Duration: One Year (2 semesters per year)

Required Hours: 255 Hours
Required Units: A total of 5 courses (4 core mandatory and 1 electives)
This program does not require internship or externship.

Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • Practical dance experience of at least 4 years, which will be determined by University Faculty screening or assessment.

Core Courses

  • DBN 301: History, Origin & Development of Sadir to Bharatanatyam – 3 credit units
  • DBN 302: Nayaka and Nayika – 3 credit units
  • DBN 303: Practical Dance- 3 credit units
  • DBN 304: Bhakthi Movement and It’s Influence on Bharatanatyam – 3 credit units

Elective Courses

  • DBN 401: Folk Dance forms of Tamilnadu – 3 credit units
  • DBN 402: An Overview of the Dasarupakas, Nirupanas and Bhagavatamelas – 3 credit units


A student enrolled in the certificate program is evaluated using the following methods/metrics:

  • Final exam at the end of each course
  • Midterm exam at the mid-point of the course
  • Assignment
  • Quizzes

Students will be awarded the diploma after they earn an overall combined GPA of 2.0 based on the evaluation weightages across the various methods/metrics.

Tuition Fee

Estimated Program Costs: $6,000.00 including Tuition fee of $5,400.00, Application Fee, Books, Registration Fees, etc.

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