Theatre Arts (Drama) Associate in Arts Degree

PROGRAM CODE: 2A03850

The Theatre Arts (Drama) Associate in Arts Degree is designed to prepare students to acquire basic theatrical knowledge and academic skills to either transfer to a four-year academic institution or lead to employment in the specific areas of theater production as well as related areas in television, film, theme parks, education, and management. Related career opportunities include but are not limited to actor, director, costumer, makeup designer, playwright, drama coach, set designer, scenic artist, sound designer, lighting designer, stage hand, technician, wardrobe, stage manager, production manager, and educator. This degree requires a total of 19-25.5 units.

Required Courses (3 units):
THEA 100 FIntroduction to the Theatre3
or THEA 104 F Introduction to Theatre Appreciation
or THEA 105 F Musical Theatre History
or THEA 108 F Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre
Required Performance Courses (6.5 units):6.5
Beginning Principles of Acting3
Intermediate Principles of Acting 13
NOTE: THEA 181 F requires completion of THEA 180 F with a grade of C or better.
Concurrent enrollment in one of the following courses is required for THEA 180 F.
Introduction to Stage Crew Activity (formerly THEA 149 F)0.5
Beg Stage Crew Activity0.5
Intermediate Stage Crew Activity0.5
Advanced Stage Crew Activity0.5
Required Electives - Production Courses (2-3 units):2-3
Acting Workshop3
Theatre Workshop2
Beginning Theatre Practicum (formerly THEA 133 F)2
Beginning Playwright's Practicum2
Beginning Director's Practicum2
Beginning Musical Theatre Production2
Intermediate Theatre Practicum2
Intermediate Playwright's Practicum2
Intermediate Director's Practicum2
Intermediate Musical Theatre Production2
Restricted Electives - Technical Theatre Courses (3.5-4 units):3.5-4
Introduction to Technical Theatre4
Stagecraft4
Scene Painting3
Introduction to Sound Technology3
Beginning Theatrical Lighting (formerly THEA 144 F)3
Beginning Theatrical Costuming and Design (formerly THEA 145 F)3
Stage Makeup (formerly THEA 147AF)3
Concurrent enrollment in one of the following courses is required for THEA 146 F, THEA 160 F, THEA 170 F, THEA 171 F, THEA 172 F:
Introduction to Stage Crew Activity (formerly THEA 149 F).5
Beg Stage Crew Activity.5
Intermediate Stage Crew Activity.5
Advanced Stage Crew Activity.5
Restricted Electives (4-9 units selected from at least two of the categories below):4-9
Performance courses recommended for actors (1-3 units):
Introduction to Movement and Performance Skills for Musical Theatre1
Beginning Movement and Performance Skills for Musical Theatre1
Intermediate Movement and Performance Skills for Musical Theatre1
Movement for Actors3
Acting Techniques3
Resident Theatre Company1
Touring Theatre Productions: Rehearsal and Performance3
Beginning Musical Theatre Concert Production1
Advanced Principles of Acting II3
Beginning Musical Theatre I (formerly THEA 125 F and THEA 186 F)3
Beginning Musical Theatre II (formerly THEA 138 F and THEA 187 F)3
Introduction to Stage Combat2
Beginning Principles of Stage Combat2
Intermediate Musical Theatre Concert Production1
Intermediate Musical Theatre I (formerly THEA 226 F and THEA 286 F)3
Intermediate Musical Theatre II (formerly THEA 238 F and THEA 287 F)3
Production courses recommended for actors and theatre technicians (2-3 units):
Introduction to Summer Theatre Workshop3
Beginning Summer Theatre Workshop3
Intermediate Summer Theatre Workshop3
Advanced Summer Theatre Workshop3
Experimental Theatre2
Technical Theatre courses recommended for theatre technicians (1-3 units):
Introduction to Advanced Topics in Theatre Technology2-6
Video and Scenic Projection for the Theatre2
Rigging for the Theatre1
Systems Maintenance and Troubleshooting for Theatre2
Introduction to Theatre Crafts Lab (formerly THEA 142 F)1-2
Properties: Design and Construction3
Beginning Theatre Crafts Lab1-2
Sound Reinforcement Techniques2
Sound Design for the Theatre2
Intermediate Theatrical Lighting3
Intermediate Theatrical Costuming3
Intermediate Theatre Crafts Lab1-2
Advanced Theatre Crafts Lab1-2
Theatre Management2
Stage Management3
Theatrical Production Techniques1-3
Theatre Arts Internship2-4
Theatre Arts Independent Study1-3
Recommended for all theatre arts students (2-3 units):
Theatrical City Tours: New York2
Theatrical City Tours: London2
Beginning Principles of Playwriting3
Modern Dramatic Literature3
Improvisation for Television, Film and Theatre2
Oral Interpretation3
Voice for the Actor3
Honors Creative Arts - Theatre3
Acting for the Camera3
Stage Directing3
Total Units19-25.5

Outcome 1: Analyze and appraise the study and the making of theatre.


Outcome 2: Cooperate and participate with others in order to be supportive team players and effective leaders..


Outcome 3: Determine and evaluate personal and career goals.


Outcome 4: Distinguish and relate effective time management, budget management, and production management skills.


Outcome 5: Examine and maintain a balance between creativity and critical judgment.


Outcome 6: Illustrate the confidence and skills to “do it right the first time.”


Outcome 7: Compile and interpret a work ethic that exemplifies “know who you are and do it on purpose.”


Outcome 8: Measure and perform in a “learn by doing” environment.