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Theatre Arts (TA) Degree & Certificate

Theatre Arts Degree & Certificate

The following Theatre Arts Degree & Certificate is offered:

AS-T - Theatre Arts

Required Program (Units)
TA 300    Introduction to the Theatre (3)
or TA 302   History and Theory of the Theatre I (3) (3)
TA 340    Beginning Acting (3)
or TA 350    Theory and Techniques of Acting I (3)1 3
A minimum of twelve (12) units from the following: 12
Note: Students must take 3 units of Theater Performance or 3 units of Technical Theater. The remaining 9 units come from the other two categories within the maximums defined.2
Theater Performance (Maximum of 3 units):
TAP 300, 301, 302, 303, 320, 321, 322, 323, 340, 341, 342, 343, 360, 361, 362, 363, 380, 381, 382, 383
Technical Theater (Maximum of 3 units):
TAP 310, 311, 312, 313, 330, 331, 332, 333, 350, 351, 352, 353, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, 391, 392, 393
General Electives (Maximum of 9 units):
TA 3501, 351, 420, 422, 424, 430
1 TA 350 cannot be used towards the General Electives if it is used in the core.
2 Up to 3 units of TAP not used above can be used in the General Electives area.

The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Theatre Arts at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU and the degree may only transfer to specific institutions.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the historical, artistic, social, and philosophical environments in which theatre exists.
  • Critique dramatic literature, production, and performance.
  • Employ performance, design, technical, and/or artisanal skills in community, educational, and/or professional theatres.


Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Theatre Arts: Technical

Required Program Units
TA 420    Stagecraft (3)
TA 422    Stage Lighting (3)
TA 424    Advanced Technical Theatre (3)
TA 426    Stagehand Practices (3)
TA 427    Stagehand Pre-Apprenticeship (2)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
TAP 310, 311, 312, 313, 330, 331, 332, 333, 350, 351, 352, 353, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, 391, 392, 393

The program in technical theatre prepares students for an entry-level career in technical theatre arts. Career options include roadhouse stagehand, rigger, audio engineer, scene shop technician, scenic artist, property artisan, electrician, costume technician, or stage manager.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical production skills.
  • Analyze the role of technical elements in the production process.
  • Analyze production requirements and develop practical and artistic solutions.
  • Analyze and apply information from scenic, lighting and/or costuming plans.
  • Identify and evaluate tools, materials and processes used in technical theatre areas.

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