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Your dreams of working in the field of performing arts and technical theatre are well understood here. In the Drama department, we offer you training in theatre production, including performance, technical theatre and theatre management. Our courses cover vast areas in performance and production studies such as play analysis and the development of theatre history, from the early the Greeks to modern and contemporary classics including musical theatre and the bright lights of Broadway.

Our program prepares you to go directly out into the workforce, as well as meets transfer requirements toward achieving 4-year degrees at colleges and universities.

If you are interested in a career as an actor, director, playwright, stage manager, stage carpenter, lighting or sound technician, or even passing on your knowledge as a teacher, the training we offer in our department is a great opportunity for you to accomplish your career dreams.

We believe that the creativity, personal interaction, and skill building in a team environment is an experience highly valuable to any individual. Studying drama instills a heightened awareness of beauty and truth enabling our students to fully appreciate the joys of the arts that they carry with them throughout their lifetime. It is recommended that students intending to major in this field take all courses offered by this department, plus Communicative Arts in the Communication Studies Department. Introductory music, art, and dramatic literature courses are also valuable.

Transfer major requirements in Drama/Theater Arts are available in the Counseling Center. Students should consult a counselor and the appropriate college catalog for other transfer requirements. Catalogs of California and out-of-state colleges are located in the Library and the Counseling Center.

Theater Arts for Transfer

AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer degree (AA-T) program provides students with a strong foundation in Theater Arts. Upon completion of the program, students will identify and recall the historical development, common practices, and terminology of Western theatre; analyze texts from a performance point of view; communicate clearly and coherently in oral and written forms; collaborate harmoniously and effectively with others as a well-prepared member of the team; and participate effectively in a theatrical production.

The Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts, Performing Arts, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing within the CSU system. Students are also given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Theater Arts

A.A. Degree

Stagecraft Skills

Certificate

You will learn to build scenery and props in the technical theater. Construction, painting, lighting, and working backstage are all vital to a successful performance. We’ll teach you the terms and procedure needed to keep things going smoothly backstage. Learn to communicate and participate as members of a production team.

Costuming Skills

Certificate

If you enjoy making theater characters come to life without having to stand in the spotlight, then this is the place for you. Costuming skills will give you the know-how to build period costumes and create visual characters working as a cutter, stitcher or makeup artist. You will also learn about use of color, different fabrics and finishes, and basic sewing techniques used for the stage.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Verbal and written evaluation: Differentiate and evaluate verbally or in written form a work of art (his or her own art, the work of other students, and/or historical works of art) in terms of technical and aesthetic success and historical/cultural references
  • Analyze, invent and construct solution: Analyze problem, formulate/invent idea then execute and use appropriate techniques to build or construct a solution/project that meets assignment criteria.
  • Best Studio Practices: Practice and demonstrate appropriate, safe and sustainable studio/lab practices, when inventing and producing solutions, to meet assigned project criteria.
  • Visual Literacy: Use both pre-compiled knowledge and devise alternative knowledge structures to demonstrate understanding of works of art. Identify, analyze, and/or create images and objects which may contain multiple meanings and ways of communicating.
  • Historical: Identify and analyze the achievements and contributions of significant artists and cultures throughout history.

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  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Debra Hammond Department Chair, Instructor, Drama

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Scott Adams Department Chair, Instructor, Theater Arts

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John Deaderick Part-time Instructor, Drama

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Courtney Pintar Part-time Instructor, Theater Arts

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Robert Salas Part-time Instructor, Theater Arts

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Rodger Hoopman Part-time Instructor, Theater Arts

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