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Performing Arts, A.S.

Make the World Your Stage

Bring your talent for artistic performance to the next level: Earn a Performing Arts degree from DCC.


credits to earn your degree


advanced elective credits in your specialty area


to work right away or transfer to a conservatory or bachelor's program

What You'll Study in Our Performing Arts Program

In DCC's Performing Arts program, you'll learn what to expect when pursuing your passion for the arts. Whether you're an actor, dancer, musician or coveted triple threat, DCC sets the stage for your future.

At DCC, you'll participate in a fully integrated live performance in a public venue. By program's end, you'll be armed with a repertoire of audition pieces as you embark on the next step toward your career.

You'll hone your craft in the heart of the Hudson Valley, home to dozens of theaters, venues and studios. We're also just a Metro North train ride away from Broadway and the city's countless celebrated concert halls.


Sample Courses

PFA 100: Performing Arts Introductory Seminar
An introduction to the field of performing arts, with guidance in making decisions leading to success

MUS 201: Performance/Applied Music Intensive
Weekly individual instrumental or vocal lessons in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, and modern

THE 161: Theatre Practicum I
Experience the creation of a live performance of a professional play from start to finish


Where Do Performing Arts Grads Go?

Contact Us

Performing, Visual Arts, and Communications

Dr. Thomas B. Costello, Department Chair
Bonnie Foote, Senior Program Assistant

Phone: (845) 431-8610

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601