Theatre Performance Degree

Associate of Arts
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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.

Careers

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

Curriculum 

Suggest Course Sequence: Theatre Performance

A suggested course sequence for full-time students in Theatre Performance follows

A suggested course sequence for full-time students in Theatre Performance follows

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. 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 Advising Worksheet and consult an advisor.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours

*

THET 100 - Introduction to the Theatre 3 semester hours

(GEIR)

THET 110 - Fundamentals of Acting 3 semester hours

(ARTD)

THET 114 - Stagecraft I 3 semester hours
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)

Second Semester

THET 125 - Script Analysis 3 semester hoursTHET 201 - Intermediate Acting 3 semester hours
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
  • Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)

Third Semester

COMM 109 - Voice and Diction 3 semester hoursTHET 122 - Performance Production 1 semester hour

THET 205 - Movement for the Performer 3 semester hours
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • Natural sciences distribution 3 semester hours (NSD)
  • DANC or PHED or MUSC elective 3 semester hours

Fourth Semester

COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours

(GEIR)

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COMM 112 - Business and Professional Speech Communication 3 semester hours

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(GEIR)

THET 122 - Performance Production 1 semester hour

THET 237 - Fundamentals of Play Directing 3 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
  • THET elective 3 semester hours

* ENGL 101 3 semester hours/ENGL 101A 3 semester hours, if needed for ENGL 102 3 semester hours/ENGL 103 3 semester hours, 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 adviser before registering.

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

 

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