Program Emphasis

The Theater Arts program provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in professional and community theater work and to prepare for continued higher education. Major theater productions are offered each year, allowing students to develop practical skills and talents while earning college credit for transfer to universities.

Career Options

Most careers related to theatre require education beyond the associate degree; however, an understanding and mastery of technical theatre skills provides some preparation for work in local community theatre and professional theatre. A partial list of possible career options follows: set designer, model builder, makeup artist, lighting designer, stage manager, scenic artist, set builder, set carpenter, set painter, stage technician, sound technician, prop maker, lighting operator.

Program Learning Outcomes

Your education is grounded in a dynamic relationship to the history of Theatre arts as a craft and an awareness of the conditions of the world around you. In addition, you will be able to work effectively within an ensemble. As a program we encourage each student to present yourself and your personal artistic talents with clarity and confidence.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Effectively practice the theatre arts through involvement in the creation and presentation of public performances in theatre.
  • Develop a structural approach to interpretation of language in dramatic text.
  • Explain and practice basic production processes such as acting, scenic, costume, and makeup design, and technical operation related to production.
  • Identify the historical and cultural dimension of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, actors, directors, and designers.
  • Acquire inter-cultural and multi-cultural understanding, as well as perception of the universal and timeless human conflicts presented in dramatic works.
  • Augment the discipline, cooperation, accountability, and perseverance necessary for positive self-identification and success in life.

Students who complete the program will be able to:

Certificate of Performance: Technical Theatre
This is a certificate in Technical Theatre in which the student will put into practice the skills necessary in scenery construction, scene painting, costume, and makeup in order to pursue a professional career in theatre, film, television, music, and/or dance.

Associate in Arts Degree: Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre
The theatre program offers transfer courses in preparation for university theatre majors as well as fundamental skills in acting and play production useful for employment or for participation in community theatre productions. Student will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.