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Theatre Arts Degrees

Associate of Arts Transfer Degree in Theatre Arts

The Associate of Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer degree (AA-T in Theater Arts) is a 60 unit program which is designed to provide lower division education to students planning to transfer to a CSU institution in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Theatre Arts or Drama. Students who complete this program will be able to apply film and theatre terminology and language; analyze literature; identify production components; distinguish film and theatre styles and historical periods; demonstrate collaboration and team-building skills; creatively solve problems; demonstrate communication skills; create and demonstrate informed and personal artistic choices in coursework and productions.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Courses (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 010/H Introduction to Theatre or Honors 3 units
THEA 040A Acting One  3 units

Select course from list below (3 units maximum)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 070A Mainstage Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 070B Mainstage Production Workshop: Modern & Contemporary 3 units
THEA 070C Mainstage Production Workshop: Classical Greek and European 3 units
THEA 070D Mainstage Production Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units
THEA 020A Studio Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 020B Studio Theater Production Workshop: Modern/Contemporary 3 units
THEA 020C Studio Theater Production Workshop: Classical Greek & European 3 units
THEA 020D Studio Theater Production Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units
THEA 021A Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) I 1 units
  AND  
THEA 021B Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) Il 2 units

List A: Select three courses from below (9 units)

Any course from Required Courses not already used.

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 040B Acting Two 3 units
THEA 002A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 018A Introduction to Stage Lighting 3 units
THEA 047A Fundamentals of Costume Design 3 units
THEA 044A Makeup for Stage & Screen 3 units
THEA 011A Script Analysis: Classical 3 units
THEA 011B Script Analysis: Modern Realism 3 units
THEA 011C Script Analysis: Contemporary/Absurdist 3 units
THEA 045 Stagecraft 3 units

Select one (3 units maximum)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 070A Mainstage Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 070B Mainstage Production Workshop: Modern & Contemporary 3 units
THEA 070C Mainstage Production Workshop: Classical Greek and European 3 units
THEA 070D Mainstage Production Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units
THEA 020A Studio Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 020B Studio Theater Production Workshop: Modern/Contemporary 3 units
THEA 020C Studio Theater Production Workshop: Classical Greek & European 3 units
THEA 020D Studio Theater Production Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units
THEA 021A Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) I 1 units
  AND  
THEA 021B Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) II 2 units

Major Requirements: 18 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 or 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts: Acting

The Associate of Arts in Theatre Arts Acting Emphasis is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in acting or theatre arts or work as professional actors. It covers theatrical, television, and improvisational styles in both the classroom and on the live stage.

After completing an A.A. degree in Theatre Arts Acting Emphasis, a student will be able to:

  • Apply film and theatre terminology and language
  • Analyze literature
  • Identify production components
  • Distinguish film and theatre styles and historical periods
  • Demonstrate collaboration and team-building skills
  • Creatively solve problems
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Create and demonstrate informed and personal artistic choices in coursework and productions

Required Core Courses (21 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 2A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 7A Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 10 Theatre Appreciation 3 units
THEA 35A Voice Production/Articulation 3 units
THEA 40A Acting One 3 units
THEA 40B Acting Two 3 units
THEA 40C Acting Three 3 units

List A (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 20A Studio Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 20B Studio Theater Production Workshop: Modern/Contemporary 3 units
THEA 20C Studio Theater Production Workshop: Classical Greek & European 3 units
THEA 20D Studio Theater Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units
THEA 70A Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: American Representationa 3 units
THEA 70B Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Modern & Contemporary 3 units
THEA 70C Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Classical Greek and European 3 units
THEA 70D Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units

List B: Select 1 unit

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 21A Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) I 1 unit
THEA 22A Practical Theater (Costume & Makeup) I 1 unit

List C: Select 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
KINS 11.01 Yoga for Health 1 unit
KINS 3.01 Ballet - Beginning Level 1 1 unit
KINS 3.02 Ballet - Beginning Level 2 1 unit
KINS 3.12 Jazz Dance - Beginning Level 2 1 unit
THEA 6A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7B Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 12 Survey of Musical Theatre 3 units
THEA 15 Introduction to Film Studies 3 units
THEA 21B Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 2 units
THEA 22B Rehearsal and Performance 2 units
THEA 26A Improvisation 2 units
THEA 33A Stage Movement 2 units
THEA 33B Stage Combat 3 units
THEA 44A Makeup for Stage & Screen 3 units
THEA 47A Mainstage Production Workshop 3 units
Total Major Units   28 units

Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

To be awarded an A.A. Degree, a student must complete:

  • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  • Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts: Film Studies

The Associate of Arts in Film studies is designed to prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in film studies or film/video production. It covers a broad base of film and theatre fundamentals in both lecture and production-style learning environments.

