Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree

The Associate in 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 in Arts Degree in Theatre Arts: Acting

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 Beginning Acting 3 units
THEA 40B Beginning Acting 3 units
THEA 41A Intermediate Acting 3 units

List A: Select 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 18A Introduction to Stage Lighting 3 units
THEA 47A Fundamentals of Costume Design 3 units

List B: Select 1 unit

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 21A Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 1 unit
THEA 22A Rehearsal and Performance 1 unit

List C: Select 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 1 Intro to Media Arts 3 units
THEA 6A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7B Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 15 Film Appreciation 3 units
THEA 20 Studio Theatre Workshop 3 units
THEA 21B Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 2 units
THEA 21C Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 3 units
THEA 22B Rehearsal and Performance 2 units
THEA 22C Rehearsal and Performance 3 units
THEA 26A Improvisation 2 units
THEA 26B Improvisation 2 units
THEA 27 Special Subjects for the Actor 3 units
THEA 30 Playwriting 3 units
THEA 33A Stage Movement 2 units
THEA 41B Intermediate Acting 3 units
THEA 44A Makeup for Stage & Screen 3 units
THEA 70 Mainstage Production Workshop 3 units
MUSC 32A Beginning Voice: Classical Music 1 unit
MUSC 32B Beginning Voice: Folk Music 1 unit
PE 3.01 Afro-Jazz Dance 1 unit
PE 3.02 Ballet - Beginning 1 unit
PE 3.12 Jazz Dance - Beginning 1 1 unit
PE 3.15 Modern Dance - Beginning 1 1 unit
PE 3.23 Tap Dance - Beginning 1 1 unit
PE 7.07 Fencing - Beginning 1 unit
PE 11.01 Yoga for Health 1 unit

Other Recommended Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 3A Confidence/Self Esteem Building 3 units
THEA 4 Digital Editing-Narrative Film 3 units
THEA 5A Introduction to Filmmaking 3 units
THEA 5B Introduction to Filmmaking 3 units
THEA 18B Lighting Design 3 units
THEA 19A Movie Magic: Contemporary Special Effects 3 units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
ENGL 48 Intro to Shakespeare 3 units
MUSC 33A Intermediate Voice 1 unit
MUSC 33B Intermediate Voice 1 unit
MUSC 34 Fundamentals of Singing 1 unit
Total Major Units   28 units

Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Associate in Arts Degree in Theatre Arts: Film Studies

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 1 Introduction to Media Arts 3 units
THEA 5A Introduction to Filmmaking 3 units
THEA 6A Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7A Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 10 Introduction to Theatre 3 units
THEA 15 Film Appreciation 3 units
THEA 21A Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 1 unit
  OR  
THEA 22A Rehearsal and Performance 1 unit

Elective Courses: List A (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 14A Survey of Film 3 units
THEA 14B Survey of Film 3 units
THEA 19A Movie Magic: Contemporary Special Effects 3 units

Elective Courses: List B (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
THEA 2A Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 units
THEA 4 Editing the Narrative Film 3 units
THEA 5B Introduction to Filmmaking 3 units
THEA 6B Writing for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7B Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 7C Advanced Acting for Film and Television 3 units
THEA 8A Television Production 3 units
THEA 8B Television Production 3 units
THEA 18A Introduction to Stage Lighting 3 units
THEA 20 Studio Theatre Workshop 3 units
THEA 21B Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 2 units
THEA 21C Rehearsal and Performance (Technical) 3 units
THEA 22B Rehearsal and Performance 2 units
THEA 22C Rehearsal and Performance 3 units
THEA 30 Playwriting 3 units
THEA 40A Beginning Acting 3 units
THEA 47A Fundamentals of Costume Design 3 units
ARTS 4 Art Appreciation 3 units
ARTS 55 Introduction to Computer Arts 3 units
ENGL 41 Literature and Film 3 units
FRNC 60A The French Movie 3 units
Total Major Units   25 units

Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Associate in 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 040A 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 published: 10/30/17