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School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Dance Honours

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.

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 fine and performing 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 a minimum of 132 units, 24 of which must satisfy the writing, quantitative and breadth (WQB) requirements and 45 units must be in upper division courses.

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
E100 Eldritch Priest
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
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.

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 Cheryl Prophet
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

Plus one additional CA history course outside their major.*

and all of

CA 122 - Contemporary Dance I (5)

First of two studio courses in contemporary dance and ballet technique. Introduces theoretical approaches to contemporary dance. 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.

CA 123 - Contemporary Dance II (5)

Continues and expands on the work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 122. Emphasizes work in contemporary dance and ballet technique 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marla Eist
Henry Daniel
Sessional
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
GCA 4750, GOLDCORP
CA 124 - Dance Improvisation and Composition (3)

Selected dance improvisational skills will be explored in a variety of solo, duet, small group and large group forms through structured movement themes. 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cheryl Prophet
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 4650, 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.

CA 220 - Contemporary Dance III (4)

The first studio course in a series designed for students pursuing a major or extended minor in dance. Emphasizes work in contemporary dance and is designed to develop technical facility in movement and acquaint the student with form and style in contemporary dance. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 122, 123, 124, 129 and prior approval by interview. Students with credit for KIN 244 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 220 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 221 - Contemporary Dance IV (4)

The second studio course in a series designed for students pursuing a major or extended minor in dance. Expands on the work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 220-4 Contemporary Dance III and aims to develop technical facility in movement and acquaint the student with form and style in contemporary dance. (studio). Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 220. Students with credit for FPA 221 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Judith Garay
Stina Fredriksson
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4650, GOLDCORP
GCA 4650, GOLDCORP
CA 227 - 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 credits. Students with credit for FPA 227 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Megan Andrews
Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
E101
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2205, GOLDCORP
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 I (3)

An approach to the elements of acting based on improvisation, with some attention to working from established texts. Focus will be placed on the development of the actor's instrument. The work will include the development of individual powers of expression - vocally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, and emotionally. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alexander Ferguson
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
E200 Tanya Elchuk
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SP 291, Surrey
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.

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
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D103
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D104
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, 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 46 units including all of

CA 320 - Contemporary Dance V (4)

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

CA 321 - Contemporary Dance 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Judith Garay
Robert Kitsos
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 324 - New Dance Composition (3)

Students will be introduced to traditional choreographic structures and explore new directions in composition. Emphasis will be on the creation and analysis of work generated by extending the parameters of source, style and form in contemporary dance. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 124, 228W, 285. Students with credit for FPA 324 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

and one of

CA 420 - Contemporary Dance VII (4)

The third of four upper division courses which build upon the movement vocabulary of contemporary dance. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 285 and CA (or FPA) 321. Students with credit for FPA 420 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 421 - Contemporary Dance VIII (4)

Continues and expands the work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 420. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 285 and 321. Students with credit for FPA 421 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Judith Garay
Robert Kitsos
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
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.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marla Eist
Tu, Th, Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 325 - Special Project in Dance Composition (3) *

A specific topic or set of ideas will form the basis for choreographic exploration. Students will create one or more works and participate in research and critical analysis, depending on the particular topic in a given term. Prerequisite: 40 units in CA (or FPA) courses. Students with credit for FPA 325 may not take this course for further credit.

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.

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.

CA 420 - Contemporary Dance VII (4) +

The third of four upper division courses which build upon the movement vocabulary of contemporary dance. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 285 and CA (or FPA) 321. Students with credit for FPA 420 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 421 - Contemporary Dance VIII (4) +

Continues and expands the work undertaken in CA (or FPA) 420. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 285 and 321. Students with credit for FPA 421 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Judith Garay
Robert Kitsos
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
CA 425 - Intensive Studies in Performance (5) *

Advanced performance studies in intensive specialized workshops and/or participation in choreographic projects culminating in public performance. Course content may include interdisciplinary collaborations and a variety of performance styles and techniques. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 285 and CA (or FPA) 326 or 327 with prior approval by application. Students must also be concurrently enrolled in a dance technique course at the appropriate level. These courses include CA 221, 321, 323, and 421.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
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.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marla Eist
Tu, Th, Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP

and 17 upper division CA units including one upper division history or theory course (placement in courses is based on prerequisites and/or permission of the instructor).

* May be completed more than once for credit.

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

+ May not be completed more than once for credit.

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.