Performing Arts Certificate

Program overview

The performing arts certificate is designed to provide you with an additional set of marketable skills. You develop knowledge of standard theatrical operating procedures as well as principles and practices of theater accessibility for deaf people, allowing you to work in professional, regional and community theater. The certificate also provides a solid foundation for both deaf and hearing students who wish to pursue further education in film, video, theater and related forms of performing arts.

The certificate includes knowledge of theater terminology, practices and protocols; issues in script analysis; ASL translation and accessibility; and experience in performance and technical theater. You take Theatre Practicum I (NHSS-248), then select three additional courses in areas such as stagecraft, acting, scenic and lighting technology and scenic painting and props, to name a few. Candidates for this certificate must complete or have already completed an undergraduate program at RIT/NTID.


Performing arts certificate, typical course sequence

NHSS-248 Theatre Practicum I 1 Credit

Choose three of the following courses: 3 credits per class for total of 9

  • NHSS-120 Introduction to Performing Arts
  • NHSS-122 Introduction to Stagecraft
  • NHSS-130 Acting I
  • NHSS-132 Sign Mime, Creative Movement, and Visual Theatre
  • NHSS-134 Dance I: Jazz and Hip-Hop
  • NHSS-223 Scenic and Lighting Technology
  • NHSS-224 Scenic Painting and Props
  • NHSS-225 Costume, Mask, and Stage Make-Up
  • NHSS-231 Acting II
  • NHSS-235 Dance II: Modern Dance and Ballet
  • NHSS-240 Theatre History Through Deaf Eyes
  • NHSS-249 Seminar in Performing Arts

Total Semester Credit Hours — 10

For More Information

Aaron Kelstone, Program Director
(585) 286-1659, Email