Programs

 

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:

Courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Units
DKD 301 History, Origin & development of Kuchipudi dance 3 Units
DKD 302 Theatre art forms of Kuchipudi Dance 3 Units
DKD 303 Practical aspects of Kuchipudi Dance 4 Units
DKD 304 An overview of Dance Treatise: NrttaRatnavali, NatyaSastra and AbhinayaDarpanam 3 Units

Electives:

Course Code Course Name Credit Units
DKD 401 Dance as a Therapy 2 Units
DKD 402 Musical aspects of Kuchipudi Dance 3 Units

 

 

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:

Core Subject:

Course Code Course Name Credits Units
CKD 101 Glimpses of Indian Dance Treatises on Nrutya and Natya 3 Units
CKD 102 Practical Dance: This consists of The Adavus, (the fundamental foot work patterns), The Jatis (The Footwork patterns based on Rhythm and One number of Classical item i.e. Vinayaka Kowthvam.) 3 Units

Electives:

Course Code Course Name Credit Units
CKD 201 The evolution and various forms of Indian Dance. 3 Units
CKD 202 The spiritual background of Indian Dance 3 Units
CKD 203 Study of the Relationship between Nature and Dance 1 Unit