Dance Technology is a vital part of the dance department's teaching and learning, and especially for preparing our students for competitive career advantages. Two primary parts of dance technology at Wayne State University are the Media Center and the Digital Dance Literacy (DDL) curriculum. Unlike most undergraduate programs in dance, the department's innovative approach ties important technology skills and advances to current required coursework in the dance major curriculum. Rather than just one survey course in dance technology, Wayne dancers acquire skills in digital music and sound design, video editing and camera techniques, graphic design, dance production technology, and webpage creation throughout five core courses in the dance major program.
Dance Media Center
In September 2016, the department re-opened its state-of-the-art Theatre and Dance Media Center, which serves as a dedicated computer lab space exclusively for theatre and dance majors' enhanced artistic and educational outcomes. The Media Center provides dance majors with 21 Macintosh computer stations, all installed with the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite Creative Cloud. Students have access to 'industry standard' photo/video/graphic design software, digital video cameras, faculty teaching space with projection options, seminar room, and resource library. Several dance classes are held in this space and dance majors complete assignments, pursue independent creative projects and research, and work on their culminating senior Digital Dance Portfolio in the Media Center.
Download Winter 2018 Media Center Open Lab Schedule here
Digital Dance Literacy
With the opening of the Media Center, a student-centered approach to technology drives the department's innovative Digital Dance Literacy (DDL) curriculum, an award-winning program that integrates technology skills into five core courses in the dance major program. The DDL curriculum allows students to develop and refine advanced technology skills in sound design, music composition, dance on film, website design, technology-assisted choreography and performances approaches, and graphic and promotional design. Empowered with these new skills, WSU dancers illustrate their ability to dance beyond the physical stage and onto the global arena.
Dance majors at Wayne State become fluent with the following advanced multimedia software for research & documentation:
- Adobe Creative Suite:
- Media Encoder
- Microsoft Office:
For Web Design: