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 - Technical
Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting
List A
Choose 9 units from the following or any course not already selected from the core courses:9
Principles of Acting II
Stagecraft
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 

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.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
THTR 9 Introduction to Theater Arts 3 3
THTR 20 Introduction to Script Analysis for the Theater 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
 Units10
Spring Term 1
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 4 3-4
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
 Units6-7
Summer Term 1
CSU BEHAV CSU GE D Social Sciences Crse 3 3
PSYC 1A Faculty recommendation: D1 1  
 Units3
Fall Term 2
THTR 10 History of Theater Arts 3 3
CSU HUM CSU GE C2 Humanities Crse 3 3-4
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 3 3-4
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1 1-2
LIT 10 Faculty recommendation: C2 HUM 2  
 Units13-18
Winter Term 2
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
 Units3-5
Spring Term 2
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
 Units10-14
 Total Units45-57
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