Associate in Arts Degree Theater Arts Performance

Division: Fine Arts


The Associate in Arts Degree Theater Arts Performance program is designed to prepare the student with a fundamental understanding and acquisition of knowledge in the theater arts discipline with am emphasis on acting and performance.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. cultural diversity and reading requirements, and
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units; and, (5) have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Theater Courses are listed in suggested sequence (6 units):
THEA 100 CIntroduction to the Theater3
THEA 102 CWorld Theater History I3
or THEA 107 C Diversity in American Theater
or THEA 107HC Honors Diversity in American Theater
or THEA 101 C Play Analysis
Select 11-12 units from the following Technique courses according to emphasis:11-12
Acting I3
Musical Theater Techniques I
Dynamic Movement for the Stage2
Voice and Diction
Acting II3
Musical Theater Techniques II
Acting III3
Musical Theater Techniques III
Select 3 units from the following Design courses:3
Introduction to Theater Design3
Lighting Design Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Costume Design
Stage Makeup
Select 2-3 units from the following categories of Theater Courses according to emphasis:2-3
Recommended for all Theater Arts students:
Diversity in American Theater3
Honors Diversity in American Theater
World Theater History I3
Playwriting (formerly Stage and Screenwriting)3
Directing for the Theater3
Recommended for Acting students according to emphasis:
Dynamic Movement for the Stage2
Acting for the Camera2
Voice and Diction3
Acting IV3
Musical Theater Techniques IV3
Recommended for Performance:
Acting Workshop2-3
Musical Theater Performance I2-3
Rehearsal Performance I2-3
Musical Theater Performance II2-3
Rehearsal Performance II2-3
Summer Musical Theater Workshop I1-2
Summer Musical Theater Workshop II1-2
Stage Crew I - Running1-2
Stage Crew II Production Preparation1-2
Stage Crew III Costume and Makeup1-2
Stage Crew IV House Box Office1-2
Musical Theater Performance III2-3
Musical Theater Performance IV2-3
Rehearsal Performance III2-3
Experimental Theater2
Summer Theater Workshop I1-2
Summer Theater Workshop II1-2
Rehearsal Performance IV2-3
Total Units22-24