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Category: College of Fine Arts and Production
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By Lily Cooper
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dance is a language of its own and has the power to connect people all over the world. While going further with your dancing career at university is fantastic, there are numerous experiences to try that will help mold you as a dancer. One of these being studying abroad for a brief period in the summertime.

While one could do an entire semester abroad, a summer stint in another country is relatively more inexpensive, shorter and won’t derail your current graduation plans, while still giving you the experience of a lifetime.

Check out these top four reasons that every dancer should study abroad during the summer at least once.

1. See the World

Studying abroad is the perfect chance for you to see the world in a new way. If you haven’t been out of the country before, then this is the perfect opportunity to spend a little time looking at what is out there. On top of that, you also get to see how different parts of the world view education and utilize it. As a dancer, this can be especially rewarding because it will stretch your abilities and teach you unique and diverse routines.

2. Make New Connections

Connections can be made wherever you go and it isn’t just limited to the United States. When you study abroad, you have the chance to meet all kinds of people from all over the world. These connections can come in handy when you graduate and go out into the workforce and can benefit you in the long run for future opportunities. Not to mention you can make many new friends from all over the world.

3. Challenge Yourself

What is more challenging than studying for a little while in a new country? You never truly know how far you can go until you push yourself. Studying dance abroad will mold your character and grant you the tools to handle the world once you graduate. Being able to acclimate yourself in a new area will be a major skill that employers will be looking out for.

4. Life Experience

How amazing would it be to say you studied dance in the heart of Italy? Or in London? Or in Paris? The possibilities are unlimited and will give you more than just an entry in your journal.

Studying abroad will immerse you into a different culture and show you how others learn around the world. You will learn novel approaches to your art and gain exposure to new forms and styles of dance.

How Can I Study Abroad?

Grand Canyon University offers various ways to study abroad. You can go to the study abroad page or contact the office at 855-GCU-LOPE.

If you want to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s dance program within the College of Fine Arts and Production, check out our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The internet is a powerful place and anything posted online can be seen by anyone. That’s why it is important for artists to establish themselves on social media. According to Career Builder, “70 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.” On the other side of the coin, “57 percent have found content on social media that caused them not to hire candidates.”

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Fine Arts and Production

When you think of a dancer’s next steps after high school graduation, a lot of people may think that the obvious choice is to go to either New York or Los Angeles to audition and join a company. It’s what all the television shows dictate when any character who’s interested in the arts graduates. However, what about going to college and getting a degree?

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Are you an aspiring writer or filmmaker? Do you love to live life behind the camera? If so, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production might be just for you.

The university’s BA in film production degree program gives students a strong foundation for storytelling and offers many opportunities to receive hands-on experience where they can use what they learned in real life.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you see the variety of color, graphics, typography and images on packages in the grocery store? Do you get intrigued at the thoughts behind the Superbowl advertising commercials? Do you have a wardrobe of t-shirts with cool graphics on them? Are you always creative? If so, Graphic Design and Advertising may be the right degree for you.

Check out all you need to know about getting a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Graphic Design below!

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Meet Steve Fitch! He is a composer, author, percussionist, timpanist, educator and drummer and is known for the breadth of his abilities. In his youth, he marched in Drum Corps International (DCI) finals and placed sixth in the DCI snare drum individuals’ competition. Getting off the drum corps bus at Oberlin, Ohio, Steve earned his Bachelor’s of Music in percussion performance studying with Michael Rosen at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music. There he was the first percussionist ever to win the Oberlin Senior Concerto Competition.

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Meet Scott Zimmer! As a saxophonist and woodwind player, he has performed and recorded in a variety of musical styles ranging from commercial to jazz to classical. Dr. Zimmer maintains a busy performance schedule with a variety of Phoenix, Arizona-based groups such as Jiggle, The Hamptons Band, The Santan Swing Band and The Cal Tjader Project, along with guest performances with The Noodles, The Great Gig in the Sky and various other musical projects.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you enjoy the storytelling process of writing and yearn to write the next big TV show or movie? Do you more than just watch TV? Do you analyze the lines and movements of the actors? If so, Screenwriting may be your path. Screenwriting can be a fun and entertaining job if you have the love for it. Check out these skills every screenwriter should have by the time they write their first screenplay:

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Meet Tim Haas! He has been the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Grand Canyon University since 2012. At Grand Canton University, he runs the GCU Clarinet Studio, coordinates recruiting events and plays Principal Clarinet in the Canyon Symphony Orchestra. Tim has been a featured soloist with the GCU Wind Ensemble and the GCU Thunder Big Band on several occasions and has performed on several GCU Faculty Recitals. He has also taught courses in chamber music and music education.

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It is no secret that Grand Canyon University’s Fine Arts and Production College is talented and offers high-quality learning for its students. One can view the diverse skills at a showcase or production on campus. Did you know, however, about Alpha Psi Omega?

What is Alpha Psi Omega?

Alpha Psi Omega originated in the early twentieth century when interest in the dramatic arts grew on college campuses across the country. In 1921, at Fairmount State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, a college was started and they hired a faculty director in 1923 before forming the Masquers.

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When putting on a show, it takes more than just a cast to make it happen. The most important people are behind the curtains, handling costumes, lights, setting up props and more. Without them, the show wouldn’t go on and be as flawless as it is.

We asked a few students in the College of Fine Arts and Production what actually happens behind the scenes. Check them out below:

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