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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Performing Arts with Areas of Concentration, AFA

Award: Associate of Fine Arts

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


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

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 be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of performing arts styles
  • Perform proficiently at an intermediate level
  • Identify historical time periods as they relate to the performing arts
  • 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:

  • Recognize various genres of theatre and music
  • Differentiate various playwrights and composers
  • Identify historical time periods as they relate to music and theatre
  • Perform music and theatre at an intermediate level


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.