 credits)
21
Art Specialty Courses: (21 Credits)
ARH 210 (A) Survey of World Art I
3
ARH 202 (A) Survey of World Art II
3
ART 221 (A,P) Drawing I
3
ART 417 (B) Methods of Teaching Art on Elementary Level 3
3
and
three courses in any studio art
9
  Art Specialty:
21
Required Courses in Other Arts Disciplines: (21 credits)
Dance
DNS 115 (A,P) Introduction to Dance
3
DNS 483 (A) Children's Dance I
3
Music
MUS 105 (A,P) Introduction to Music
3
MUS 487 (A) Music and the Child 4
3
Theatre
THE 281 (B) Creative Drama
3
THE 353 (A) Children's Theatre
3
Elective
THE 365 (A) Puppet Theatre OR
ENL 482 (A) Children's Literature
3
  Arts Block:
21
  Total:
48
 

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Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Dance Specialty
An entry audition is required for all dance majors, minors, and arts for children dance specialty majors and minors. Contact the Department of Dance for information and application materials.

Required Courses in Dance: (21 credits)
DNS 204 (B) Dance Conditioning Lab
2
DNS 205 (A) Beginning Technique and Survey of Dance
3
DNS 364 (A) Dance Improvisation: Technique and Theory (spring only) 7
2
DNS 454 (B) Dance Styles 8
2
DNS 483 (A) Children's Dance I (fall only)
3
DNS 484 (B) Children's Dance II (spring only)
3
One of the following: (3 credits)
DNS 330 (A) African Dance OR
DNS 316 (A) History and Development of Dance
One of the following:
DNS 306 (A) Beginning Dance Composition
DNS 375 (A) Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (spring only)3
3
  Dance Specialty:
21
Required Courses in Other Arts Disciplines: (21 credits)
Art

ART 101 (A,P) Visual Art Experience

3
ART 417 (B) Methods of Teaching Art on Elementary Level13
3
Music
MUS 300 (A) Music for Dance
3
MUS 487 (A) Music and the Child 14
3
Theatre
THE 281 (B) Creative Drama
3
THE 353 (A) Children's Theatre
3
Elective
THE 365 (A) Puppet Theatre OR
ENL 482 (A) Children's Literature
3
  Arts Block:
21
  Total:
48
   

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Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Music Specialty
At this time, the Arts for Children Program is not accepting majors in this specialty area.

Required Courses in Music: (21 credits)
MUS 105 (A,P) Introduction to Music
3
MUS 112 (A,F,C,W) World Music
3
MUS 487 (A) Music and the Child 17
3
MUS 488 (B) Music Practicum 18
3
From the following: (9 Credits)
DNS 232 (A,P) African Music and Drumming for Dance (3)
MUS 139 (B) Beginning Voice Class (2)
MUS 239 (B) Advanced Voice Class (2)
MUS 399 (A) Independent Study in Music (1-3)
MUS 413 (A) American Music 20 (3)
MUS 414 (A) American Musical Theatre (3)
MUS 485 (A) American Folk Music 21 (3)
MUS 499 (A) Advanced Independent Study in Music (1-3)
9
  Music Specialty:
21
Required Courses in Other Arts Disciplines: (21 credits)
Art
ART 101 (A,P) Visual Art Experience
3
ART 417 (B) Methods of Teaching Art on the Elementary
Level
3
Dance
DNS 115 (A,P) Introduction to Dance
3
DNS 483 (A) Children's Dance I
3
Theatre
THE 281 (B) Creative Drama
3
THE 353 (A) Children's Theatre
3
Elective
THE 365 (A) Puppet Theatre OR
ENL 482 (A) Children's Literature
3
  Arts Block:
21
  Total:
48
 

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Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Theatre Specialty

Arts for Children Theatre Specialty students must participate in the production program of the Department of Theatre and are required to participate in auditions for faculty-directed productions based on department guidelines.

