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Drama Basics, Certificate of Completion

Banner Code: 3_NCP_DRMA

Control Number: 39764

Not Financial Aid Eligible

The Drama Basics Certificate of Completion Program is provided for students through Coastlines College's Special Programs Career Options through Academic Support and Training (COAST) Program. Classes are taught by Special Programs faculty and mentored by field professionals. 

During this four-semester program, students will learn acting basics, technical theater basics, and how to succeed in the industry. Classes will be held at the Coastline College campus in Newport Beach and locally throughout Orange County at appropriate theater training sites, including professional and community theaters. In addition to learning the basics of the theater industry, students will have the opportunity to take headshots, identify appropriate casting calls, volunteer as stage crew for a production, develop an audition piece, and engage in a capstone performance. 

Students graduating with a Drama Basics Certificate of Completion will be prepared for many entry-level paid opportunities within this industry. These jobs include Halloween scare actors, theater floor staff (e.g., box office, concessions, usher, guest services, etc.), actors, and stage crew. In addition to vocational options, students are encouraged to volunteer in their communities at local theaters and participate in community stewardship activities. 

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills and experience required to take part in basic acting and technical theater activities.
  2. Independently recall and perform best practices while participating in work activities alone or with faculty, managers, staff, students, or customers.

This award confirms that a student enrolled in a noncredit program has demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares students to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable and non-degree applicable credit courses.

Course Title Hours
Required Core
Complete the following:
Semester 1
SPED C014NIntroduction to Drama40
SPED C001NEmployability Skills40
Semester 2
SPED C015NDrama-Making it in the Business40
SPED C002NProblem-Solving in the Workplace40
Semester 3
SPED C016NBehind the Scenes-Theater Tech40
SPED C009NApplied Academics40
Semester 4
SPED C017NDramatic Productions40
SPED C061NVocational Preparation and Readiness16-64
Total Hours296-344