Associate in Arts for Transfer | SC Program: AA-T.1004

The Theatre Arts program is academically grounded in the liberal arts tradition of literature, performance, cultural studies, history, philosophy, and technical skills. It also provides a hands-on, learn-by-doing environment that gives students experiences and skills to complement many career paths. Employers find theatre trained applicants become valuable employees because they have developed excellent communication and problem solving skills, confidence, and the ability to work cooperatively with a diverse team of people.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the basic elements of dramatic structure and analyze the dramatic components in a theatrical production.
  • Select appropriate monologues and prepare them as audition pieces.
  • Investigate the themes and dramaturgy of the Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Jocobean and Restoration periods of Theatre history and compare and contrast those periods through discussion, papers, and performance analysis.
  • Identify and apply the major components of stagecraft in the implementation of scenery, lighting, costume, make-up, special effects, and production management.
  • Investigate the social, political, and spiritual objectives of theatrical performance through discussions and papers that deal with gender, politics and religion.
  • Evaluate dramatic scripts relative to historical context and contemporary relevance.
  • Develop cooperation skills in working with people from diverse cultures.
  • Transfer to a California State University with a major in Theatre Arts.


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern or CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core
  • THTR 1*# Introduction to Theatre Arts OR THTR 8*# History of World Theatre I 3
  • THTR 12 Acting I 3
Three units from the following
  • THTR 23 Mainstage Production I 3
  • THTR 26 Mainstage Production II
  • THTR 41 Theatre Lab
  • THTR 42 Technical Stage Production
  • THTR 50 Rehearsal and Performance
  • THTR 70 Repertory Theatre – I
  • THTR 74 Repertory Theatre – II
List A: (Choose at least three courses for a minimum of 9 units)

Note: There is a 3-unit maximum in Rehearsal and Performance courses, and if you used them in the core, then you cannot use them in List A. There is a 3-unit maximum in Technical Theatre Practicum courses, and if you used them in the core then you cannot use them in List A.

  • THTR 13 Acting II (3)
  • THTR 30 Stagecraft (3)
  • THTR 34 Makeup (2) AND
  • THTR 38 Makeup Lab (1)
  • THTR 81 Playwriting and Script Analysis (3)
  • Any Rehearsal and Performance or Technical Theatre Practicum course listed in Core but not used for Core requirements (1-3)

*May be used to fulfill CSU General Education requirements. See a counselor.

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 18

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 6-8**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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