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.
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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 college’s 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
- Studio Maintenance
- Audio Processing
- Acoustic Design
- Sound Reinforcement
- 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 College’s 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 state’s best private colleges and universities. You’ll be able to apply your AA degree toward a variety of programs including math, pre-professional, business, political science, communications, education, the arts and many more.
For more information visit The Arts website.