Visual & Performing Arts

Associates of Arts
Title for Visual and Performing Arts Brochure

Naugatuck Valley's distinctive programs in Art, Dance, Music and Theater Arts offer challenging courses of study for both the inexperienced and experienced, student and artist, by providing training, skills and opportunities in the world of the arts. We help students reach their creative and intellectual potential through our quality instruction, interdisciplinary focus and fine works and productions.

Our dance and digital arts programs are unique in the Connecticut Community College system. The Department produces concerts, plays, art shows and media events on and off campus throughout the year.

Dance Option - Requirements & Outcomes

 

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications DAN*H101 History & Appreciation of World Dance 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any from HIS*H101, *H102, *H121, or *H122 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H113 Modern I: Pioneers of America 3
Program Requirement DAN*H111 Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean American Vernacular 3
Program Requirement DAN*H118 Dance Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education◊◊◊ 1
Program Requirement DAN*H232 Ballet III 1
Program Requirement DAN*H233 Modern Dance III 1
THIRD SEMESTER
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement DAN*H202 Ballet II: Classical to Contemporary 3
Program Requirement DAN*H213 Modern II: Second Generation American 3
Program Requirement DAN*H221 Repertory/Ensemble 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H112 Jazz II: Broadway and Film Dance 3
Program Requirement DAN*H222 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble 3
Program Requirement Dance Elective◊◊◊? 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

◊◊◊In addition to DAN 118, students should take a total of two credits from DAN 119, 120, 232, or 233 in their 4th semester.

◊◊◊?Students should choose 3 credits from DAN 109 &209 (1cr each), 140 (1cr), 225, 224, or 231

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and execute warm-up exercises specific to all dance forms (ballet, modern, ethnic, jazz).
  2. Execute desirable physical activity, preparation, and training for the dancer, actor, or musician so that she/he may intelligently choose a further course of action in the arts.
  3. Execute a variety of choreographic styles to enhance and broaden movement and choreographic vocabulary utilizing time, space and energy.
  4. Demonstrate kinesthetic awareness, mental and physical coordination, rhythmic sensitivity, and musicality.
  5. Identify dancers and choreographers and their particular contributions to the field of dance and their processes in creating dance.
  6. Choreograph and perform movement and demonstrate performance skills of concentration, projection, characterization, expression and ensemble work.
  7. Demonstrate wherewithal for scheduling and conducting rehearsals and producing a performance that includes staging, lighting, costuming, decor, and publicity.

Music Option - Requirements & Outcomes

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications MUS*H101 History & Appreciation 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Program Requirement MUS*H115 Music Theory I 3
Program Requirement MUS*H163 Ear Training I 1
Program Requirement MUS*H183 Applied Lessons (one credit per semester) 1
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
SECOND SEMESTER
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement MUS*H116 Music Theory II 3
Program Requirement MUS*H164 Ear Training II 1
Program Requirement MUS*H183 Applied Lessons (one credit per semester) 1
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
THIRD SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement MUS*H184 Applied Lessons (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement MUS*H213 Music Theory III 3
Program Requirement MUS*H263 Ear Training III 1
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement MUS*H184 Applied Lessons (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement MUS*H214 Music Theory IV 3
Program Requirement MUS*H264 Ear Training IV 1

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Relate basic musical forms and theoretical principles to performance.
  2. Demonstrate technical skills in singing and/or in playing an instrument or instruments.
  3. Demonstrate historical knowledge of musical events, styles, forms and concepts.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of musical literature in the area of the student’s major.
  5. Demonstrate performance skills via ensemble experience.
  6. Develop an appreciation of world culture through the beauty and discipline of the Art of music.

Theater Arts - Requirements & Outcomes

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications THR*H101 Introduction to Theater 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Program Requirement THR*H110 Acting I 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement THR*H210 Acting II 3
Program Requirement THR*H120 Stagecraft 3
Program Requirement Visual Arts Elective (choose one from ART *H101, *H102, *H111, or *H121) 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement THR*H190 Theatre Practicum I 3
Program Requirement Music Elective (choose one from: MUS *H101, *H111, *H173, *H183, or *H184) 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement THR*H290 Theatre Practicum II 3
Program Requirement Dance Elective, (Choose one from DAN *H101, *H102, *H111, or *H113) 3
Program Requirement Visual and Performing Arts Elective 1 6

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Choose 6 credits from Visual and Performing Arts Electives listed in the right column and College catalog.

Visual and Performing Arts Electives
ART*H101 Art History I
ART*H102 Art History II
ART*H121 Two-Dimensional Design
ART*H122 Three-Dimensional Design
ART*H131 Sculpture I
ART*H132 Sculpture II
ART*H141 Photography I
ART*H142 Photography II
ART*H160 Crafts
ART*H161 Ceramics I
ART*H162 Ceramics II
ART*H167 Printmaking I
COM*H175 Voice and Diction
DAN*H101 History and Appreciation of World Dance
DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic
DAN*H111 Jazz Dance I: Afro-Caribbean/ American
DAN*H112 Jazz Dance II: Broadway & Film
DAN*H113 Modern Dance I: Pioneers of America
DAT*H106 Digital Design
DAT*H116 Interactive Media Design
DAT*H212 3D Graphics and Animation I
DAT*H290 Digital Arts Project
GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design
MUS*H101 History and Appreciation of Music
MUS*H103 History of American Music
MUS*H104 World Music
MUS*H111 Fundamentals of Music I
MUS*H153 Class Instruction Piano
MUS*H158 Chamber Music/Jazz Ensemble
MUS*H163 Ear Training I
MUS*H164 Ear Training II
MUS*H173 Class Voice
MUS*H176 Gospel Choir
MUS*H179 Opera Performance Ensemble
MUS*H183 Applied Private Music Lessons
MUS*H184 Applied Private Music Lessons
MUS*H206 Introduction to Music Education
MUS*H208 Introduction to Music Therapy
MUS*H213 Music Theory III
MUS*H214 Music Theory IV
MUS*H254 Concert Band
MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Technology I
THR*H225 Directing
THR*H226 Musical Theater Production
THR*H231 Dramatic Literature
THR*H295 Theater Practicum III

