Theater Arts (AA-T A0346)

Arts Division
Degree A0346

The Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer develops confidence, improves communication skills and provides experiences to work in a collaborative endeavor. In each course, students learn to perfect the skills needed for the discipline of theater while learning to work cooperatively with others in theater-related disciplines. The program emphasizes self-reliance and creative problem solving along with personal artistic development. To earn an Associate in Arts in Theater, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. The degree allows students the flexibility to pursue a particular area of interest; however, any student who completes the AA-T in Theater Arts will be prepared to pursue an emphasis in acting, technical theater, design, playwriting or general theater. The degree has been designed to assist students who wish to obtain a baccalaureate in Theater. The degree is intended to help the student make an uninterrupted transition to a C.S.U. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all major requirements to receive an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer degree and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer degree will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses9
Introduction to Theater Arts
History of Theater Arts
Principles of Acting I
Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting
Play Rehearsal and Performance - Technical
List A
Choose 9 units from the following or any course not already selected from the core courses:9
Principles of Acting II
Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting
Theatrical Make-Up
Theatrical Costuming
Introduction to Script Analysis for the Theater
Introduction to Theater Design
Stage Lighting
Total Units for Major18
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42

Theater Arts Website 

Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Explore Your Future in Theater Arts for Transfer

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AA-T in Theater Arts Transfer Degree as recommended by Theater Faculty members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A, and/or have not completed Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
THTR 9 Introduction to Theater Arts 3
THTR 15 Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting (Eligibility for THTR 15 is contingent upon being cast in a play) 1-3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
MATH 110 Elementary Statistics 3
Intersession 1
HIST 1 History of the United States 3
Semester 2
THTR 11 Principles of Acting I 3
THTR 14 Stagecraft 3
ENGL 1C Critical Thinking and Writing 4
A General Education course from Area B Physical Sciences is recommended here 1 3
Intersession 2
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Second Year
Semester 1
THTR 10 History of Theater Arts 2 3
THTR 15 Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting 1-3
LIT 10 Survey of Shakespeare 3
SPCH 26 Interpersonal Communication 3
A Theater Elective course is recommended here *  
Intersession 1
PSYC 1A Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2
THTR 19 Theatrical Costuming 3
THTR 15 Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting (Recommended Elective) 2 1-3
POLI 1 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
A General Education from Area B Physical Sciences is recommended here 1 3
 Total Units54-60

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Use script analysis and performance techniques to create a character in a live theater performance.
  • Analyze and critique the various aspects of a theater production (acting, directing and design) without making value judgments. 
  • Perform various tasks associated with the creation and implementation of the technical elements (lights, sound, lighting, costumes, and makeup) of a live theater production.
  • Understand the interactions of the various theater disciplines and be able to usefully participate in the collaborative environment of theater.
  • Analyze and critique elements of the production in their historical and cultural context.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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