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CHOREOGRAPHY Bulgarian Folk Dances

FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTMENT OF ARTS
PROFESSIONAL AREA: MUSICAL AND DANCE ART

 

Major: CHOREOGRAPHY 
Bulgarian Folk Dances

 

Professional qualification: Choreographer and Pedagogue

 

Level of qualification: Educational-and-qualification Degree “Bachelor” 

Duration of programme: 4 years / 8 semesters

 

Number of credits: 240

 

Field of study (ISCED-F): 0210: Arts, not further defined

 

Admission requirements
Secondary education diploma;

 

Graduates who come from professional schools and Choreography classes apply without sitting an entrance exam since their grades in Choreography are recognized. All the other applicants sit a practical examination in Bulgarian folk dances. 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning
First option: 
Recognition of credits based on the documents presented:
- A transcript of records or diploma from previous education;
- International diplomas and certificates in a foreign language (Cambridge FCE, TOEFEL for English; Zertifikat Deutsch, Sprahdiplom, Zweite Stufe for German; ТРКИ for Russian; DELF for French; DELE for Spanish);
- International diplomas and certificates in computer skills corresponding to ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence).
Second option: 
Certification of knowledge and skills based on successfully passing:
- A foreign language exam at the Department of Foreign Languages;
- A computer skills exam at the Department of Informatics;
- An exam covering specific knowledge and skills in the professional field of Music and Dance Art.
If graduates come from classes or schools of art and have a diploma in Bulgarian Dances or Choreography, two of the grades from their secondary education diploma will be recognized: Ethnography and Bulgarian Dances, Bulgarian Folklore Dance Exercise, Fundamentals of Classic Dance (Exercise).
• Recognition of credits:
The Department of Art awards credits, according to the curriculum of the major, based on the certificates.

Requirements and rules for qualification
In order to be awarded the qualification Bachelor with the professional qualification Choreographer and Pedagogue 240 credits are necessary, 182 credits come from compulsory courses, 36 credits from elective, 12 credits from optional courses and 10 from pre-graduation pedagogical practice and diploma work. 

 

Profile of the programme
The qualification course features a broad range of theoretical, pedagogical, creative and practical disciplines, systematized as compulsory, elective and optional courses.
Compulsory courses develop knowledge and skills in the field of choreographic composition and direction of variety show dances, Bulgarian folk dance and music, ethnography, classic dance, pedagogical and theoretical music courses. Elective modules and optional courses provide specialized further training depending on students’ interests: Modern and Jazz Dance, Dancesport, History of Fine Arts, Classic Dance, Dance Techniques, Linguistic Competence, etc. Training includes lectures, independent work, and individual work with a lecturer, project assignments, diploma work, internships, staging work as a part of an academic team (student ensemble), professional or amateur groups, as well as participation in expeditions and field work.

 

Key learning outcomes:
Students master knowledge and skills in:
- composing and directing with regard to producing dance and stage shows;
- directing shows and mass events;
- doing pedagogical and creative work with different age groups;
- doing research and scientific work;
- traditional costumes;
- traditional folk music;
- working with people (communicative skills).

 

No

ECTS code

Course

Lectures and seminars

Out-of-class workload

credits

classes

classes

1

 

2

3

4

6

1

DAN1156

Choreographic Composition part 1

60

120

6

2

MDA1003

Bulgarian Folk Dances - part 1

45

90

4,5

3

INF 1020

Informatics

30

60

3

4

 

Foreign language

60

120

6

5

DAN1160

Theory of the Structure of Movements in Bulgarian Folk Dances

45

90

4,5

6

MUS1050

Theory of Music and Solfege

60

120

6

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

DAN1156

Choreographic Composition part 1

60

120

6

2

MDA1004

Bulgarian Folk Dances - part 2

30

60

3

3

INF1020

Informatics

30

60

3

4

 

Foreign language

60

120

6

5

DAN1022

Dance Music Arrangement

30

60

3

6

MDA1002

Bulgarian Exercise

30

60

3

7

DAN1037

Arrangement of Bulgarian Folk Dances

30

60

3

8

MDA1013

Folklore Expeditions

30

60

3

Total for semester II

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year I

600

1200

60

1

DAN1157

Choreographic Composition part 2

75

150

7,5

2

MDA1004

Bulgarian Folk Dances - part 2

30

60

3

3

DAN1022

Dance Music Arrangement

45

90

4,5

4

DAN1005

History and Types of Hora Dances

30

60

3

5

MDA1002

Bulgarian Exercise

30

60

3

6

DAN1037

Arrangement of Bulgarian Folk Dances

30

60

3

7

MDA1013

Folklore Expeditions

30

60

3

8

DAN1019

Bulgarian Folk Dances Teaching Methods

30

60

3

Total for semester III

300

600

30

1

DAN1157

Choreographic Composition part 2

75

150

7,5

2

DAN1005

History and Types of Hora Dances

30

60

3

3

DAN1019

Bulgarian Folk Dances Teaching Methods

45

90

4,5

4

DAN1006

History of Dance

30

60

3

5

MDA1001

Bulgarian Folk Music

45

90

4,5

6

PSY1026

Psychology (general, developmental and pedagogical)

