AA, Fine Arts, Dance

Program Description

The Associate of Arts, Fine Arts, Dance seeks to be an outstanding performing arts program within the visual and performing arts department. This program is noted for its excellence in the classroom and on stage, providing our students with the knowledge and skills upon which they build careers and become productive students.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Emphasis 5 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
DAN 101 Dance Appreciation 3
DAN 188 Choreography I: Improvisation for Composition 2
Foreign Language 6 4
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
DAN 288 Choreography II: Elements of Dance Composition 3
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Emphasis 5 2
Foreign Language 6 4
Mathematics 4 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
Elective 5 3
Emphasis 5 1
Science 4 3
Elective 5 5
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 5 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 5 3
Science 4 3
Elective 5 3
Humanities 5 3
Fine Arts 5 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English 3-6
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Theatre: a Cultural Context
Introduction to Theatre
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Additional College Requirements
Dance Appreciation 2
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements
DAN 101Dance Appreciation3
DAN 188Choreography I: Improvisation for Composition2
DAN 288Choreography II: Elements of Dance Composition3
Select 6 units from the following:6
Jazz Dance (Beginning)
Ballet, Beginning
Ballet, Beginning/Intermediate
Modern Dance, Beginning
Jazz Dance (Intermediate)
Ballet (Intermediate)
Modern Dance Intermediate
Concert Dance Company
Elective Requirements
Select 14 units from the following: 314-25
Foreign Language 6
Ballet, Beginning/Intermediate
Modern Dance, Beginning/Intermediate
Tap Dance (Beginning)
Intermediate Tap Dance
Ballet (Intermediate/Advanced)
Modern Dance, Intermediate/Advanced
Tap Dance (Intermediate)
Dance Performance
Independent Study: Dance
Musical Theatre Workshop I
Musical Theatre Workshop II
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


Students transferring to UNR should consult an advisor. 


See Approved List of Foreign Language choices for AA Degree

Students completing the degree will:

  • Articulate the language of dance, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking about dance relating to the knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of dance.
  •  Synthesize aspects of dance theory, rehearsal and production.
  • Apply skills in to demonstrate competency in this art form.
  • Demonstrate competence as a performing dance student through participation in recitals and productions.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.