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of historical events in film and theater.
  2. Demonstrate the art of stage technology, costuming, set construction, and lighting.
  3. Demonstrate specific performance skills in acting, including character analysis, blocking, interpretation, voice and diction.
  4. Master the art of theatrical auditioning.
  5. Develop a repertory of theatrical roles through participation in plays and theater events.
  6. Develop an appreciation of world culture through the beauty and discipline of the art of theater.

Visual Arts Option - Requirements & Outcomes

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Program Requirement ART*H111 Drawing I 3
Program Requirement ART*H121 Two Dimensional Design 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications ART*H101 Art History I 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement ART*H112 Drawing II 3
Program Requirement ART*H122 Three Dimensional Design 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement ART*H102 Art History II 3
Program Requirement ART*H131 Sculpture 3
Program Requirement ART*H151 Painting I 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Program Requirement ART*H161 Ceramics I 3
Program Requirement ART*H167 Printmaking I 3
Program Requirement Visual Art Elective◊◊◊ 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

◊◊◊Students should choose ART*H132, *H152, *H162, *H168, *H250, or GRA*H150. See catalogue for course descriptions..

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Execute skills and techniques necessary for studio art, and demonstrate manipulative skills including dexterity with tools and equipment specific to various media.
  2. Compile a portfolio of work reflecting the breadth of his/her study.
  3. Demonstrate desirable attitudes and work habits — creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, good artistic judgment, industriousness, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance.
  4. Describe a knowledge of the relationship among various components of art including design, drawing and painting, and understand the contributions that each makes to the final product.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of mounting an exhibition of work and presenting it to the public.
  6. Communicate clearly using specific art vocabulary .


Certificate in Visual Arts - Requirements & Outcomes

 

Course No. Title Credits
ART*H111 Drawing I 3
ART*H151 Painting I 3
ART*H101 Art History I
or
ART*H102 Art History II 3
ART*H112 Drawing II 3
ART*H152 Painting II 3
ART*H121 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART*H131 Sculpture I 3
Electives Art 6
Total Credit Hours 27

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of skills and techniques necessary for studio art.
  2. Assemble a comprehensive portfolio of artwork.

Certificate in Dance - Requirements & Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
CAD*H150 2D CAD Drafting 3
MFG*H104 Manufacturing Processes 4
ENG*H101 Composition 3
MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Elective Directed Elective† 3
Total Credit Hours 16

†Directed Electives:

CAD*H200 3D CAD Modeling

CAD*H220 Parametric Design

MAT*H172 College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics course)

MFG*H106 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I

TCN*H101 Introduction to Engineering Technology

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of engineering graphics and conventional 2-dimensional drafting practices such as geometric constructions, orthographic, projection, isometric, section, detail, and auxiliary views.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CAD software for 2-dimensional applications.
  3. Explain concepts and requirements for drawings used in the manufacturing process.
  4. Create 2D professionally finished drawings from working drawings under the supervision of a senior draftsperson.
  5. Demonstrate the proper setup and procedures for various manufacturing processes.
  6. Apply language arts skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  7. Apply mathamatics required for basic drafting and manufacturing applications.

Certificate in Electronic Music and Audio Production

Students must complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:

Course No. Title Credits
MUS*H101 Music History & Appreciation I 3
DAT/MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/
Audio Tech I 3
DAT/MUS*H237 Principles of Sound Recording 3
*Directed Elective Arts/Digital Arts 3
12
MUS*H126 20th Century/Modern Music 3
DAT/MUS*H219 Electronic Music Composition/
Audio Tech II 3
DAT*H220 Acoustics and Sound Design 3
9
Total Credit Hours 21

*Directed Electives:

DAT*H110, DAT*H226, DAT*H290,

MUS*H103, MUS*H115

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the properties of sound, human hearing, and sound reproduction systems.
  2. Use principles of acoustics and psychoacoustics to design state-of-the-art sonic environments.
  3. Apply industry-standard techniques and tools to complete two-track and multi-track recording projects.
  4. Use digital signal processing tools to manipulate and shape sound.
  5. Compose original electronic music compositions.

Upon successfully completing one of the the Visual and Performing Arts Options, you should be eligible to transfer to one of the four Connecticut State Universities as a Junior. To receive transfer credit, a grade of C or better is required. Several private schools in the state will also take a majority of the classes, enabling you to enter their institution as a high level Sophomore or even a Junior.

If you are interested in one of the option in the Visual & Performing Arts program, follow the simple steps below. With proper planning you can earn your  Associates Degree in two years.

  1. E-mail rgard@nv.edu to set up an advising appoint.
  2. Once you determine what you would like to do, apply to NVCC.
  3. If you have not taken the SATs, schedule a time to take your placement tests for English and Math.
  4. Meet with a counselor or your advisor to choose your classes and register.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the financial aid office for assistance.

Department Head
Burton Tedesco
203-575-8038 (p)
Room: A301