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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2007-2009

Arts For Children – Interdisciplinary Major
BA or BS

147D Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-5279
afc@brockport.edu
www.brockport.edu/afc


Director and Associate Professor: To be announced; Professor: Oh-Kon Cho, PhD, Michigan State University; Associate Professor: Juanita Suarez, PhD, Texas Women’s University; Assistant Professors: Christian Carson, MFA, SUNY Albany; Natalie Sarrazin, PhD, University of Maryland.

The undergraduate Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Program is committed to teaching, scholarship, creative expression, and service related to the education of children in and through the arts. The interdisciplinary major is recognized as unique to the SUNY system and the nation. It fulfills a major need in providing substantive arts education training to prospective classroom teachers and others interested in the arts. Research shows that arts integration has perhaps the greatest potential to positively affect learning across academic disciplines. The interdisciplinary approach to learning helps students leverage new understandings that could not be obtained through singular discipline studies alone.

The course of study interrelates the knowledge and skills of art, dance, music and theatre, with an in-depth study of one of these areas. Most arts for children majors take part in the classroom teacher certification program. Some combine the major with a second major in an art form (art, dance or theatre) offered by the College. Still others take an entrepreneurial approach to using their skills or pursue graduate studies.

Philosophical, theoretical and interdisciplinary concepts of arts education are emphasized in the major. 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. Students learn strategies to nurture creativity and artistic expression in youngsters and to work with children in a variety of settings, such as elementary and preschools, arts institutions, theatre or dance companies, and community centers in rural and urban environments.

The Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Program functions in consortium with Brockport’s Departments of Art, Dance and Theatre (for theatre and music). 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, music or theatre;

(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 arts for children major with certification in childhood education. Admission to Brockport’s NCATE accredited classroom teacher certification program, offered through the Department of Education and Human Development, requires a separate application and admission usually prior to the junior year. Specific advisement is needed for both the Arts for Children major and the teacher certification program. For further details regarding certification, consult the program listed under the Department of Education and Human Development. Students should contact their Arts for Children major advisor and the Department of Education and Human Development as early as possible when planning their course of study.

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 Major
Students with an affinity for all arts and the ability to communicate proficiently in at least one art area are encouraged to apply. Potential majors are interviewed by the Program Director prior to admission. Contact the program office to set up an appointment. The Director and student complete an “Intent to Major” form during the freshman or early sophomore year. A student indicates a specialty of art, dance, music or theatre and is assigned an advisor. Formal acceptance into the Arts for Children interdisciplinary major program is granted only after the student has successfully completed:

1) four prerequisite arts courses, one in each art area as designated in the chosen specialty;

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 advisor. Upon completion of prerequisite requirements, a “Declaration of Academic Major” form will 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, music and theatre. Please check important prerequisites and course descriptions as listed below and under respective department headings. Students transferring to SUNY Brockport should inquire regarding the feasibility of transferring course credit from previous institutions. Course credits may transfer but only those that are exact equivalents to courses listed below will be counted.

All Majors

Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Core Courses: (6 credits) Credits
AC 280 (A)* Introduction to Related Arts for Children
3
IAC 491 (A) Seminar in Arts for Children
3
   
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6

* Note: this course must be taken after successful completion of prerequisites in art, dance, music and theatre.

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 sophomore 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). ART 210, DNS 115, MUS 105 and THE 281 followed by IAC 280 are prerequisite courses to be completed prior to acceptance as an arts for children major. These courses are marked with an asterisk (*).

I. Required Courses in Art: (21 credits)
ARH 201 (A) Survey of World Art I
3
ARH 202 (A) Survey of World Art II
3
ART 210 (A,P)* Two-Dimensional Design
3
ART 221 (A,P) Drawing I
3
ART 417 (B) Methods of Teaching Art on the
Elementary Level
3
Two courses in studio art (see prerequisites listed in the
Department of Art section of the catalogue)
6
   
______
   
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
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

Dance Specialty
An entry audition is required for all dance majors, minors, and arts for children dance specialty majors. Contact the Department of Dance for information and audition packet. DNS 204, DNS 205, ART 101, MUS 300 and THE 281 followed by IAC 280 are prerequisite courses to be completed prior to acceptance as an arts for children major. These courses are marked with an asterisk (*).

I. Required Courses in Dance: (21 credits)
DNS 204 (B)* Dance Conditioning Laboratory
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:  
DNS 302 Social/Ballroom Dance Forms
OR  
DNS 330 (A) African Dance II
OR  
DNS 316 (A) History and Development of Dance
3
One of the following:  
DNS 306 (A) Beginning Dance Composition
OR  
DNS 375 (A) Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
3
   
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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 Dance
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
   
______
   
21
  Total including Core:
48

Music Specialty
An entrance audition is required. An incoming student should be able to perform voice or on instrument at NYSSMA level IV or above. Contact the Arts for Children Program Office for information. ART 101, DNS 115, MUS 105 and THE 281 followed by IAC 280 are prerequisite courses to be completed prior to acceptance as an arts for children major. These courses are marked with an asterisk (*).

I. Required Courses in Music: (21 credits)
MUS 105 (A,P)* Introduction to Music 3
MUS 112 (A,C,F,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 130 (B) Beginning Piano Class
(2)
MUS 230 (B) Advanced Piano Class
(2)
MUS 139 (B) Class Voice I
(2)
MUS 239 (B) Class Voice II
(2)
MUS 300 (A) Music for Dance
(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)
   
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9
   
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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

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. THE 201 or 202, THE 281, ART 101, DNS 115 and MUS 105 followed by IAC 280 are prerequisite courses to be completed prior to acceptance as an arts for children major. These courses are marked with an asterisk (*).

I. Required Courses in Theatre: (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
   
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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 Dance
3
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 Elective
3
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. 1-4 Cr.

IAC 490 Arts for Children Special Topics Workshop (B). 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 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.


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