ARTD 403 Supervised Work can be used to pursue community or arts engagement or creative work that emerge from students' particular interests in dance-based projects. Students must present solid proposals for projects including motive, work model, and proposed outcomes. These projects have ranged from internships with regional companies, to deepening awareness of movement therapy practices, to working with urban social service agencies in creative or performance projects. Students may also use ARTD 403 to pursue particular research areas of interest under faculty guidance that result in projects or papers.
Praxis Courses and Internships
Praxis Courses build on the College's strong tradition of community involvement and civic engagement. The Praxis Program is premised on the principle that social responsibility and "real world" preparedness are achieved through a combination of classroom-based theory with practical experience. The Dance Program offers ARTA/EDUC 251 Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings, a course, cross listed with Education, intended for students who have substantial experience in any art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites. Students study both the history of the arts in education and as well as underlying theories. The praxis component allows students to create a fluid relationship between theory and practice through observing, teaching and reflecting on arts practices in education contexts in 4-6 hours per week of school or community placements. Also offered for Praxis credit is ARTD B145 Dance/Close Reading in which students engage in a close reading of dance, using live dance performances as primary texts and set these performances in critical and historical contexts through readings in dance criticism and theory, activities, discussion and media. More information can be found on the Praxis webpage.
Internships provide exposure to and experience in any number of dance-related practices. The Arts Program sponsors a summer internship that will fund or will supplement a paid internship that the student has constructed on their own or has arranged with an organization or institution. Summer internships have also been used to fund the creation and production of original performance projects. Other summer or semester arts-oriented internships may be funded by grants through the College's LILAC Programs (The Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center).