Performing Arts Certificate

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The performing arts certificate program offers deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students the opportunity to develop knowledge of standard theatrical operating procedures as well as principles and practices of theater accessibility for deaf people, allowing them to work in professional, regional, and community theater. It also provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue further education in film, video, theater, and related forms of performing arts.

The performing arts certificate program was primarily developed to broaden employment opportunities for graduates in design and imaging, communications and related business areas, industrial technologies, and other fields by expanding their repertoire of marketable skills. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of theater terminology, practices and protocols, issues in script analysis, ASL translation and accessibility; and experience in performance and technical theater. Students must take three 3-credit courses from NTID’s Performing Arts Program and a production practicum (at least one credit hour) to meet the certificate requirements. The three additional courses are in areas such as stagecraft, acting, scenic and lighting technology, and scenic painting and props, to name a few.


Curriculum for Performing Arts Certificate

Performing Arts, certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
   Theatre Practicum
Choose three of the following:
   Introduction to Performing Arts
   Introduction to Stagecraft
   Acting I
   Sign Mime, Creative Movement, and Visual Theatre
   Dance I: Jazz and Hip-Hop
   Independent Study: Performing Arts
   Appreciation of Theatrical Design
   Scenic and Lighting Technology
   Scenic Painting and Props
   Costume, Mask, and Stage Make-Up
   Acting II
   Dance II: Modern Dance and Ballet
   Seminar in Performing Arts
   Special Topics: Performing Arts
Total Semester Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the performing arts certificate must be students in good standing in an undergraduate program at RIT, or hold an undergraduate degree from RIT.

Candidates must complete or have already completed an undergraduate degree program from RIT to receive this certificate.

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