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Theatre Performance Degree

Associate of Arts

Effective Fall 2020, no new students will be accepted into this degree program. New students are encouraged to follow the Performing Arts AA degree. Existing students in this degree will have until Fall 2023 to complete the degree program or choose a new major.

female dancers in middair on stage

The theatre curricula are planned to provide a fundamental course of study and training in basic skills for students who plan to continue study at a four-year institution, expect to enter a professional training program in theatre or dance, or wish to seek professional employment in theatre, dance, or related areas. Three areas of concentration are offered: dance, theatre performance, and theatre technical. Completion of all requirements for any one of the areas of concentration will lead to the award of the AA in arts and sciences.

This area of concentration is offered for the student who plans to transfer to a four-year institution to study for a baccalaureate degree with a major in theatre or plans to seek a professional career in theatre after completing this program.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a competency for script and character analysis.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with periods, genres, and styles in theatre history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and utilize the special vocabulary of theatre.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and/or construct and present formal and informal public performances.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.  

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.


Some careers in this field include actors, producers, and directors, among others. 


Suggest Course Sequence: Theatre Performance

A suggested course sequence for students follows

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Suggested Course Sequence

A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or THET elective.

**  Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

‡ Course is repeated two times for credit.

† Students should see a THET advisor before registering.

One of the distribution or elective courses has to fulfill the Global/Cultural Perspectives requirement.


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Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Find out about performing arts classes in Workforce Development and Continuing Education's Community Arts Program.