Certificate Program

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
Acting I NHSS-130 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
Acting II NHSS-231 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
Total credits: 10

Please note: All courses must be taken as an elective to qualify for the Performing Arts Certificate. Courses may not count towards multiple requirements.