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Major/Minor Requirements

Download the department of Theatre and Dance handbook to review pertinent information regarding the Theatre Major and Dance Major/Minor offerings. 

The Theatre Major 

The Theatre Major at Colorado College is designed to introduce students to both theoretical and practical components of the discipline. It begins with courses on acting, directing, and design in preparation for the advanced study of interdisciplinary performance. Majors are also required to study the history of dramatic literature, intercultural performance traditions, and performance theory. In their junior year, theatre and dance majors participate in a seminar on collaboration in creative practice taught by full-time faculty and visiting artists. This seminar leads towards the senior thesis, which is an independent project on a creative or critical topic developed under close faculty guidance.

The Dance Major

The Dance Major at Colorado College is designed to introduce students to both theoretical and practical components of the discipline. It first seeks to familiarize students with diverse movement vocabularies, including ballet, modern, global dance forms, and somatic practices. The major strongly emphasizes composition and creative process and offers beginning courses on choreography and design in preparation for the advanced study of interdisciplinary performance. Majors are also required to study the history of modern and contemporary dance, intercultural performance traditions, and performance theory. In their junior year, theatre and dance majors participate in a seminar on collaboration in creative practice taught by full-time faculty and visiting artists. This seminar leads towards the senior thesis, which is an independent project on a creative or critical topic developed under close faculty guidance.

The Dance Minor

The Dance Minor at Colorado College is designed for students whose primary interest in the discipline is dance technique and performance. Dance minors are required to study the fundamentals of choreography and various movement vocabularies, including ballet, modern, and global dance forms. In addition to studio courses, the minor also consists of two academic courses that address social and intercultural perspectives in dance history. The minor concludes with an integrative project, which may be completed during a student's junior or senior year.

The Performance Design Minor

The Performance Design minor is intended for students with a special interest in the visual aspects of theatre and dance, such as scene design, costume, and lighting. In addition to courses on design fundamentals and specialized studio skills, students will also take courses in art history and media studies. The minor concludes with an integrative project, which may be completed during a student's junior or senior year.