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
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication DAN H101 History and Appreciation of World Dance 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any listed - Prefer DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge HIS*H101 Western Civilization 3
Oral Communication Choose any listed - Prefer COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics or any Quantitative Reasoning course higher than MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge♢♢ Choose any listed - Prefer BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology 3-4
Scientific Reasoning♢♢ Choose any listed - Prefer DAN*H175 Kinesiology for Dancers 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any listed - Prefer ANT*H101 Introduction to Anthropology or
PSY*H111 General Psychology I or SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology
3
Written Communication Choose any listed - Prefer ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic 3
DAN*H202 Ballet II: Classical to Contemporary 3
DAN*H113 Modern I: Pioneers of American Modern Dance 3
DAN*H213 Modern II: Second Generation of American Modern Dance 3
DAN*H111 Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean American Vernacular 3
DAN*H112 Jazz II: Broadway and Film Dance 3
DAN*H221 Repertory/Ensemble I 3
DAN*H222 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble I 3
DAN*H118 Dance Pedagogy: Early Childhood Education 1
DAN*H232/233 Ballet III, Modern III 2
Elective See List (DAN) Dance Recommended 3
Total Credits: 61-62

Notes:

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 intending to transfer are encouraged to take MAT 146, 167, or 172; students planning to major in Education should take MAT 143 or 144.

†† BIO*H115 Human Biology is strongly recommended for students who are planning on transferring and pursuing their 4-year degree. DAN*H175 Kineseology for Dancers is required for state certification in K-12 dance education and fulfills the science requirement for dance majors.

Additional Dance Courses Available:
DAN*H109, 209, 188, 119, 120, 140, 224, 225, 231

Visual and Performing Arts Electives
Art*H101 Art History I
Art*H102 Art History II
Art*H160 Crafts
ART*H122 Three-Dimensional Design
Art*H131 Sculpture I
Art*H132 Sculpture II
ART*H141 Photography I
ART*H142 Photography III
Art*H161 Ceramics I
Art*H162 Ceramics II
Art*H167 Printmaking I
COM*H175 Voice and Diction
DAN*H109 Ballroom Dancing
DAN*H110 Rhythm Tap
DAN*H118 Dance Pedagogy for Early Childhood
DAN*H119 Dance Pedagogy for Elementary Education
DAN*H120 Dance Pedagogy for Secondary Education
DAN*H140 Pilates/Wellness
DAN*H175 Kinesiology for Dancers
DAN*H231 Jazz III: Musical Theater Dance
DAN*H225 Repertory/Ensemble II
DAN*H224 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble II
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*H111 Fundamentals of Music I
MUS*H158 Chamber Music/Jazz Ensemble I
MUS*H163 Ear Training I
MUS*H164 Ear Training II
MUS*H176 Gospel Choir
MUS*H179 Opera Performance Ensemble
MUS*H184 Applied Private Music Lessons & MUS*H183
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*H110 Acting I
THR*H120 Stagecraft
THR*H190 Theater Practicum I

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
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication MUS 101 Music History & Appreciation I 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed—Prefer DAT 101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG 101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge Listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed
Prefer--COM 100 Introduction to Communications
3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT 135 or any Quantitative Reasoning course higher than MAT*H137* 3
Scientific Knowledge♢♢ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed Prefer BIO 105** Introduction to Biology 3-4
Scientific Reasoning♢♢ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed
Prefer DAN*H175** Kinesiology for Dancers
3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed
Prefer ANT*H101 Introduction to Anthropology or
PSY*H111 General Psychology I or SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology
3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed
Prefer ENG 102 Literature and Composition
3
Program Requirements MUS*H115 Music Theory I 3
MUS*H163 Ear Training I 1
MUS*H116 Music Theory II 3
MUS*H164 Ear Training II 1
MUS*H213 Music Theory III 3
MUS*H263 Ear Training III 1
MUS*H214 Music Theory IV 3
MUS*H264 Ear Training IV 1
MUS*H183 Private Music Lessons I 2
MUS*H184 Private Music Lessons II 4
MUS*H161, 254, or 158 8
Total Credits: 60-61

Notes:

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

Mathematics selection is MAT*H135 for AA degree students. MAT*H167 or MAT*H172 is for students intending to transfer to a four year degree program.

  • Applied Lessons selection for AA degree students is one semester each of MUS*H183 and MUS*H184, while students transferring to any CSU or UConn take two semesters each of MUS*H183 and MUS*H184. The particular field for the Applied Lessons is determined by the student’s performance major and audition as directed by the Department Chair.
  • The particular Music Ensemble (MUS*H161 Chorale, MUS*H158 Chamber Music Jazz Ensemble, MUS*H254 Concert Band) is determined by student’s performance major and audition as directed by Department Chair. Performance Ensemble Requirement for AA degree students is two semesters of performance ensemble, while students transferring to any CSU or UConn take four semesters of performance ensemble.

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.

