Feb 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
  
2022-2023 Catalog

Performing Arts with Areas of Concentration, AFA


Award: Associate of Fine Arts

Degree Code: CNLA (Live Arts Concentration) - 60 Credits

Degree Code: CNMC (Music Concentration) - 60 Credits - (Suspended)

Degree Code: CNTC (Theatre Concentration) - 60 Credits - (Suspended)

Program Description

The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts provides students with performing experience, practical career skills, and applied technique as a foundation for advancement in the performing arts. Solid training in classical and/or contemporary techniques is given in individual lessons with participation in music ensemble performances every semester. This program helps students to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, internships, and employment or career advancement in the areas of performance, education, administration, and production. This is accomplished in an open access, optimal learning environment for students’ educational, cultural, and economic development.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities


Performance, education, administration, and production.

Required Courses


General Education Requirement Electives - Select 11 Credits


Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • MAT - Math Elective [M] - 4 Credits
  • SCI - Science Elective with Lab [S/SL] - 4 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Elective [SS] - 3 Credits

Program Requirements


  • Electives - Select 10 Credits

  • Associate of Fine Arts Concentration Requirements and Electives (See Concentrations Below) - Select 30 Credits1

Areas of Concentration


Choose 30 credits from the following concentration areas. Courses may be selected from any of the concentration areas in order to meet the needs of your area(s) of concentration. The courses listed within each category are recommended for that particular course of study. It is recommended that you work with performing arts faculty to identify a transfer institution and focus that best suits your needs before selecting electives.

Live Arts Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)


The Live Arts concentration is designed for students who want to pursue careers as performing artists in a variety of fields.

HUM/MUC/MUL/THE Electives - Select 30 Credits

Music Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)


The Music concentration is designed for students who want to pursue careers as performing artists in music-related careers such as performing, composing, conducting, and recording.

Music Concentration Electives - Select 12 Credits


Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • MUC - Ensemble Electives - 8 Credits 2
  • MUL - Music Lesson Electives - 4 Credits 3

Theatre Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)


The Theatre concentration is designed for students who want to pursue careers as performing artists in theatre-related fields such as acting, directing, and script writing.

Theater Concentration Electives


  • ELECT - 3 credits

Recommended Sequence


The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (16 Credits)


Spring I (15 Credits)


Fall II (15 Credits)


  • SCI - Science Elective with Lab - 4 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Elective - 3 Credits
  • ELECT - Performing Arts Elective - 8 Credits

Spring II (14 Credits)


  • ELECT - Performing Arts Elective - 14 Credits

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of performing arts styles.
  • Demonstrate performance proficiency at an intermediate level.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of historical time periods as they relate to the performing arts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret major performance works.

Additional Outcomes - Area of Concentration in Live Arts


Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the genres of theatre and music.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of playwrights and composers.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of historical time periods as they relate to music and theatre.
  • Demonstrate intermediate level performance proficiency of music and theatre.

Additional Outcomes - Area of Concentration in Music


Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the genres of theatre.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of plays and playwrights throughout history.
  • Demonstrate an ability to portray various characters.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret major theatre works for the stage.

Additional Outcomes - Area of Concentration in Theatre


Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level on their main instrument or vocal part.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of tonal harmony.
  • Demonstrate functional proficiency in aural theory (ear training).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of repertoire for their instrument.

Note


1 Performing arts electives are chosen to tailor the program of study to specific transfer goals. It is recommended that students contact the performing arts program coordinator and faculty to identify transfer institutions and performing art concentrations before selecting electives.

2 Electives include Chamber Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Band/Orchestra, or other approved electives.

3 Electives include individual lessons in voice, piano, string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion/drums, guitar, classical guitar, jazz guitar, or other approved elective.