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Dance with National Ballet School Teachers' Training Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines or visit our website.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most CA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

Entry to CA 122 Contemporary Dance I is by audition/interview usually in early spring. Contact the school to make an appointment.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study.

Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is or includes ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

In addition to the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in dance, the school offers a combined degree/diploma program with the National Ballet School Teachers' Training Program where students initiate their studies at Simon Fraser University or the National Ballet School (NBS).

Those who begin at Simon Fraser University will spend three years at the University and two years at NBS to receive a BFA degree and a National Ballet School Teachers' Training diploma. Students who transfer to Simon Fraser University after three NBS study years will complete two years at Simon Fraser University and receive bachelor of general studies degree and the NBS Teachers' Training Diploma.

For a bachelor of fine arts with a major in dance, students must complete a minimum of 120 units, 24 of which must satisfy the writing, quantitative and breadth (WQB) requirements and 45 units must be in upper division courses.

Students are encouraged to plan their program in consultation with the school's advisor.

Academic Continuance Policy

Policy:

All students who successfully complete the acceptance process within the School for the Contemporary Arts are offered the status of “Major” in a specific area of study entering the first year. In order to remain a major, all students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67. Students that fall below the 2.67 will have a limited time (see process below) to bring the average up before losing their status as a major.

Process:

All SCA student GPA levels will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, normally at the end of the Spring semester. A student who falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67 will be notified of their probation status as a major with a limited time to adjust their CA GPA. Students will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and Advisor and plan their academic career for either re-establishing the Major or pursuing an FCAT BA with a double minor program. If the student does not bring the cumulative GPA in CA courses to 2.67 in the allotted time, he/she will be dropped from the major. If the student is in first or second year of study within the major and falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67, the student will have two semesters to bring up their average to 2.67. If the student is in third year of their major, they will have one semester to bring their average to 2.67. Students who lose their status as a major in the SCA will have the option of pursuing the extended minor as part of the double minor BA option in FCAT, or via other options in the university. In extraordinary circumstances, the area coordinator and director of the school will review academic continuance policy cases.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 45 units including

Three core courses below:

CA 149 - Sound (3)

Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Stefan Smulovitz
TBD
CA 186 - Art and the Moving Image (3)

Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well. Students with credit for FPA 186 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Laura Marks
Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
E101 Laura Marks
Mo 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
E102 Laura Marks
Mo 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
E103 Laura Marks
Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
E104 Laura Marks
Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
E105 Laura Marks
Tu 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
E106 Laura Marks
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
E107 Laura Marks
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
E108 Laura Marks
We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
E109 Laura Marks
We 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Miwa Matreyek
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

plus one additional CA history course outside their major*

and all of

CA 122 - Dance Training and Movement Systems I (5)

First of two studio courses in contemporary dance, ballet and other movement techniques. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and minor programs. Prerequisite: Prior approval as a result of an audition. Corequisite: CA 122 and CA 129 must be taken concurrently. Students with credit for FPA 122 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marla Eist
Justine Chambers
Stina Fredriksson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 123 - Dance Training and Movement Systems II (5)

Continues and expands on the work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 122. Emphasizes work in contemporary dance, ballet, and other movement techniques with attention to theoretical approaches to contemporary dance. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 122. Corequisite: CA 123 and CA 124 must be taken concurrently. Students with credit for FPA 123 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 124 - Improvisation Tools and Scores (3)

Movement improvisational skills will be explored in a variety of solo, duet, group forms through structured movement themes and scores. Emphasis will be on sensory awareness, elements of movement, and composition. Recommended: dance or theatre experience. Students with credit for FPA 124 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 127 - History of Dance: From the 20th Century to the Present (3)

Study of the development of modern dance and the reformation of the ballet from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on seminal dance artists and the impact their work has had upon the art form in western theatre dance. This course may be of particular interest to a range of students in departments across the University. Prerequisite: 12 units. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 227 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alana Gerecke
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 129 - Movement Fundamentals (3)

This studio/theory course incorporates techniques of body awareness, centering, and structural realignment. The emphasis is on body conditioning and body connectedness. This course will be of interest to dancers, actors, kinesiologists, and athletes. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and extended minor program. Students with credit for FPA 129 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marla Eist
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 220 - Dance Training and Movement Systems III (4)

A continuation of the work in CA 123, this course focusses on a range of movement forms and approaches to dance studio practice. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 122, 123, 124, 129 and prior approval by interview. Students with credit for FPA 220 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 NiNi Dongnier
Margarida Cardoso Macieira
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4650, GOLDCORP
GCA 4650, GOLDCORP
CA 221 - Dance Training and Movement Systems IV (4)

A continuation of the work in CA 220, this course focusses on a range of movement forms and approaches to dance studio practice. (studio). Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 220. Students with credit for FPA 221 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 228W - Dance Aesthetics (3)

An introduction to aesthetic theory as it applies to dance. Lectures will address, among other things, the nature of aesthetic experience, as well as issues pertaining to critical judgment, communication, taste, and high and low art. Students with credit for FPA 228W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

and three additional units in lower division CA courses outside of dance from below

CA 150 - Introduction to Acting (3)

An approach to the elements of acting for non-theatre performance majors. Work will include development of individual powers of expression - vocal, physical, intellectual, imaginative, and emotional. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Billy Marchenski
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
CA 160 - Introductory Studio in Visual Art I (3)