Visual and Performing Arts Electives:
ART*H160 Crafts
ART*H122 Three-Dimensional Design
ART*H131 Sculpture I
ART*H132 Sculpture II
ART*H141 Photography I
ART*H142 Photography II
ART*H161 Ceramics I
ART*H162 Ceramics II
ART*H167 Printmaking I
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*H111 Fundamentals of Music I
MUS*H153 Class Instruction Piano
MUS*H173 Class Voice
MUS*H179 Opera Performance Ensemble
MUS*H184 Applied Private Music Lessons
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 Tech. I
MUS*H219 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Tech. I
MUS*H263 Ear Training III
MUS*H264 Ear Training IV
THR*H110 Acting I
THR*H120 Stagecraft
THR*H190 Theater Practicum I

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
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication THR*H101 Introduction to Theater 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Any Listed - Prefer DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Any listed 3
Oral Communication Any listed - Prefer COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics or any Quantitative Reasoning course higher than MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Any listed - Prefer BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology†† 3-4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Any listed - Prefer DAN*H175 Kinesiology for Dancers†† 3-4
Social Phenomena Any listed - Prefer ANT*H101 Introduction to Anthropology or
PSY*H111 General Psychology I or SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology
3
Written Communication Any listed - Prefer ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements ART*H101 or ART*H102 or ART*H111 or ART*H121 3
DAN*H101 or DAN*H113 or
DAN*H102 or DAN*H111
3
MUS*H101 or MUS*H111 or MUS*H173 or MUS*H183 or MUS*H184 3
THR 110 Acting I 3
THR 210 Acting II 3
THR 120 Stagecraft
3
THR 190 Theater Practicum I 3
THR 290 Theater Practicum II 3
Any Visual and Performing Arts Electives listed in catalog 6
Total Credits: 60-61

Notes:

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

Mathematics selection is MAT*H135 for AA degree students. MAT*H167 or MAT*H172 is for students intending to transfer to a four year degree program.

†† Science selection from any 3-credit science course for AA degree students, or any 4 credit science course (with lab) for students transferring to any CSU or UConn.

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.

Visual and Performing Arts Electives
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
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*H111 Fundamentals of Music I
MUS*H115 Music Theory I
MUS*H116 Music Theory II
MUS*H153 Class Instruction Piano
MUS*H161 Chorale
MUS*H173 Class Voice
MUS*H183 Applied Lessons
MUS*H184 Applied Lessons
MUS*H208 Introduction to Music Therapy
MUS*H254 Concert Band
MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Technology I
MUS*H163 Ear Training I
MUS*H164 Ear Training II
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:

  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
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication ART*H101 Art History I 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed - Prefer DAT*H101 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed - Prefer COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics or any Quantitative Reasoning course higher than MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed - Prefer BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology†† 3-4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed - Prefer DAN*H175 Kinesiology for Dancers†† 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed - Prefer ANT*H101 Introduction to Anthropology or
PSY*H111 General Psychology I or SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology
3
Written Communication Any listed - Prefer ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements ART*H102 Art History II 3
ART*H111 Drawing I 3
ART*H112 Drawing II 3
ART*H121 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART*H122 Three - Dimensional Design 3
ART*H131 Sculpture I 3
ART*H151 Painting I 3
ART*H161 Ceramics I 3
ART*H167 Printmaking I 3
Any from the following Electives:
ART*H132 Sculpture II
ART*H152 Painting II
ART*H162 Ceramics II
GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design
3
Total Credits: 61-62

Notes:

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

Mathematics selection is MAT*H135 for AA degree students. MAT*H167 or MAT*H172 is for students intending to transfer to a four year degree program.

†† Science selection from any 3 credit science course for AA degree students, or any 4 credit science course (with lab) for students transferring to any CSU or UConn.

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.

Visual and Performing Arts Electives:
ART*H122 Three-Dimensional Design
ART*H131 Sculpture I
ART*H132 Sculpture II
ART*H160 Crafts
ART*H161 Ceramics I
ART*H162 Ceramics II
ART*H167 Printmaking I
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*H111 Fundamentals of Music I
MUS*H115 Music Theory I
MUS*H116 Music Theory II
MUS*H153 Class Instruction Piano
MUS*H161 Chorale
MUS*H173 Class Voice
MUS*H183 Applied Lessons
MUS*H184 Applied Lessons
MUS*H208 Introduction to Music Therapy
MUS*H254 Concert Band
MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Technology I
MUS*H163 Ear Training I
MUS*H164 Ear Training II
THR*H110 Acting I
THR*H120 Stagecraft
THR*H190 Theater Practicum I

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*H102
Art History I
or
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:

  • Demonstrate mastery of skills and techniques necessary for studio art.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CAD software for 2-dimensional applications.
  • Explain concepts and requirements for drawings used in the manufacturing process.
  • Create 2D professionally finished drawings from working drawings under the supervision of a senior draftsperson.
  • Demonstrate the proper setup and procedures for various manufacturing processes.
  • Apply language arts skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  • 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:

  • Analyze and evaluate the properties of sound, human hearing, and sound reproduction systems.
  • Use principles of acoustics and psychoacoustics to design state-of-the-art sonic environments.
  • Apply industry-standard techniques and tools to complete two-track and multi-track recording projects.
  • Use digital signal processing tools to manipulate and shape sound.
  • 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