At Daytona State College you have the opportunity to experience a comprehensive learning environment. Courses are offered in the performing and studio arts and the general education curriculum including the cultural and aesthetic core area. Additional participation in one of our bands or choirs, or drama and dance productions will also help enhance your educational experience while adding to the cultural fabric of our community.
The program's success is rooted in an experienced and respected professional faculty who are active at the College and in the community. At Daytona State College, we strive to help prepare you to reach your educational, professional and personal goals by providing quality educational programs, state-of-the-art facilities and personalized attention.
Please see a schedule of performing arts for the season at Daytona State College.
The curriculum of study in dance focuses on
technique with supporting courses in theory, history
and composition. Technique classes in ballet, modern,
jazz, tap and music theater dance provide students
with a wide range of options.
If you are interested in gaining performance
experience, auditions are held each semester for
the Dance Theatre of Daytona State College. This
is a modern-based company that may also perform
jazz and ballet. Two performances are produced
each academic year, and participation in musical
productions at several other venues, on and off
campus, provides additional preparation.
An award-winning Drama program will give you
the chance to be actively involved in the study of
theater. Throughout the semester, you will work with
professional faculty on two major productions. Each
spring the department produces a fully staged musical
featuring students from the music, dance and drama
areas. An array of stagecraft classes also are offered,
covering the technical aspects of theater production.
In this all-inclusive program, you will learn about
building sets, lighting, sound, costumes and makeup.
The Studio Arts are an essential corner stone in developing well-rounded and innovative individuals for both art and non-art majors alike. Students learn the specifics of studio art mediums in a hands-on program designed to develop their creative skills while fostering a theoretical and historical understanding. Studio arts include the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, airbrush and design. The fundamental building blocks of all studio art courses instill skills in: divergent thinking, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Whether you are looking to major in music or simply
want to take part in a fulfilling elective, this program
has quality courses and experienced faculty to help
you achieve your goals. A wide-ranging curriculum
includes music theory, music appreciation and
applied music lessons for most instruments and voice.
You may choose to study wind, brass, percussion and
string instruments as part of your general education
elective credits. A professional instrumental music
faculty, drawn from some of the finest musicians
in Central Florida, bring with them expertise
in symphonic, jazz and popular styles. Diverse
performance offerings include the College/Community
Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Steel
Drum Ensemble and a host of chamber ensembles.
A well-rounded choral/vocal program features
ensembles and private instruction. The Concert Choir
performs a variety of concerts each year, including
the popular Medieval Yuletide Feast and a major
concert in collaboration with the colleges orchestra.
The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble provides an
excellent training ground for work on musical theater
techniques. Skills such as movement, character and
dynamic singing are developed within the course.
This program of study focuses on the technical
aspects of audio recording and sound reinforcement.
You will work with award-winning faculty and highprofile
guest speakers with decades of professional
experience to hone your creative skills. Hands-on
instruction is provided in state-of-the-art recording
facilities and a professional performing arts center.
A number of classes are offered covering the various
aspects of music production, including:
- Recording Technology and Techniques
- Audio Mixing
Audio for Video
If your interests lie in music recording, you may
choose to focus on Recording Technology. If you are
interested in concert sound, live performance and
tour production, you may choose to focus on Sound
Reinforcement. You also may choose to study the
more general aspects of both.
AA Transfer Program
Daytona State Colleges AA degree transfer program
is as easy as 2+2. Complete your AA degree at
Daytona State College, then enter the BAS program
at Daytona State or transfer as a junior to another
college or four-year university. While at Daytona State
College, you will take the same courses you would
take if you were a freshman or sophomore at a university.
You plan your program of study around the major
or career you want to pursue and the upper division
university you want to attend.
Daytona State College offers a bachelor of applied
science degree program to those who have earned
an associate of arts (AA) degree, an associate of science
(AS) degree or an associate of applied science
(AAS) degree. Those with AA degrees are required
to complete a total of 18 credits in an occupational/
technical area (e.g., accounting technology, computer
science, business, etc.) with a grade of C or better
in each course. These courses are in lieu of the additional
core general education requirements needed by
the AA/AS/AAS graduate.
A Guarantee for Your Future
Not many things in life are a sure thing; however, if
you earn your AA degree at Daytona State College
you are guaranteed admission as a junior to a Florida
public university, as well as some of the states best
private colleges and universities. Youll be able to
apply your AA degree toward a variety of programs
including math, pre-professional, business, political
science, communications, education, the arts and
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