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Performing Arts Profile

So what’s next for you? A career on the stage or behind the mic? Working behind the scenes on the business side of the entertainment world? Owning a studio or teaching future performers?

At Dean College the future is what you make it. And we give students the tools they need to make that future a reality. From rigorous academics and conservatory-level training to unmatched support, Dean has a remarkable track record of taking students who have a passion for the arts wherever they want to go. Dean offers bachelor’sand associate degrees in dance and theatre, as well as a bachelor’s in arts and entertainment management and an associate degree in media studies and communications.

The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance
Bachelor and Associate of Arts in Dance
The prestigious School of Dance at Dean College is an ideal environment to study and develop a broad range of techniques. The teaching philosophy is built on a long-standing tradition of the pursuit of dance in its pure form, connecting these aesthetic and cultural forms of dance to the overall interdisciplinary studies of sciences, humanities, social science, business, natural sciences, and dance studies. Advantages of the dance curriculum include:
• Conservatory-level technical training in all major forms, including jazz, tap, modern, and ballet, with opportunities to purse specialized training in areas such as hip-hop and pointe
• Program tracks based on your professional goals, from performance/choreography to teaching to studio management to general dance studies
• Multiple performance and choreography opportunities each year
• Regular schedule of master classes and guest artists
• Opportunity to double-major or minor

In addition to their course work, students also have the opportunity to audition for and be a part of many exciting on-campus productions, including the highly recognized Dean Dance Company. Students have an added option that is available to only a few select colleges: a nationally credited independent study at the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City.

The dance degree leads to preparation for careers in performing, teaching, dance history, choreography, directing, dance medicine, dance journalism, and arts and entertainment management. Dean graduates can be found throughout the dance world: on Broadway; in music videos; in stage shows, including Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal Tour; and as professional choreographers, teachers, and studio owners. Learn more at

The Dean College School of the Arts
The School of the Arts at Dean College provides performing and visual artists multiple opportunities to pursue their passions through degree programs in theatre, arts and entertainment management, and media studies and communications.
Bachelor and Associate of Arts in Theatre
Theatre students at Dean are exposed to the full breadth and depth of the theatrical world through studies in both theatre and musical theatre. Students pursue course work ranging from acting, voice, and movement to design, technical production, stage management, and directing. As a result, Dean graduates are uniquely prepared to enter the theatrical world as exceptionally trained practitioners and artists able to successfully tackle the demands of the competitive entertainment industry. Advantages of the theatre curriculum include:
• Multiple performance opportunities
throughout the year through a full season of productions ranging from classical to comedy to contemporary to musical
• First-class venues, including a 200-seat off-Broadway-style theatre and a flexible black box
• Vocal, dance, and movement training in addition to rigorous acting studies
• Full scenic design and costume shops
• Esteemed faculty with experience
in the professional theatre world as well as teaching experience at schools like Emerson and Yale

Dean graduates work regularly in the entertainment industry on and off Broadway and in feature films on stage, on screen, and behind the scenes.

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Entertainment Management
Talented arts and entertainment professionals are part of the synergy
that creates and presents new art, benefits audiences around the world, brings life to communities, and assures a solid foundation for arts and entertainment organizations to succeed. Students who major in arts and entertainment management have a passion for the arts, a focus on the creative artist and audience, and a strong commitment to helping arts and entertainment organizations fulfill their missions.

People with degrees in arts and entertainment management work as business managers, event producers, fundraisers, promoters, and advocates. They provide arts and entertainment outreach to schools and communities. Basically, they make the arts happen. Upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree in arts and entertainment management, students will be able to:
• Identify, analyze, and interpret for-profit and not-for-profit arts management theories and practice by applying a series of problem-solving and decision-making techniques
• Articulate how arts organizations implement the functions of plan- ning, organizing, leading, staffing, and controlling
• Identify legal and ethical issues and responsibilities found in an arts management environment
• Identify, interpret, and analyze accounting and financial manage- ment information through a series of arts management for-profit and not-for-profit case scenarios
• Understand and apply cultural marketing and fundraising principles
• Apply statistical tools and methods to analyze practical business and economic problems in the for-profit and not-for-profit arts management environments

Associate of Arts in Media Studies and Communications
Today’s media world is highly complex and requires professionals with a broad understanding of television, radio, public relations, Web, and digital media. The media studies and communications major at Dean College delivers in all areas. Students at Dean get hands-on experience from day one, working in our state-of-the-art Digital Media Center or on the air on Arbitron-rated, professionally formatted Power 88 Radio, broadcasting from the Dean College campus. Students receive comprehensive training in video and audio editing, presentation, production, and more. Upon completion of the associate degree, Dean graduates transfer to some of the top communications programs in the country or stay at Dean to pursue bachelor’s degree study. Our graduates can be found on air and behind the scenes of TV and radio stations all across the country. Learn more at

So, after you decide which degree to pursue, the only question is, how far do you want to go? Live your dream. Discover “The Dean Difference.”