Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts, Fine Arts Degree in Dance

Degrees

Mesa Community College students who receive their Associate in Arts degree in Dance may choose to transfer to a four-year university for further studies in Dance and/or related fields or other four-year programs. Students may choose to use their AAFA degree to help prepare them for careers such as performers in the entertainment industry working in professional dance productions for theme parks, cruise ships or with professional dance companies. Students may use their degree for careers as choreographers and teachers for dance studio and community programs.

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Program Requirements

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General Studies Core Requirements (35 credits)

  • *First Year Composition (6 credits)
  • ENG101 or 107 (3 credits)
  • ENG102 or 08 (3 credits)

Literacy and Critical Inquiry (3 credits)

Mathematical Studies (6 credits)

  • MAT142 (recommended) or 150 or any course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. (3 credits)
  • C/S Computer/Stats/Quantitative Applications (3 credits)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credits)

  • DAH100-Introduction to Dance (3 credits) or
  • DAH201-World Dance Studies (3 credits) or
  • DAH250 Dance in Popular Culture (3 credits)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

  • HES100-Healthful Living (recommended) (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (8 credits) 2 lab sciences required

SQ (4 credits) and SG-BIO160 or BIO201 (4 credits). 
Students cannot take 8 credits of SG to meet the natural sciences requirement.

Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (0-3 credits)
(C) May be shared wit one of the core classes

Historical or Global Awareness (0-3 credits)
(H) or (G) May be shared with one of the core classes

Additional MCCCCD Requirements (0-6 credits)

  • Oral Communication0-3 credits)
    May be shared with one of the core classes
  • COM100, 110, 225, 230
  • Critical Reading (0-3 credits)
  • CRED101 or equivalent as indicated by assessment

Fine Art Requirements - Dance (29 credits)
Part I (11 credits)

  • DAN150-Dance Performance (1 credit)
  • DAN210-Dance Production (3 credits)
  • DAN221-Rhythmic Theory for Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN264-Choreography I (3 credits)
  • DAN280-Dance Practicum (2 credits)

Part II (9 credits) - Must attain level III competency in Ballet and Modern Dance

  • DAN120AB-Flamenco (1 credit)
  • DAN129-Musical Theatre Dance I (1 credit)
  • DAN130-Musical Theatre Dance II (1 credit)
  • DAN131-Ballet I (1 credit)
  • DAN132-Modern Dance I (1 credit)
  • DAN133-Modern Jazz Dance I (1 credit)
  • DAN134-Ballet II (1 credit)
  • DAN135-Modern Dance II (1 credit)
  • DAN136-Modern Jazz Dance II (1 credit)
  • DAN231-Ballet III (1 credit)
  • DAN232-Modern Dance III (1 credit)
  • DAN233-Modern Jazz Dance III (1 credit)
  • DAN234 Ballet IV (1 credit)
  • DAN235 Modern Dance IV (1 credit)
  • DAN236 Modern Jazz IV (1 credit)

Part III (0-3 credits) Restricted Electives

  • DAN115AA-Hip Hop (1 credit)
  • DAN120AB-Flamenco (1 credit)
  • DAN125-Social Dance (1 credit)
  • DAN125AC-Social Dance: Latin Ballroom (1 credit)
  • DAN129-Musical Theatre Dance I (1 credit)
  • DAN130-Musical Theatre Dance II (1 credit)
  • DAN133-Modern Jazz Dance I (1 credit)
  • DAN136-Modern Jazz Dance II (1 credit)
  • DAN140-Tap Dance  (1 credit)
  • DAN141-Dance Workshop (1 credit)
  • DAN145-Tap Dance II (1 credit)
  • DAN146-Tap Dance Ensemble (1 credit)
  • *DAN150-Dance Performance I(1 credit)
  • *DAN155-Dance Performance II (1 credit)
  • DAN231-Ballet III (1 credit)
  • DAN232-Modern Dance III (1 credit)
  • DAN233-Modern Jazz Dance III (1 credit)
  • DAN234 Ballet IV (1 credit)
  • DAN235 Modern Dance IV (1 credit)
  • DAN236 Modern Jazz IV (1 credit)
  • *DAN250-Dance Performance III (1 credit)
  • *DAN255-Dance Performance IV (1 credit)                                                                                            *MCC Dance Company/Audition is required.

Part IV Restricted Electives-Dance Theory (6-9 credits)

  • DAH 100-Introduction to Dance (3 credits) if not used in core as Humanities requirement
  • DAH201-World Dance Studies (3 credits) if not used in core as Humanities requirement
  • DAN250-Dance in Popular Culture (3 credits) if not used in core as Humanities requirement
  • DAN222-Rhythmic Theory for Dance II (2 credits)
  • DAN265-Choreography II (3 credits)
  • DAN282-Service Learning-Dance (1-3 credits)