Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Theater major to achieve an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer (AA-T in Theater) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. The study of theater combines a critical study of theater with experiential practice in one or more of its component parts. Students explore the various areas of theater to build a foundation for future creative work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division course work in Theater or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements.

Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746–66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. The completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the Theater field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

To earn an AA-T in Theater students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in the Theater major with a minimum grade of “C”;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable course work; and
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core
THEA 100 CIntroduction to the Theater3
or THEA 102 C World Theater History I
THEA 120 CActing I3
THEA 132 CMusical Theater Performance I3
or THEA 133 C Rehearsal Performance I
List A
Select three of the following: 19
Play Analysis3
Acting II3
Introduction to Theater Design3
Lighting Design Fundamentals3
Fundamentals of Costume Design3
Stage Makeup3
Select Option A or B: 1
Option A
Musical Theater Performance I 12-3
Rehearsal Performance I
Option B: Select up to 3 units of the following: 1
Stage Crew I - Running1-2
Stage Crew II Production Preparation1-2
Stage Crew III Costume/Makeup1-2
Stage Crew IV House-Box Office1-2
Total Units18