Degree Plan


SEMESTER-BY-SEMESTER PROGRAM PLAN FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS

Students should check the ACC Course Catalog for Skills Requirements prior to registration.

Semester I CR Advising Notes
EDUC-1300 Learning Framework: Effective Strategies for College Success OR
SPCH-1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
3 Note EDUC-1300: All first-time Austin Community College (ACC) students with fewer than 12 SCH of successful college credit must take the EDUC 1300 course in their first semester at ACC. All other students may select either EDUC 1300 or SPCH 1311.
ENGL-1301 English Composition I 3
MATH-1314 College Algebra OR
MATH-1324 Mathematics for Business and Economics OR
MATH-1332 Contemporary Mathematics
3
DANC-1241 Beginning Ballet OR
DANC-2241 Intermediate Ballet
2 Prerequisite(s) for DANC-2241: DANC 1241 or equivalent experience.
DANC-1245 Beginning Modern Dance 2
DANC-2289 Academic Cooperative in Dance Production 2
15 Set up advising meeting with the dance department chair.
Semester II
ENGL-1302 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301 or equivalent with minimum grade of C.
HIST-1301 United States History I 3
DANC-2303 Dance Appreciation 3
DANC-1247 Beginning Jazz Dance OR
DANC-2247 Intermediate Jazz Dance
2

Prerequisite(s) DANC-2247: DANC 1247 or equivalent experience.

DANC-1201 Dance Composition – Improvisation 2
DANC-1151 Freshman Dance Performance 1
14 Set up advising meeting with the dance department chair.
Semester III
HIST-1302 United States History II 3
GOVT-2305 United States Government 3
BIOL-1309 Life on Earth OR
BIOL-2306 The Living Planet
3
DANC-2151 Sophomore Dance Performance 1
DANC-1305 World Dance 3
DANC-1301 Dance Composition – Choreography 3 Prerequisite(s): DANC 1201 or equivalent experience.
16 Set up advising meeting with the dance department chair.
Semester IV

GOVT-2306 Texas State and Local Government 3
PHIL-1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
ANTH-2351 Cultural Anthropology OR
PSYC-2301 Introduction to Psychology OR
SOCI-1301 Introduction to Sociology
3

ENVR-1301 Introduction to Environmental Science OR
GEOG-1301 Introduction to Physical Geography OR
GEOL-1305 Environmental Geology
3

DANC-1112 Dance Practicum OR
DANC-2389 Academic Cooperative in Dance
1-3 Option depends on whether teaching or performing is more relevant for student.
DANC-2245 Intermediate Modern Dance 2 Prerequisite(s): DANC 1245 or equivalent experience.
15-17 Contact the Graduation Office to apply for graduation!
Total Program Hours: 60-62

Refer to catalog.austincc.edu/course-descriptions for more information on courses in this program plan.

Transfer Information

The Associate of Arts degree in Dance is designed to allow students to complete the first two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree in dance. Students are strongly encouraged to select a transfer destination by the time they have completed 24 semester credit hours.

Advice for students planning to transfer:

1. Contact the department chair for an advising session as soon as you decide where you want to go & make sure you are on track.

2. Take additional dance technique classes to brush up on your audition skills! To avoid using financial aid on extra classes, enroll “not for credit” here: continue.austincc.edu. These classes are less expensive than private studio classes.

Common majors students pursue at a four-year institution include: Dance, Dance Performance and Choreography, Dance Teacher Certification (grades 6-12), Dance Science, Theater and Dance – Dance Emphasis, Performance Studies, and Musical Theater

Transfer Guides: The universities listed here do not constitute an ACC endorsement. Transfer course evaluations and determination of what courses will count toward a bachelor’s degree are made by the receiving transfer institution.  

The University of Texas at Austin: https://admissions.utexas.edu/apply/transfer-resources/acc-transfer-guides

Texas State University: https://www.admissions.txstate.edu/future-students/transfer/tpg.html

Texas A&M University: https://admissions.tamu.edu/transfer/majors

Texas Tech University: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/advising/twoyearplan.php

Texas Woman’s University: https://twu.edu/undergraduate-studies/transfer-resources/texas-community-college-transfer-guides/

Stephen F. Austin University: https://ssb.sfasu.edu/sg/wf_cc_planning_guide.p_2_year_planning_guide

Sam Houston State University: http://www.shsu.edu/admissions/transfer/joint-admissions/austin/

The University of Houston: http://www.uh.edu/admissions/apply/apply-transfer/by-major/

Reverse Transfer: If you transfer to a four-year institution prior to graduating from ACC, you can still earn your associate degree through reverse transfer. More information on the reverse transfer process and requirements can be found at www.austincc.edu/students/transfer-services/reverse-transfer.

Additional Transfer Resources: ACC’s transfer website provides information on additional colleges & universities: http://www.austincc.edu/transferguides. Students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor, area of study advisor, and/or their chosen transfer institution to ensure courses taken at ACC will apply toward their bachelor's degree program.

Career Information

Common Job Titles

ACC dance students are work toward careers in many fields. Below is an abbreviated list including salary and other information.

Regional Labor Market Information

Dancer: New workers generally start around $20,241. Normal pay for Dancers is $22,872 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $57,018 in this region. There are currently 258 Dancers that are employed in Austin-Round Rock, TX.


Source: https://austincc.emsicc.com/careers/dancer

Choreographer: New workers generally start around $25,341. Normal pay for Choreographers is $49,230 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $87,883 in this region. There are currently 73 Choreographers that are employed in Austin-Round Rock, TX. Source: https://austincc.emsicc.com/careers/choreographer

Producer: New workers generally start around $25,122. Normal pay for Producers is $50,134 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $113,084. Over the last year, 41 companies have posted 299 jobs for Producers. There are currently 1,652 Producers that are employed in Austin-Round Rock, TX.  Source: https://austincc.emsicc.com/careers/producer

Technical Directors/Manager: New workers generally start around $25,122. Normal pay for Technical Directors/Managers is $50,134 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $113,084. Over the last year, 17 companies have posted 52 jobs for Technical Directors/Managers. There are currently 1,652 Technical Directors/Managers that are employed in Austin-Round Rock, TX. Source: https://austincc.emsicc.com/careers/technical-director-manager

Set and Exhibit Designer: New workers generally start around $31,118. Normal pay for Set and Exhibit Designers is $41,173 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $55,373. There are currently 73 Set and Exhibit Designers that are employed in Austin-Round Rock, TX. Source: https://austincc.emsicc.com/careers/set-and-exhibit-designer

Other job titles a dance major may work toward: Artistic Director, Costume Designer, Dance Critic, Dance Educator, Dance Historian, Dance Scholar, Lighting Designer, Performance Artist, Pilates Instructor, Production Manager, Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager, Stage Technician, Yoga Instructor

Career and labor market research tools (see Quick Reference Guide at http://www.austincc.edu/career): EMSI: https://austincc.emsicc.com/, Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/, O*NET: https://www.onetonline.org/

Career Resources: ACC’s career services website provides information on career exploration and employment at http://www.austincc.edu/career. Students are encouraged to consult with their area of study advisor for additional career assistance. The above information is provided as a guide and reference tool for occupations related to this program. This is not a guarantee of job placement in any of these occupations after successful completion of an ACC program. The common job titles listed are representative titles and are provided for career research. These are not the only occupations possible in this area of study.