Catalog and Student Handbook 2010-2011 
    Jul 22, 2018  
Catalog and Student Handbook 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Commercial Entertainment (Technical Certificate)

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(Designed for the student who does not intend to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.)

This program is especially designed for students who want to enter the entertainment field as a performer (singer/dancer) and provides a balanced approach to the skills needed to seek employment in this field. Placement in dance classes will be through audition. Courses in the Commercial Entertainment certificate program may be applied toward the Commercial Entertainment associate degree program.

Commercial Entertainment Program Admissions Requirements

(A.A., A.S. and Certificates listed below)
Program applicants are selected twice a year for fall and spring semesters. Students interested in applying to the Commercial Entertainment Program should follow the procedures listed below:

  1. All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the College and apply for admission as stated in the College catalog.
  2. Complete a Request for Admission to Commercial Entertainment Program form before the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to enroll in the program.
    1. Forms are available in the Commercial Entertainment office at the Williamson County Center of Columbia State Community College. Prospective students may call (615) 790-4420 to request that the form be received through the mail.
    2. Health Requirements
      1. Students must be physically able to participate in dance, drama, and singing.
      2. Prior to taking stagecraft classes, it is recommended that students have a Tetanus booster if it has been more than five years since their last booster.
  3. Commercial Entertainment students must exhibit proficiency in at least one of three areas: dance, drama, or singing. Upon receipt of the Request for Admission form, the program director will contact the student to set an appointment for an audition. Audition appointments will not be scheduled until a completed Request for Admission form is received. Due to limited enrollment, early applicants will receive first audition appointment options.
    1. Appointments for in-person auditions may be scheduled any time before the official registration day for the beginning of the semester. This audition may be recorded by the program director to be used to confer with faculty in the Commercial Entertainment program.
    2. An applicant may elect to submit a prerecorded audition on CD/DVD. The deadline for submission of prerecorded auditions is August 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester.
  4. The audition should showcase the applicant’s skill in at least one of the following areas: dance, drama, and/or singing. The following table shows the requirements of the audition for each skill area. 

                Requirements for Audition
    Skill Area    Timeframe       Performance 

    Dance 1-1.5 minutes Choreographed routine exhibiting proficiency in jazz, tap, or ballet. • Dance attire required for the dance audition. • Musical accompaniment on CD required. Drama 1 minute each Two contrasting monologues. • Do not bring props to the audition. Voice 1-2 minutes Pop, country, jazz, or musical theatre selection. • Musical accompaniment on CD required.
  5. The number of applicants admitted is determined by space available. Criteria for admissions are an acceptable level of proficiency in one or more of the three skill areas as determined by the program director. The program director will notify all students in writing concerning the disposition of their application within thirty days of their audition.
  6. All students that are admitted into the program are required to attend an orientation from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. on the first day of classes for the semester. The orientation is held in the dance studio at the Williamson County Center. All Commercial Entertainment classes scheduled in conflict with this required orientation will not meet on this day.

    A placement audition will be required during the orientation session for the voice and dance students. The purpose of this audition is to determine placement in groups within courses based on skill level. Vocal students should have a thirty second prepared selection with musical accompaniment on CD for this placement audition. Dancers are required to bring dance attire to the orientation for the placement audition.

Total Required Core Courses: 18

Total Songwriting Option: 9

Performance Option

 Dance Elective Credits: (2)

Total Performance Option: 9

Total Credit Hours: 27

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