A hands-on studio course modeled on the progressive development of artistic practice from simple mark-making to full scale installation. Through a process of continuous transformation, an original idea is developed in a sequence of methods, materials and scales. Some research is required. A course materials fee is required. Students with credit for FPA 160 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Claude Boisjoly
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2540, GOLDCORP
D200 Judy Radul
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2540, GOLDCORP
D300 Alex Stursberg
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2540, GOLDCORP
CA 170 - Introduction to Production Technology (3)

An introduction to the processes, tools and technology used in the production and presentation of the fine and performing arts. Course requirements will include hands-on assignments in the production of theatre, dance, and music events. Students will work directly with equipment and materials, and are expected to be involved in work on productions and exhibitions outside of lecture and lab hours. Laboratory fee required. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 170 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyla Gardiner
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
D101 Kyla Gardiner
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D102 Kyla Gardiner
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D103 Kyla Gardiner
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
CA 171 - Introduction to Stage and Production Management (3)

An introduction to the management, and organization of the performing arts. This course will provide a grounding for students who wish to become further involved in the administration of the performing arts and may include practical experience outside of regular seminar hours. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 171 may not take this course for further credit.

* See advisor for course options.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 38 units including all of

CA 320 - Dance Training and Movement Systems V (4)

The first of three upper division courses which build upon the movement vocabulary and practice of contemporary dance. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 221. Students with credit for FPA 320 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stina Fredriksson
Sessional
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 321 - Dance Training and Movement Systems VI (4)

Continues and expands upon the work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 320. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 320. Students with credit for FPA 321 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 324 - Approaches to Composition (3)

Focused on learning different movement based compositional methods used to make new work. Students will apply new compositional ideas, expanding and setting material in space and working with different approaches of music, light and sound. Students will work with peers from production and design and other areas to create specific projects. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 124, 228W, and 285. Students with credit for FPA 324 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robert Kitsos
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP

and 14 units selected from the following**

CA 322 - Intermediate Ballet I (3)

Explores the vocabulary and movement range of classical ballet technique at the intermediate level. Further attention will be given to the understanding of body placement, balance, flexibility and strength. Practical studio experience is offered within the context of specific theoretical principles. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the dance major or extended minor program, or prior approval.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shannon Cuykendall
Tu, Th, Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 323 - Intermediate Ballet II (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 322, with an emphasis on expanding the vocabulary and movement range of classical ballet technique at the intermediate level. Further attention will be given to the understanding of body placement, balance, flexibility and strength. Practical studio experience is offered within the context of specific theoretical principles. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 322 or prior approval.

CA 326 - Repertory I (5) *

One of two courses which provide advanced level dance students the opportunity to work as an ensemble rehearsing and preparing for a series of public performances. Choreography will be created and/or selected by a faculty director. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the dance major or extended minor, and prior approval. Corequisite: Students must be concurrently enrolled in a technique course at an appropriate level. These courses include CA 220, CA 320, CA 322, CA 420, and CA 421.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Justine Chambers
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 327 - Repertory II (5) *

One of two courses which provide advanced level dance students with the opportunity to work as an ensemble rehearsing and preparing for a series of public performances. Choreography will be created and/or selected by a faculty director. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the dance major or extended minor and prior approval. Corequisite: Students must be concurrently enrolled in a technique course at an appropriate level. These courses include 220, 320, 322, 420, and 421.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Justine Chambers
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 420 - Dance Training and Movement Systems VII (4)

The third upper division courses which build upon the movement vocabulary and practice of contemporary dance. Can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 285 and CA (or FPA) 321.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stina Fredriksson
Sessional
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 421 - Choreographic Lab (4)

Continues and expands on strategies undertaken in CA (or FPA) 324. Focused on guest artist or faculty research - this course is a process-oriented laboratory for artistic exploration. Students will engage in artistic research led by the guest or faculty artist and culminate in a showing at the end of the term. Repeatable two times for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 124, 285, 324 and (326 or 327).

CA 424 - Making/Artistic Research (3) *

Students are encouraged to focus their efforts on an individual practice and to develop new work mentored by faculty and guest artists. The research from this course will be carried over to the spring term senior projects in CA 425. Part of the class will focus on documentation and approaches to building personal profiles. This course can be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: CA 324.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 NiNi Dongnier
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4650, GOLDCORP
CA 425 - Intensive Studies in Performance: Senior Projects (4) *

Senior students continue the movement based research initiated in CA 424. An extended final project will be developed, mentored by faculty and guest artists, culminating in a showing or presentation at the end of the semester. Students will have the option of working as a choreographer or performer, and or collaborating with students from other disciplines. Prerequisite: CA 324, 424.

CA 426 - Dance/Movement Analysis (3)

An introduction into the theory and practice of movement analysis based on recognized theories of analysis. Experiential work may be included in the course and a dance or similar movement background is necessary. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 124 or 150 and 285. Students with credit for FPA 426 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 427 - Advanced Ballet I (3)

An extension of classical ballet technique on an upper intermediate level. Understanding of basic principles is assumed and attention will be focused on combinations of movement, musicality and performance. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 323 or prior approval.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shannon Cuykendall
Tu, Th, Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 428 - Advanced Ballet II (3)

An advanced course. Students must have a thorough background in the vocabulary and techniques of classical ballet. Attention will be given to movement sequences from the ballet repertoire. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 427 or prior approval.

and nine upper division CA units including one upper division history or theory course

* May be completed more than once for credit.

** Other dance related courses may be substituted with permission of the school.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.