Theatre Specialty Courses: (21 Credits)
Technical
THE 201 (A,P) Theatre Arts
OR
THE 202 (B) Stagecraft
3
Performance
THE 221 (A) Acting I
3
Child Drama
THE 281 (B) Creative Drama
3
THE 353 (A) Children's Theatre
3
THE 365 (A) Puppet Theatre
3
THE 483 (B) Creative Drama Practicum 25
3

History (choose one of the following)

THE 314 (A,C) History of Theatre I: Classical through Renaissance
THE 315 (A) History of Theatre II: Romanticism through Modern
THE 319 (A,U,W)Play Analysis 3
3
  Theatre Specialty:
21
Required Courses in Other Arts Disciplines: (21 credits)
Art
ART 101 (A,P) Visual Art Experience
3

ART 417 (B) Methods of Teaching Art on Elementary Level 26

3
Dance
DNS 115 (A,P) Introduction to Dance
3
DNS 483 (A) Children's Dance I
3
Music
MUS 105 (A,P) Introduction to Music
3
MUS 487 (A) Music and the Child 27
3
Elective
ENL 482 (A) Children's Literature
3
  Arts Block:
21
  Total:
48
  • 1 This course must be taken after taking introductory courses in art, dance, music, and theatre.
  • 2 This course must be taken by all IARC majors at the conclusion of program of study.
  • 3 Prerequisite: An introductory art course or instructor's permission.
  • 4 Prerequisite: MUS 105 or instructor's permission.
  • 5 This course must be taken after taking introductory courses in art, dance, music, and theatre.
  • 6 This course must be taken by all IARC majors at the conclusion of program of study.
  • 7 Prerequisite: DNS 205 or MUS 300.
  • 8 Prerequisite: DNS 205 or instructor's permission.
  • 9 Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
  • 10 Prerequisite: DNS 106 or instructor's permission.
  • 11 Prerequisite: DNS 205 or instructor's permission.
  • 12 Prerequisite: DNS 205 or instructor's permission.
  • 13 Prerequisite: MUS 105 or instructor's permission.
  • 14 Prerequisite: MUS 105 or instructor's permission.
  • 15 This course must be taken after introductory courses in art, dance, music, and theatre.
  • 16 This course must be taken by all IARC majors at the conclusion of program of study.
  • 17 Prerequisite: MUS 105 or instructor's permission.
  • 18 Prerequisite: MUS 487.
  • 19 Prerequisite: MUS 100.
  • 20 Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
  • 21 Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
  • 22 Prerequisite: An introductory art course or instructor's permission.
  • 23 This course must be taken after taking introductory courses in art, dance, music, and theatre.
  • 24 This course must be taken by all IARC majors at the conclusion or program of study.
  • 25 Prerequisite: THE 281.
  • 26 Prerequisite: An introductory art course or instructor's permission.
  • 27 Prerequisite: MUS 105 or instructor's permission.

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1. All Interdisciplinary Arts for Children-theatre specialty students must participate in the production program of the department.

2. All Interdisciplinary Arts for Children-theatre specialty students are required to participate in auditions for faculty-directed productions based on departmental guidelines.

Arts for Children Courses

IAC 280 Introduction to Related Arts for Children (A). Prerequisites: Consult with program advisor to choose four introductory arts courses, one in each area: art, dance, music, theatre. Covers the unique aspects of art, dance, music, and theatre, and relationships among the arts: theory, discussion, inquiry, and experiences in creative process. Must be taken before declaring a major in arts for children. 3 Cr. Fall

IAC 399 Independent Study in Art for Children (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Arranged in consultation with instructor-sponsor in accordance with procedures of Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

IAC 450 Performances for Young Audiences (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Explores performance and staging techniques for young audiences; develops skills in improvisation and ensemble playing; prepares shows involving art, dance, music, and theatre; tours and performs for and with young audiences. 4 Cr.

IAC 490 Arts for Children Special Topics (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Provides opportunities for arts for children students to focus for a full semester on meaningful current topics which cannot be developed fully in other curricular offerings. Both theory and/or art making may serve as content. 2-6 Cr.

IAC 491 Seminar in Arts for Children (A). Prerequisites: Completion of required arts for children courses. Examines issues and representative theories, program development and evaluation, and the development of leadership skills and ability to utilize arts resources. 3 Cr. Spring

IAC 499 Independent Study in Arts for Children (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Arranged in consultation with instructor-sponsor in accordance with procedures of Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.

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