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A.A. General Theater Arts

Students will:

  • Have a basic, hands-on knowledge of a variety of technical aspects in the theatre.  They will be able to read and comprehend a ground plan.  They will also be able to understand working in different theatrical spaces; arena, thrust, black box, proscenium, etc.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of stage lighting.  Through class work they will know how to wire lighting instruments and the basics of electricity; watts, volts, amps. Students will be able to read and comprehend a light plot and how to hang, focus and gel instruments according to the designers.
  • Through working directly with a live, theatrical production, students will know how to operate a fly system, follow spot, video projections, lighting board and sound board.
  • Have knowledge of the business of show business, including the various resources available for finding work and, ultimately, joining the unions.

Recommended Sequence

First Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
THR110​ Basic Acting Techniques 3​
THR131​ Intro to Stagecraft & Lighting 3​
MAT...​ Mathematics Elective*​ 3-4​
COM...​ COM100 Speech Communication or
COM102 Public Speaking
3​
WRT101​ English Composition I 3​
​ ​ 15-16​

Second Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
THR120​ Mass Media of Communication 3​
THR113
THR220
THR124
THR231​
Movement for the Performing Arts or
Scene Study or
Dance Experience or
Stage Electrics
2
3
3
3​
MAT/CIS/
INF...
......
Mathematics or Computer Science or
Information Technology Elective* or
Free Elective
3-4

3​
WRT201​ English Composition II ​ 3​
...... Humanities Elective** 3​
...... Social Science Elective*​ 3​
​ ​ 15-17​

Third Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
THR214
THR217
THR232
DAC...​
Audition Techniques or
Theatre Performance & Production or
Stage Management or
Dance Technique Class
2
2
1
1-2​
HIS...​ History Elective* 3​
......​​ Humanities Elective** 6​
......​ Natural Science Elective* 4​
......​ Social Science Elective* 3​
​ ​ 18

Fourth Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
THR215
THR216​
Directing for the Stage or
Theatre Production Workshop
3
4​
HIS...​ History Elective* 3​
...... Natural Science Elective* 4​
......​ Diversity Elective* 3​
......​ Free Elective​​ 2-4​
​ ​ 15-18​
TOTAL CREDITS 64-66
 

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)

 

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

Recommended: THR101 Introduction to the Theatre; MUS110 Music, Art, & Drama; THR109 History of the Musical Theatre; THR140

Introduction to the Cinema.

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST123 Success 101 or one of the following: COM106 TV Production; DFT210 Computer Aided Drafting; THR 236 Lighting Design.

Curriculum