After completing an A.A. degree in Film Studies, a student will be able to:

  • Apply film and theatre terminology and language
  • Identify production components
  • Distinguish film and theatre styles and historical periods
  • Demonstrate mechanical production skills
  • Demonstrate communication skills

Required Core Courses (21 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 5A Introduction to Film/Video Production 3 units
THEA 6A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7A Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 14A Survey of Film: Horror and Science Fiction 3 units
THEA 14B Survey of Film: Westerns and Musicals 3 units
THEA 14C Survey of Film: Gangster and Detective 3 units
THEA 15 Introduction to Film Studies 3 units

Elective Courses: List A (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 10 Introduction to Theatre 3 units
THEA 11A Script Analysis: Classica 3 units
THEA 11B Script Analysis: Modern Realism 3 units
THEA 11C Script Analysis: Contemporary/Absurdist 3 units
THEA 12 Survey of Musical Theatre 3 units
THEA 19A Movie Magic: Contemporary Special Effects 3 units

Elective Courses: List B (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
ENGL 41 Literature and Film 3 units
THEA 2A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 5B Film/Video Production II 3 units
THEA 6B Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7B Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 20D Studio Theater Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units
THEA 22A Practical Theater (Costume & Makeup) I 1 unit
THEA 22B Rehearsal and Performance 2 units
THEA 40B Acting Two 3 units
THEA 44A Makeup for Stage & Screen 3 units
THEA 70A Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 70B Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Modern & Contemporary 3 units
THEA 70C Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Classical Greek and European 3 units
THEA 70D Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Musical and Children’s Theater 3 units

Other Recommended Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
INTD 15 Interior Architectural Drafting 3 units
INTD 20 Color Theory and Application 3 units
INTD 35A History of Furniture and Interiors 3 units
THEA 14A Survey of Film: Horror and Science Fiction 3 units
THEA 14B Survey of Film: Westerns and Musicals 3 units
THEA 14C Survey of Film: Gangster and Detective Films 3 units
THEA 15 Introduction to Film Studies 3 units
Total Major Units   27 units

Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

To be awarded an A.A. Degree, a student must complete:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Fall, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 10 Introduction to Theatre 3 units
THEA 5A Introduction to Filmmaking 3 units
THEA 15 Introduction to Film Studies 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 6A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7A Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 14A Survey of Film: Horror and Science Fiction 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 14B Survey of Film: Westerns and Musicals 3 units
THEA 44A Makeup for Stage & Screen 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 14C Survey of Film: Gangster and Detective Films 3 units

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Film, Television, and Electronic Media

The Associate in Arts in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a four year institution for the major in Radio-Television-Film, Television-Film, Television, Video, Film, and Electronic Arts.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • analyze cinema as a literary form and cinema as entertainment by comparing film genres and cinematic techniques
  • demonstrate both the technical and aesthetic aspects of film and digital cinema production and demonstrate knowledge of basic production techniques;
  • prepare and develop a short treatment and screenplay for a narrative film; demonstrate an understanding of audio used in studio and on-location production for radio, television and film;
  • create and edit a short film which requires the organization of a work schedule, an analysis of raw footage, and a digital editing plan; and demonstrate knowledge of Film/TV production best practices, professional behavior and accountability.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the units for the major with a grade of C or better
  2. Completion of either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum or California State University General Education-Breadth Requirement
  3. Completion of a maximum of 60 units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better

Required Courses (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 006A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 015 Introduction to Film Studies 3 units

List A (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 065A Recording Arts I 3 units
THEA 005A Introduction to Film/Video Production 3 units

List B (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 005B Film/Video Production II 3 units

