The Performing Arts Certificate program was primarily developed to broaden employment opportunities for Deaf graduates in applied arts and imaging, professional and technical communication and related business areas, industrial technologies, and other fields by expanding their repertoire of marketable skills. Students develop a knowledge of standard theatrical operating procedures, as well as principles and practices of theatre accessibility for Deaf people, allowing them to work in professional, regional and community theatre. It also provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue further education in film, video, theatre, and related forms of performing arts.
The Performing Arts Certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge of theatre terminology, practices and protocol; and experience in performance and technical theatre. The students must take 3-three-credit courses from the Performing Arts program and a production practicum (at least 1-credit hour) to meet the certificate requirements.
The certificate requires the successful completion of 10 credits. Choose three separate courses from the listing below. Additionally, one credit of Theatre practicum is required.
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants for the Performing Arts Certificate must be students in good standing in an undergraduate program at RIT/NTID or hold an undergraduate degree from one of those programs.
At least 10 credit hours selected from the following courses:
|Course Title||Course Number||Credits|
|Introduction to Performing Arts||NHSS-120||3|
|Introduction to Stagecraft||NHSS-122||3|
|Sign Mime, Creative Movement & Visual Theatre||NHSS-132||3|
|Dance I: Jazz & Hip Hop||NHSS-134||3|
|Appreciation of Theatrical Design||NHSS-220||3|
|Scenic & Lighting Technology||NHSS-223||3|
|Scenic Painting and Props||NHSS-224||3|
|Costume, Mask, & Stage Makeup||NHSS-225||3|
|Dance II: Modern Dance & Ballet||NHSS-235||3|
|Theatre History through Deaf Eyes||NHSS-240||3|
|Seminar in Performing Arts||NHSS-249||3|
|Performing Arts Practicum||NHSS-248||1|
Please note: All courses must be taken as an elective to qualify for the Performing Arts Certificate. Courses may not count towards multiple requirements.