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Arts For Children – Interdisciplinary Major
BA or BS

147C Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-5279

Director and Associate Professor: Diane B. McGhee; Professors: Oh-Kon Cho, Jacqueline Davis; Associate Professors: William Hullfish, Juanita Suarez; Visiting Assistant Professor: Leslie Thompson.

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The undergraduate Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Program is committed to student learning as well as advancement of teaching, scholarship, creative expression, and service related to the education of children in, through, and about the arts. The interdisciplinary major is recognized as unique to the SUNY system and prepares students for careers working with children in arts and education venues or as preparation for graduate school. 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. Philosophical and theoretical concepts of arts education are emphasized. Students learn strategies to nurture the creativity and artistic expression in youngsters and are trained to work with children in a variety of situations, such as elementary and preschools, arts institutions, and community centers in rural and urban environments. The Arts for Children faculty promotes an approach to arts education that fosters inquiry and understanding in aesthetic perception, 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 three arts and one approved elective.

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

It is highly recommended to combine the degree in Arts for Children with certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Education. Admission to the teacher certification program, offered through the Department of Education and Human Development, requires a separate application and admission 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 listed under the Department of Education and Human Development.

Students interested in an in-depth study of art, dance, or theatre 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 and abilities in arts 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 assigned an advisor. Formal acceptance into the Arts for Children Interdisciplinary 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 under each specialty area.

Special Note :
Consult the appropriate section under the heading “Program of Study” to determine the courses for the selected arts specialty. Course selection, including prerequisites must be taken under advisement with an Arts for Children major advisor. Upon completion of prerequisite requirements, a “Declaration of Academic Major” 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)
6
IAC 280 (A) Introduction to Related Arts for Children
3
IAC 491 (A) Seminar in Arts for Children
3
Art Specialty
Students wishing to major in Arts for Children with an art specialty must present and successfully pass a portfolio review conducted by the art specialty advising committee toward the end of the junior year. They are also urged to take additional studio art courses and ART 419 Practices of Teaching Art on the Elementary Level (prerequisite: ART 417) .
  I.Required Courses in Art: (21 credits)
21
ARH 201 (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
and
three courses in any studio art
9
  Art Specialty:
21
II.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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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.

I. Required Courses in Dance: (21 credits)
DNS 204 (B) Dance Conditioning Lab
2
DNS 205 (A) Dance Technique I
3
DNS 364 (A) Dance Improvisation
2
DNS 454 (B) Studies in Major Dance Styles
2
DNS 483 (A) Children's Dance I
3
DNS 484 (B) Children's Dance II
3
One of the following: (3 credits)
DNS 330 (A) African Dance II OR
DNS 316 (A) History and Development of Dance
One of the following:
DNS 306 (A) Beginning Dance Composition OR
DNS 375 (A) Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
3
  Dance Specialty:
21
II.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
Music
MUS 300 (A) Music for Dance1
3
MUS 487 (A) Music and the Child
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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Music Specialty
At this time, the Arts for Children Program is not accepting majors in this specialty area.

I.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
3
MUS 488 (B) Music Practicum
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 300 (A) Music for Dance1 (3)
MUS 399 (A) Independent Study in Music (1-3)
MUS 413 (A) American Music (3)
MUS 414 (A) American Musical Theatre (3)
MUS 485 (A) American Folk Music (3)
MUS 499 (A) Advanced Independent Study in Music (1-3)
9
  Music Specialty:
21
II. 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
   
21
  Total including Core:
48
 

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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
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
   
21
II. 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

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
3
Elective
ENL 482 (A) Children's Literature
3
   
21
  Total including Core:
48

Interdisciplinary Courses For All Arts For Children Specialties

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.

IAC 399 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.

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 Workshop (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permis-sion. 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 specialty area courses. Examines issues and representative theories, program development and evaluation, development of leadership skills, and ability to utilize arts resources. 3 Cr. Spring

IAC 492 Internship in Arts for Children (A). To provide theoretical and practical experience for exploring solutions to selected problems and issues in interdisciplinary arts for children. A student, who will be placed in an organization as an intern, will work on projects mutually agreed between the student, supervisor in the organization, and instructor. 1-3 Cr.

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 June 2005 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.