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 10 Introduction to Theatre 3 units
THEA 40A Beginning Acting 3 units
THEA 70 Mainstage Production Workshop 3 units
  OR  
THEA 21C Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 3 units

List A: Select 3 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 41A Intermediate Acting 3 units
THEA 2A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 18A Introduction to Stage Lighting 3 units
THEA 47A Fundamentals of Costume Design 3 units
THEA 44A Makeup for Stage & Screen 3 units
THEA 11A Survey of Drama: Classical 3 units
THEA 11B Survey of Drama: Modern Realism 3 units
THEA 11C Survey of Drama: Contemporary/ Absurdist 3 units
THEA 45B Stagecraft 3 units

If Not Used in Required Core

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 70 Mainstage Production Workshop 3 units
  OR  
THEA 21C Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 3 units
Total Major Units   18 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC) 37–39 units
Total Degree Units   60 units

CSU transferable elective courses are required when the major units plus transfer GE units total is less than 60.

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: Select 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 in Theatre Arts: Stage Technology

After completing an A.A. degree in Stage Technology, a student will be able to:

  • Apply film and theatre terminology and language
  • Analyze literature
  • Identify production components
  • Demonstrate mechanical production skills
  • 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 (18 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 2A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 10 Introduction to Theatre 3 units
THEA 18A Introduction to Stage Lighting 3 units
THEA 40A Beginning Acting 3 units
THEA 45B Stagecraft 3 units
THEA 47A Fundamentals of Costume Design 3 units

Elective Courses: List A (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 21A Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 1 unit
  AND  
THEA 21B Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 2 units
  OR ONLY  
THEA 21C Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 3 units

Electives Courses: List B (6 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 8A Studio Performance 3 units
THEA 20 Studio Theatre Workshop 3 units
THEA 22A Rehearsal and Performance 1 unit
THEA 22B Rehearsal and Performance 2 units
THEA 22C Rehearsal and Performance 3 units
THEA 30 Playwriting 3 units
THEA 40B Beginning Acting 3 units
THEA 47B Costumes: Stage/Screen 3 units
THEA 70 Mainstage Production Workshop 3 units

Other Recommended Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 14AB Survey of Film 3 units
THEA 15 Film Appreciation 3 units
THEA 19A Movie Magic: Contemporary Special Effects 3 units
THEA 44A Makeup for Stage & Screen 2 units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
INTD 15 Interior Architectural Drafting 3 units
INTD 35A History of Furniture and Interiors 3 units
INTD 20 Color Theory and Application 3 units
Total Major Units   27 units

Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Last Updated 7/11/19