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CHOREOGRAPHY Contemporary dance theatre

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

 

Major: CHOREOGRAPHY
Contemporary dance theatre

 

Professional qualification awarded: Choreographer-Pedagogue

 

Level of qualification: Educational-and-qualification degree Bachelor       

 

Duration of the programme: 4 years/ 8 semesters

 

Number of credits awarded: 240

      

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

 

Admissions requirements
Completed secondary education. 
Those students who have completed vocational schools and classes of choreography apply for the major with their diploma grades in choreography without taking an entrance examination. The rest take a practical examination. 
The practical examination includes: performance of two dances chosen from the indicated genres: classical dance, Latin-American dance, variety dance, jazz dance, Street Dance, contemporary dance. Duration of the dance: minimum - 1.5 minutes, maximum - 3 minutes.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior studies:    
• the procedure for recognition of credits is based on the submitted documents:
- Diploma of prior studies;
- International diplomas and certificates of proficiency in a foreign language (English - Cambridge FCE, TOEFEL; German - Zertifikat Deutsch, Sprahdiplom, Zweite Stufe; Russian - TРKИ, French - DELF; Spanish - DELE);
- international diplomas and computer skills certificates consistent with the ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence). 
- Certification of knowledge and skills by sitting examinations in: foreign language at the Foreign Language Teaching Department; computer skills at the Department of Informatics; specific knowledge and skills for the professional field of the professional area of Music and Dance Art. Two diploma grades are recognized for candidate students who have graduated from specialized classes and art schools with profiles of Bulgarian Dance or Choreography: Ethnography and Bulgarian Dance, Bulgarian Exercise, Fundamentals of classical dance – Exercise.   
• awarding credits: The Department of Arts awards adequate for the curriculum credits of the major based on the results of the certification of knowledge and skills.

 

Requirements and rules for qualification*
240 credits are required to obtain the educational-and-qualification degree Bachelor and the professional qualification Choreographer-Pedagogue. 182 credits are from compulsory courses, 36 credits – from elective courses, 12 credits – from optional courses and 10 – from a pre-graduation teaching placement and defence of diploma thesis.       

 

Profile of the major
The qualification provides a wide range of theoretical, pedagogical, creative and practical special disciplines that are systemized in compulsory, elective and optional courses. 
The compulsory courses provide knowledge and skills in the field of choreographic composition and directing of contemporary and variety dance, jazz dance and hip hop, Martha Graham style, ethnography, classical dance, music theory disciplines, pedagogical disciplines. The elective and optional courses provide specialized and additional training for students according to their interests - Modern and Jazz Dance, Sports and Ballroom Dance, History Of Art, Classical Dance, Dance Techniques, Language Culture, Bulgarian Dance and Music Folklore, etc. The training includes lectures, self-study, individual work with the lecturer, projects, coursework and diploma thesis, placement in artistic teams, staging work in a training team (academic dance theatre), in professional and amateur groups, participation in expeditions, research.  

 

Key learning outcomes: 
Students obtain knowledge and competences in: 
- Structural and directorial skills to create stage dance works;
- Directing performances and mass events;
- Mastered methods of teaching and creative work with different age groups;
- Ability to carry out research and scientific work; 
- Knowledge of costume;
- Knowledge in the field of musical styles and genres;   
- Ability to work with people (communication skills).

 

ECTS Code

Course

Lectures and seminars

Out-of-class workload

Credits

tuition hours

tuition hours

 

1

3

4

5

6

1

DAN1156

Choreographic composition - Part I

60

120

6

2

MDA1003

Bulgarian Dance Folklore

45

90

4,5

3

INF1020

Informatics

30

60

3

4

 

Foreign Language

60

120

6

6

DAN1164

Hip-hop Technique

45

90

4,5

6

MUS1050

Music Theory and Solfeggio

60

120

6

Total for the 1st semester

300

600

30

1

DAN1156

Choreographic composition Part I

60

120

6

2

INF1020

Informatics

30

60

3

3

 

Foreign Language

60

120

6

5

DAN1165

Sports Techniques in Dance (Acrobatics)

30

60

3

4

DAN1166

Jazz Dance

45

90

4,5

5

DAN1025

Fundamentals of Classical Dance - Exercise

30

60

3

7

SPO1025

Yoga

45

90

4,5

Total for the 2nd semester

300

600

30

 

 

