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Performing Arts

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Theater Performance

Performing Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts Department on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus includes dance, film, music, and theatre.  

Many courses fulfill the arts distribution (ARTD) requirement.  There are arts appreciation courses in the areas of dance, film, and music.  Performance arts courses are available in the areas of dance, film, music, and theatre. Filmmaking is a major emphasis in the department with a Film Certificate available in the near future. 


Performing Arts produces two to three theatre productions per year and is responsible for the Arts Alive Concert Series in the Cultural Arts Center, which is the home of the department. The Cultural Arts Center has two theatres, the Main Theatre, which is a 500-seat proscenium stage, and the Studio Theatre, which is a 116-seat modified thrust theatre.  Specialty classrooms include a large, glass walled dance studio and a 16-station piano lab.

Cultural Arts Center

2015–2016 Productions

Waiting for Lefty–November 2015
Almost Blue–February 2016
The Firebugs–April 2016


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 Courses Offered 

Film Courses

Film PhotoThe film courses focus on fictional narrative filmmaking.  All hands on courses utilize digital movie making cameras and editing equipment.

  • FILM 110: Introduction to Film
  • FILM 120: History of International Film to 1950
  • FILM 210: Screenwriting
  • FILM 220: Basic Movie Production
  • FILM 230: Movie Making Independent Study: Editing
  • FILM 240: Movie Making Independent Study: Production

A Film Certificate will be available soon.  

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American Film Institute Partnership
Performing Arts hosts professional training workshops on the East Coast for the American Film Institute.  In winter, spring, and summer, a series of workshops are held at the college in various areas of film production.  Working professionals conduct a series of five to seven workshops each year.  In addition to these workshops, a six-film screening series is held each semester at AFI Silver Theatre in conjunction with film classes taught by the department.

Courses that fulfill MC's arts distribution requirement 

  • General CoursesDANC 100:  Introduction to Dance
  • FILM 110: Introduction to Film
  • MUSC 110:  Listening to Music
  • MUSC 117:  World Music
  • MUSC 125:  History of Jazz
  • MUSC 131:  American Popular Music
  • THET 100:  Introduction to Theatre
  • THET 110:  Fundamentals of Acting

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    Performing Arts Appreciation Courses 



    • DANC 100: Introduction to Dance
    • FILM 110: Introduction to Film
    • MUSC 110: Listening to Music
    • MUSC 117: World Music
    • MUSC 125: History of Jazz
    • MUSC 131: American Popular Music
    • MUSC 184: Introduction to Music Theory

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    Performance Courses


    • THET 110: Fundamentals of Acting
    • THET 225: Acting for Film and Television


    • DANC 101: Ballet I
    • DANC 103: Modern Dance I
    • DANC 105: Jazz Dance I


    • MUSC 138: Class Guitar I
    • MUSC 141: Class Piano I
    • MUSC 142: Class Piano II

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