1. Develop the ability to think critically and work creatively across disciplines
2. Develop the body as an articulate vehicle for expression
3. Become critical readers of complex texts
4. Develop research and analytical skills
5. Learn and practice effective strategies for working both independently and collaboratively
6. Develop artistic literacy
7. Develop the ability to communicate clearly, coherently, and effectively in written and oral expression
8. Cultivate the ability to make informed ethical judgments
9. Acquire knowledge of diverse cultural traditions and global perspectives
Descriptions of learning goals specific to Theater and Dance (numbers 1 and 2 on the list):
1. Develop the ability to think critically and work creatively across disciplines:
The ability to originate material, whether it is a written text like a play or a critical essay, or a body-based text like a dance, is central to the development of an artist. In order to create a new work, students must combine research and analysis across disciplines with the creative process.
2. Develop the body as an articulate vehicle for expression:
Live performance in theater and dance is mediated through the body. Performing artists and those who create and critique performance work must understand how the body is trained and how it is used to create both the specificity of character and the abstract nature of images.