45

90

4,5

7

TFA1015

Pantomime

30

60

3

Total for semester IV

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year II

600

1200

60

1

DAN1158

Choreographic Composition part 3

75

150

7,5

2

SOC1001

Ethnography

60

120

6

3

DAN1027

Music Dramaturgy

45

90

4,5

4

 

Elective course - 1

120

240

12

5

 

Elective course - 2

Total for semesterV

300

600

30

1

DAN1158

Choreographic Composition part 3

75

150

7,5

2

DAN1161

Dance Notation

30

60

3

3

MUS1044

Pedagogy (Theory of Education and Didactics)

30

60

3

4

MED1044

Psychophysiology of Physical Activity

45

90

4,5

5

 

Elective course - 3

120

240

12

6

 

Elective course - 4

Total for semester VI

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year III

600

1200

60

4

DAN1159

Choreographic Composition part 4

75

150

7,5

1

DAN1161

Dance Notation

45

90

4,5

2

MUS1044

Pedagogy (Theory of Education and Didactics)

30

60

3

3

DAN1163

National Poetry in Folk Music and Dance

30

60

3

5

 

Elective course - 5

120

240

12

6

 

Elective course - 6

Total for semesterVII

300

600

30

1

DAN1159

Choreographic Composition part 4

80

160

8

2

 

Optional course - 1

90

180

9

3

 

Optional course - 2

4

 

Optional course - 3

Total for semesterVIII

170

340

17

 

 

Total for year IV

470

940

47

 

       

 

 

 

Pre-graduation pedagogical practice

0

90

3

 

 


Defense of Diploma work

0

300

10

Total for the entire course of training:

2270

4930

240

                  Elective courses

1

DAN1025

Fundamentals of Classic Dance - Exercise

60

120

6

2

MUS1049

Classic Dances

60

120

6

3

TFA1001

Acting

60

120

6

4

DAN1040

National Dances

60

120

6

5

TFA1003

Stage Setting

60

120

6

6

ART1003

History of Fine Arts

60

120

6

7

MUS1008

Musical Instrument

60

120

6

8

PHI1004

Aesthetics

60

120

6

9

MUS1051

Music Styles

60

120

6

                  Optional courses

1

DAN1026

Dancesport

30

60

3

2

DAN1004

Historical Dances

30

60

3

3

DAN1052

Tap Dance

30

60

3

4

DAN1020

Jazz Dance

30

60

3

5

DAN1113

Contemporary Dance Theatre 

30

60

3

6

PHI2006

Ethics

60

120

6

7

TFA1066

Make-up and Hairdos

30

60

3

8

TFA1002

History of Theatre

30

60

3

Foreign language

1

FLE 1002

Foreign language - English

120

240

12

FLE 1003

Foreign language - English

120

240

12

FLE 1004

Foreign language - English

120

240

12

FLF 1001

Foreign language - French

120

240

12

FLG 1001

Foreign language - German

120

240

12

FLR 1001

Foreign language - Russian

120

240

12

FLS 1002

Foreign language - Spanish

120

240

12

 

Mode of trainingfull-time/ part-time

 

Examination regulationsassessment and grading:
The curriculum features written and practical exams. Creative courses end with project assignments. Assessment and grading follows the ESCT system. 
Students complete their training with defense of diploma work: Composition and staging of a dance in one of the three forms - dance story, thematic dance and thematic dance story. The dance show is performed live or recorded and played as a video at the State Examination Committee.

 

Optional or compulsory mobility: None

 

Internship: None

 

Apprenticeship programmesStudents do compulsory pre-graduation pedagogical practice

 

Professional profile of the graduates:
The programme trains highly qualified specialists in the following areas: 

Artistic directors of professional and amateur ensembles, choreographers in professional institutes and ballet masters in ballet theatres and troupes.
- Teachers in secondary art schools with specialized classes in choreography in children's and youth schools, community centers, centers working with children, etc.
- Training staff to work in the entertainment sector of tourism, electronic media, etc.

 

Access to further studies
Graduates can enter the Master’s degree programmes Choreographic Direction, Stage Arts, Management and Creative Producing or in other Master’s degree programmes. 

 

Programme Director:
Head of the Department 
Assoc. Prof. Kapka Manasieva, PhD
Reception day: Tuesday, room А 110, from 10:00 to 12:00 
phone numbers: + 359 52 359 642      
e-mail: mti@vfu.bg