Why study Theatre and Dance: Concentration Dance at APSU?
Austin Peay’s Theatre and Dance program is unique due to the commitment we have to providing personal attention to each student and to his or her professional growth for career building beyond time spent at the university. We keep class sizes small so that the student-to-faculty ratio is relatively low, and we optimize student main stage opportunities every year. Moreover, we give our students regional exposure by actively participating in the major theatre and dance conferences around the country; thus, our students are afforded many opportunities to succeed as theatre and dance practitioners, educators, and as other professionals in the fields they choose to pursue after graduation.
What will I learn?
Students who choose to study in the performing arts (theatre and dance) have several programs of study from which to choose. APSU offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre/Dance with Concentrations in Acting/Directing, Theatre Design, Musical Theatre, and Dance. The curriculum for each area is diverse and challenging. Coursework includes skill-based classes as well as theoretical and research courses. Our Theatre minor and Dance minor curriculum covers a breadth of subjects and methods.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Students majoring in Theatre and Dance may join Alpha Psi Omega (APO) or the Student Organized Dance Association (SODA).
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Theatre and Dance: Concentration Dance Majors Do After Graduation?
Dance majors go on to pursue many different paths:
- Adjunct Faculty
- Artistic Director
- Arts Administrator
- Arts Educator
- Arts Manager
- Ballet Instructor
- Community Dance Instructor
- Dance Company Manager
- Dance Therapist
- Marketing Manager
- Performance Artist
- Performing Arts Teacher
- Rehearsal Director
- Theatre Programmer
- Yoga Instructor