List C (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 007A Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 007B Acting for Film and Television II 3 units
THEA 014A Survey of Film: Horror and Science Fiction 3 units
THEA 014B Survey of Film: Westerns and Musicals 3 units
THEA 014C Survey of Film: Gangster and Detective Films 3 units
THEA 014D Survey of Film: Superhero Cinema 3 units
THEA 014E Survey of Film: The Star Wars Trilogies 3 units
THEA 019A Visual Spectacle: Practical Effects and Motion Graphics for Cinema 3 units
THEA 016 American Cinema 3 units
THEA 004 Digital Video Editing 3 units

Total Major Units: 18 units

GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC): 39 or 37 units

Total Degree Units: 60 units

Fall, Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 006A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 015 Introduction to Film Studies 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 005A Introduction to Film/Video Production
Any Course from List C 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 065A Recording Arts I 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 005B Film/Video Production II 3 units

Certificate of Achievement in Musical Theater

Required Courses (16 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 011A Script Analysis: Classical 3 units
THEA 12 Survey of Musical Theater 3 units
THEA 21A Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) I 1 unit
THEA 22A Practical Theater (Costume & Makeup) I 1 unit
THEA 35A Voice Production and Articulation 3 units
THEA 40A Acting One 3 units
THEA 40B Acting Two 3 units
THEA 70A Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 70D Mainstage Theater Production Workshop: Musical and Children's Theater 3 units
MUSC 20A Musicianship Level 1 1 unit
MUSC 20B Musicianship Level 2 1 unit
MUSC 70 Music Business 3 units
MUSC 39G Music Business 1 unit

Elective Courses List A (Select 3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 3A Music Theory Level 1 3 units
MUSC 5 Fundamentals of Music 3 units

Elective Courses List B (Select 1 unit)

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 30A Beginning Piano, Level 1 1 unit
MUSC 30B Beginning Piano, Level 2 1 unit
MUSC 31A Intermediate Piano Level 3 1 unit
MUSC 31B Intermediate Piano Level 4 1 unit

Elective Courses List C (Select 1 unit)

Course Number Course Title Units
MUSC 32A Beginning Voice, Level 1 1 unit
MUSC 32B Beginning Voice, Level 2 1 unit
MUSC 33A Intermediate Voice, Level 3 1 unit
MUSC 33B Intermediate Voice, Level 4 1 unit

Elective Courses List D (Select 1 unit)

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 1 Ballet: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 2 Ballet: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 3 Ballet: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 4 Ballet: Advanced Level 4 1 unit

Elective Courses List E (Select 1 unit)

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 31 Tap for Musical Theatre: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 32 Tap for Musical Theatre: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 33 Tap for Musical Theatre: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 34 Tap for Musical Theatre: Advanced 1 unit

Elective Courses List F (Select 1 unit)

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 11 Jazz Dance: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 12 Jazz Dance: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 13 Jazz Dance: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 14 Jazz Dance: Advanced 1 unit
DANC 21 Modern Dance: Beginning Level 1 1 unit
DANC 22 Modern Dance: Beginning Level 2 1 unit
DANC 23 Modern Dance: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 24 Modern Dance: Advanced 1 unit

Elective Courses List G (Select 1 unit)

Course Number Course Title Units
DANC 3 Ballet: Intermediate units
DANC 4 Ballet: Advanced Level 4 1 unit
DANC 13 Jazz Dance: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 14 Jazz Dance: Advanced 1 unit
DANC 23 Modern Dance: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 24 Modern Dance: Advanced 1 unit
DANC 33 Tap for Musical Theatre: Intermediate 1 unit
DANC 34 Tap for Musical Theatre: Advanced 1 unit

Certificate of Achievement in Entertainment Design & Technology: Performance Technology

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 002A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 018A Introduction to Stage Lighting 3 units
THEA 018A Stagecraft 3 units
THEA 021A Practical Theater (Scene & Stage) I 1 unit
MUSC 064 Sound Design 3 units

Electives (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 020A Studio Theater Production Workshop: American Representational 3 units
THEA 020B Studio Theater Production Workshop: Modern/Contemporary 3 units
THEA 020C Studio Theater Production Workshop: Classical Greek & European 3 units
THEA 020D Studio Theater Workshop: Musical and Children's Theater 3 units
Last Updated 4/26/21