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Theater Arts, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_THEA
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Theater Arts Department provides the student opportunities to study the art and craft of theater. Students who enroll in the Associate in Arts in Theater Arts degree program prepare for transfer education and/or careers related to theatrical history and literature, performance, design/technology, and management. Theater Arts majors are introduced to theatrical history and literature, scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and make-up design and technology, acting, directing, and management through coursework and production opportunities. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are acquired through production assignments. Students are encouraged to develop academic and artistic skills enabling them to be successful in further study or employment. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Theater Arts.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the historical context of theater and drama, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture
  2. Produce a play on stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical aspects.
  3. Critically evaluate what they and others have created.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in an area of theater (performance, technical, directing, or theatre management) with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve specific problems pertaining to that area.
  5. Understand the individual and collaborative processes required to produce live theatrical productions.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
THEA G106Acting - Fundamentals3
Select one of the following:3
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
THEA G111Theater History and Literature - Classical to 18003
THEA G112Theater History and Literature - 1800 to Modern3
Select a minimum of three units from the following:3-8
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew1,2
THEA G166Stagecraft3
THEA G174Scenic Painting3
Select nine units from the following:9
THEA G174Scenic Painting3
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
Recommended Courses
The following courses are not required, but recommended by the Theater Department to enhance the Theater Arts Major
Performance Emphasis
THEA G107Acting 23
THEA G111Theater History and Literature - Classical to 18003
THEA G112Theater History and Literature - 1800 to Modern3
THEA G110Acting For The Camera3
THEA G119Improvisation for Theater, Film, and Television3
THEA G146Voice for Musical Theater 12
THEA G188Stage Movement 13
THEA G190Stage Movement 23
THEA G191Stage Movement 33
THEA G192Stage Movement 43
THEA G206Acting 33
THEA G207Acting 43
Play Production
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew1,2
THEA G166Stagecraft3
THEA G174Scenic Painting3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
Production Management
THEA G160Introduction To Stage Direction3
THEA G161Stage Management3
Musical Theater
THEA G108History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater3
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
THEA G211Musical Theater Production and Performance 22
THEA G212Musical Theater Production and Performance 32
THEA G213Musical Theater Production and Performance 42
Film
THEA G110Acting For The Camera3
THEA G102History And Appreciation Of The Cinema3
THEA G119Improvisation for Theater, Film, and Television3
Major Total18-23
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60