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Theater Arts, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_THEA
Control number: 31432
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Theater Arts Department provides student opportunities to study the art and craft of Theater. Students who enroll in the Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for transfer degree 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 at a CSU.

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 for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

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 Core
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
or THEA G111 Theater History and Literature - Classical to 1800
THEA G106Acting 13
Rehearsal and Performance or Technical Theater Practicum
Select a maximum of three units of the following:3
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 11-2
or THEA G170 Theater Production and Stage Crew
List A
Select nine units of the following:9
THEA G107Acting 23
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
A maximum of three units of the following if not used in Core can apply to List A:1-2
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 11-2
or THEA G170 Theater Production and Stage Crew
Major Total19-20
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted0-6
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)3-8
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1: 

Course Title Units
Semester 1
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
or THEA G111 Theater History and Literature - Classical to 1800
THEA G106Acting 13
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following:1-3
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew1,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
Units13-16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course3
Over Semesters 3 and 4, Select three (3) of the following if NOT already taken (for a TOTAL of 9 units):
THEA G107Acting 23
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
A maximum of 3 units of the following can be used if NOT already taken:
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew1,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
Units15-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area C1: Arts course (if not satisfied with a Major course in Theater)3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units0-4
Over Semesters 3 and 4, Select three (3) of the following if NOT already taken (for a TOTAL of 9 units):
THEA G107Acting 23
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
A maximum of 3 units of the following can be used if NOT already taken:
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G170Theater Production and Stage Crew1,2
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
Units12-17