Programs

School of Dance

DEPT OF KUCHIPUDI

Master's Degree

Diploma

Certificate

 

Overview:
Master of Arts in dance program, integrates studies in performance, analysis and research. It initiates students to the Indian classical dance Kuchipudi, its origin, values, variations, development and techniques. The program aims to perpetually promote passion and interest pertaining to the theory and practical aspects of the dance form Kuchipudi. It is designed to impart extensive training and assessment for the students. The program seeks to delve into the intricacies of Kuchipudi dance, Indian culture and traditions, and also extends comparison with other Indian Classical dance forms. The program culminates into a transcendental experience that rejuvenates the body and mind into this sublime world of dance.

Duration: Two-year program. (2 semesters in each year)
Required Units: 30 credits units.
Required Courses: 6 core mandatory and 4 electives.

Eligibility Criteria 


Admission Prerequisites:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an approved or accredited institution is required
  • Practical dance experience of at least 6 years

Core Courses:

GKD 501: Indian Classical Dances. 

GKD 502: Kinesthetic and Psychic component of Indian dance with Special Reference to Kuchipudi. 

GKD 503: Complexities and Execution of Rhythm. 

GKD 504: Contribution of Litterateurs to Kuchipudi.  

GKD 505: Textual Traditions of Dance in India.

GKD 506: Master’s Thesis. 

Electives:

GKD 601: Hindu Philosophy. 

GKD 602: Yoga – Theory and Practice. 

GKD 603: Aaharyaabhinaya (Expression through costume and stage décor). 

GKD 604: Introduction to Telugu Language.

GKD 605: Practice of Kuchipudi Dance as a Solo and Theatre form. 

Evaluation: 

The evaluation has 3 components- Final exams, Mid-term exams, and assignments.
Students will be awarded a degree in Master of Arts in Kuchipudi dance, on their successful completion of all the required courses, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher based on the evaluation weightage across the various methods/metrics.

Tuition Fees:

  • $9,000 to complete all the 30 credit units in the Master of Arts program.

Course Outline:

 

Overview:

This program seeks to instill both practical and theoretical knowledge in Kuchipudi dance repertoire. Students will learn complex movement phrases in different rhythmic measures, to gain expertise and proficiency to perform challenging aspects in Kuchipudi dance.

Duration: One year (spread over 2 semesters)
Required Units: 15 credit units
Required Courses: Total of 5 courses (4 core Courses and 1 elective)

Eligibility Criteria

Admission Prerequisites:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required
  • Practical dance experience of at least 2 years

Core Courses:

DKD 301: History, Origin and development of Kuchipudi dance 

DKD 302: Theatre art forms of Kuchipudi Dance

DKD 303: Practical aspects of Kuchipudi Dance

DKD 304: An overview of Dance Treatise: Nritya Ratnavali, Natyasastra and Abhinaya Darpanam

Electives:

DKD 401: Dance as a Therapy 

DKD 402: Tala aspects of Kuchipudi Dance form 

Evaluation:

A student enrolled in the Diploma program is evaluated using the following methods/metrics:  

  • Written Exam at the end of each course
  • Program Final Exam at the completion of all courses. The final exam will be a combination of written exam and a practical exam.
  • Assignments: Students have to complete assignments in each course before taking the course exam
  • Quizzes: Students have to complete quizzes in each course before taking the course exam

Students will be awarded the diploma after they earn an overall combined GPA of 3.0 based on the evaluation weightage across the various methods/metrics.

Tuition Fees:

  • $5,400 to complete all the 15 credit units in the Diploma program.

Course Outline:

 

 

Overview:

The main objective of the Certificate Program is to initiate students to the sublime art form, the Indian classical dance Kuchipudi. This program will cover the fundamentals of dance, both in theoretical and practical ways, that create and develop awareness and appreciation for the Kuchipudi dance form.

Duration: 2 semesters.
Required Units: 9 credit units .
Required Courses: Total of 3 courses (2 core mandatory and 1 elective).

Eligibility Criteria 

Admission Prerequisites:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required
  • Practical dance experience of atleast 2 years

Core Courses:

CKD 101: Glimpses of Indian Dance Treatises on Nrutya and Natya. 

CKD 102: Practical Dance: This consists of The Adavus (the fundamental foot work patterns), the Jathis (The Footwork patterns based on Rhythm) and one classical item (Vinayaka Kovuthvam). 

Electives:

CKD 201: The evolution and various forms of Indian Dance. 

CKD 202: The spiritual background of Indian Dance. 

CKD 203: Study of the Relationship between Nature and Dance.

