A graduate certificate or diploma (the terms are used interchangeably in North America) in dance denotes specialization in a sub-field or discipline of dance gained through intensive graduate-level study. As such, it supplements an already established area of expertise (in dance or not related to the field) and adds value to a previously earned Bachelor's or graduate degree. Delivered in various formats from residential to online, graduate certificates in dance comprise 4 - 6 courses (typically 12 - 18 credit hours) taken in a prescribed sequence at the graduate level.
The concurrent graduate certificate or diploma in dance allows students currently enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree program in the field to pursue an in-depth exploration of one aspect of their field. For example, a student working towards a Master's in Dance with a specialization in Performance Dance may take the Graduate Certificate in The Art and Teaching of Ballet to augment their expertise.
The stand-alone, direct-entry graduate certificate/diploma program in dance provides an opportunity for graduate-level study of theory and research to students who are not interested in pursuing a full graduate degree. This could include professionals with a Bachelor's degree working in the field or anyone who does not have the time or interest in a traditional graduate program in dance. Then too, some students who take the stand-alone certificate already have a graduate degree and use their certificate to augment a particular area of interest.
A selection, but not inclusive list, of graduate certificates/diplomas in dance includes
Graduate Certificate in the Art and Teaching of Ballet
Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (Dance and Movement)
Graduate Certificate in Dance and Movement Therapy
Graduate Certificate in Dance in Community
Graduate Certificate in Dance in Healing
Graduate Certificate in Dance Science
Graduate Certificate in Dance Studies
Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis
Professional Training Certificate in Dance
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