Total for the 1st year

600

1200

60

1

DAN1157

Choreographic Composition Part II

75

150

7,5

2

DAN1167

Martha Graham Style

45

90

4,5

3

DAN1042

Variety Dance

45

90

4,5

4

DAN1025

Fundamentals of Classical Dance - Exercise

30

60

3

7

TFA1015

Pantomime

45

90

4,5

6

TFA1001

Acting

30

60

3

7

DAN1065

Methods of Teaching of Contemporary Dance

30

60

3

Total for the 3rd  semester

300

600

30

1

DAN1157

Choreographic Composition Part II

75

150

7,5

1

DAN1168

Sports Techniques in Dance (Fencing)

30

60

3

2

TFA1001

Acting

30

60

3

4

DAN1065

Methods of Teaching of Contemporary Dance

30

60

3

5

DAN1006

History of Dance

45

90

4,5

6

PSY1026

Psychology (General, Developmental And Pedagogical) 

45

90

4,5

7

DAN1052

Tap-Dance

45

90

4,5

Total for the 4thsemester

300

600

30

 

 

Total for the 2nd year

600

1200

60

1

DAN1158

Choreographic Composition Part III

75

150

7,5

2

SOC1001

Ethnography

60

120

6

3

DAN1027

Musical Dramaturgy

45

90

4,5

4

 

Elective course - 1

120

240

12

5

 

Elective course - 2

Total for the 5thsemester

300

600

30

1

DAN1158

Choreographic Composition Part III

75

150

7,5

2

DAN1004

Historical Dances 

30

60

3

3

MUS1044

Pedagogy (Theory of Upbringing 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 the 6thsemester

300

600

30

 

 

Total for the 3rd year

600

1200

60

1

DAN1159

Choreographic Composition Part IV

75

150

7,5

2

DAN1040

Dances of Nations

45

90

4,5

3

MUS1044

Pedagogy (Theory of upbringing and didactics)

30

60

3

4

MUS1051

Styles of musical art

30

60

3

5

 

Elective course – 5

120

240

12

6

 

Elective course – 6

Total for the 7thsemester

300

600

30

1

DAN1159

Choreographic Composition Part IV 

80

160

8

2

 

Optional course – 1

90

180

9

3

 

Optional course – 2

4

 

Optional course – 3

Total for the 8thsemester

170

340

17

 

 

Total for the 4th year

470

940

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-graduation teaching placement  

 

90

3

 

 


Defence of diploma thesis

 

300

10

Total for the entire course:

2270

4930

240

                  Elective courses

1

TFA1020

Variety Theatre

60

120

6

2

MUS1049

Classical Dance

60

120

6

3

TFA1025

Jazz Theatre

60

120

6

4

DAN1113

Contemporary Dance Theatre

60

120

6

5

DAN1026

Sports and Ballroom Dance

60

120

6

6

MDA1001

Bulgarian Folk Music

60

120

6

7

ART1003

History of Fine Arts

60

120

6

8

MUS1008

Musical Instrument  

60

120

6

9

TFA1003

Staging

60

120

6

                  Optional courses

1

PHI2006

Ethics  

60

120

6

2

DAN1161

Dance Notation 

30

60

3

3

PSY 1010

Language Culture

30

60

3

4

DAN1022

Processing of Music to Dance

30

60

3

5

PHI1004 

Aesthetics 

60

120

6

6

TFA1002

History of Theatre

30

60

3

7

TFA 1066

Makeup and Hairstyles

30

60

3

Foreign Languages

1

FLE1002

Foreign language – English language

120

240

12

FLE1003

Foreign language – English language

120

240

12

FLE1004

Foreign language – English language

120

240

12

FLF1001

Foreign language – French language

120

240

12

FLG1001

Foreign language – German language

120

240

12

FLR1001

Foreign language – Russian language

120

240

12

FLS1002

Foreign language – Spanish language

120

240

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mode of training – full-time; part-time

 

Examination regulationsassessment and grading
The curriculum provides for written and practical examinations. The artistic courses end with project assignments. They are assessed according to the ESTC.
Students finish their studies with defence of diploma thesis: Composition and staging of dance in one of the three forms - plot, themed, plot - themed dance. The dance is performed live or recorded before the State Examination Commission.

 

Optional or compulsory mobility: None

 

Internship: none

 

Apprenticeship programmes: Students are required to undertake a compulsory pre-graduation teaching placement.

 

Professional profile of the graduates:  
Highly qualified specialists are prepared in this major for the following fields:              
- Artistic directors of professional and amateur ensembles, choreographers in professional artistic institutes and ballet-masters in ballet theatres and troupes.
- Teachers in secondary art schools with specialized classes in choreography; at children's and youth schools, community centres, centres for work with children and others. 
- Training of staff to work in the entertainment sector of tourism, variety and show programmes, electronic media and others. 

 

Access to further studies
The graduates can continue their studies in Master's degree programme in Choreography Directing, Performing Arts, Management and Production or other Master’s degree programs.

 

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