Evaluation:

A student enrolled in the certificate program is evaluated using the following methods/metrics:  

  • Course Exam: Some courses will have a written exam and a practical performance demonstration at the end of each course.
  • Assignments: Students have to complete assignments in each course before taking the course exam 
  • Quizzes: Students have to complete quizzes in each course before taking the course exam

Students will be awarded a Certificate in Kuchipudi on their successful completion of all the required courses, with an overall combined GPA of 3.0, based on the evaluation weightage across the various methods/metrics.

TUITION FEES:

  • $2,700 to complete all the 9 credit units in the Certificate program.

Course Outline:

School of Music

DEPT OF CARNATIC MUSIC

Master's Degree

Diploma

Certificate

Overview

Master of Arts in Carnatic Music provide a comprehensive and incremental approach to the theoretical language of music, supported by finer nuance to practical performance. Theoretical musical knowledge enhances and supports the student’s practical studies. At the end of this program students are well equipped in all aspects that are important in the study of Carnatic music to take on higher educational and creative opportunities.

Duration: Two-year program. (2 semesters in each year)
Required Units: 30 credit units
Required Courses: 10 core mandatory

Eligibility Criteria 

Admission Prerequisites:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an approved or accredited institution is required
  • Practical music experience of at least 6 years

Core Courses:

GCM 501: Musicology-1.  

GCM 502: Ragam- Tanam-Pallavi. 

GCM 503: Improvisational aspects of compositions and Devotional music. 

GCM 504: Allied ragas and vivadi raga compositions, Ragamalikas, Varnams. 

GCM 505: Compositions of Tyagaraja. 

GCM 506: Musicology-2. 

GCM 507: Compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Syama Sastry.

GCM 508: Concert (Performance).

GCM 509: Musicology-3. 

GCM 510: Thesis. 

Evaluation:

The evaluation has 3 components- Final exams, Mid-term exams, and assignments. Students will be awarded a degree in Master of Arts in Carnatic Music, on their successful completion of all the required courses, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher based on the evaluation weightages across the various methods/metrics.

 

Tuition Fees:

  • $9,000 to complete all the 30 credit units in the Master of Arts program.

Course Outline:

 

 

Overview:

This Diploma program seeks to instill detailed learning of both practical and theoretical application to understand the musicology around which the Carnatic music revolves. This course enables the students to understand classical music with all its essentialities.

Duration: One year (2 semesters)
Required Units: 15 credit units
Required Courses: Total of 5 courses

Eligibility Criteria

Admission Prerequisites:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required
  • Practical music experience of at least 4 years

Core Courses:

DCM 301: Advanced Theory – 1

DCM 302: Advanced Theory – 2

DCM 303: Manodharma sangitam (Creative ability)

DCM 304: Different Musical Compositions

DCM 305: Ghana raga Pancharatnas

Evaluation:

A student enrolled in the diploma program is evaluated using the following methods/metrics:  

  • Course Written Exam at the end of each course
  • Program Final Exam at the completion of all courses: The final exam will be a combination of written exam and a practical performance exam
  • Assignments: Students have to complete assignments in each course before taking the course exam
  • Quizzes: Students have to complete quizzes in each course before taking the course exam

Students will be awarded the diploma after they earn a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

 

Tuition Fees:

$5,400 to complete all the 15 credit units in the Diploma program.

Course Outline:

 

 

 

Overview

The main objective of the Certificate Program is to initiate students to the sublime art form, the Indian Carnatic Music. This program is designed to cover the fundamentals of music both in theoretical and practical ways, that create and develop the love and interest for Carnatic Music.

Duration: 2 semesters
Required Units: 9 credit units
Required Courses: Total of 3 courses

Eligibility Criteria 

Admission Prerequisites:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required
  • Practical music experience of atleast 3 years

Core Courses:

CCM 101: Basic and Textual Theory. 

CCM 102: Musical Compositions- 1. 

CCM 103: Musical Compositions- 2.

Evaluation:

A student enrolled in this program is evaluated using the following methods/metrics:  

  • Course Written Exam at the end of each course
  • Program Final Exam at the completion of all courses together: This final exam will be a combination of a written exam and a practical performance demonstration exam
  • Assignments: Students have to complete assignments in each course before taking the course exam
  • Quizzes: Students have to complete quizzes in each course before taking the course exam

Students will be awarded the certificate after they earn an overall combined GPA of 3.0 based on the evaluation weightages across the various methods/metrics.

Tuition Fees:

  • $2,700 to complete all the 9 credit units in the Certificate program.

Course Outline