Associate in Arts Degree

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This program locates itself between the general Liberal Arts & Sciences program and a specialized theater program. It provides students the first two years of preparation for a transfer to a drama (literature) or theater (acting or technical theater) program while maintaining a liberal arts base. It uses the College state of-the-art, 450-seat theater, which serves as a classroom, lecture hall, technical laboratory, and a venue for student, faculty, and community theater work. Students experience the ensemble nature of the theater production process, and are introduced to the components: actor, director, designer, etc. They examine dramatic texts as literature and scripts for performance, develop an understanding of the theory and practice of acting, develop an awareness of the basics of technical theater, and participate in activities as part of student, faculty, and community theater projects. 

Goal 1 To provide students the opportunity to develop interpersonal & public communication skills appropriate to the field of theater

  • Students will be able to communicate effectively using a) written, b) oral, and c) physical modes of expression in the liberal arts and theater traditions.
  • Students will respond to the work of others
  • Students will use non-verbal communication to communicate ideas

Goal 2 To provide students the opportunity to interact with and analyze theatrical texts

  • Students will be able to interpret theatrical texts in a practical (production based) and critical (literary based) fashion

Goal 3 To prepare students to transfer

  • Students indicate satisfaction with preparation
  • Students are accepted at a four-year school

Goal 4 To provide students the opportunity to assess the practical needs of theatrical production Students will be able to formulate practical approaches to theatrical production in

  • Students will be able to formulate practical approaches to theatrical production in a) acting, b) directing or c) technical applications

Goal 5 To provide students the opportunity to understand the nature of diversity and its relationship to the liberal arts

  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the historical and current contributions of the culturally diverse theatrical tradition
  • The student will draw upon knowledge and experience of others to function as an ensemble

Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information

Total Credit Hours: 64

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.

Mathematics courses must be chosen from MA108, MA110, MA131, or courses higher than MA131.The two semester requirement may also be fulfilled by any one of the above courses, and any one course beyond the 131 level, or by any two beyond MA131.

Foreign language consists of a six-hour sequence within the same language. Students who have completed four years of the same language in high school, have completed three years of the same language in high school with a grade of A or over 90%, or those with other appropriate language experience are exempt from this requirement. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. Those who are exempt must replace language credits with six credits in approved electives.

This course introduces the principles of acting for the stage. Topics include relaxation, energizing, stage sense, and improvisation. Physical, emotional, and imaginative exercises help to prepare the beginning actor for the performance situation.

This course introduces the foundations of theater art. Emphasis is placed on the theatrical production process. Topics include theater spaces, directing, acting, scene design, and professional work opportunities. Theater experiences from the Greek festival theater to the present are discussed.

Take any Physical Education Course

Second Semester

This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

Mathematics courses must be chosen from MA108, MA110, MA131, or courses higher than MA131.The two semester requirements may also be fulfilled by any one of the above courses, and any one course beyond the 131 level, or by any two beyond MA131.

Foreign language consists of a six-hour sequence within the same language. Students who have completed four years of the same language in high school, have completed three years of the same language in high school with a grade of A or over 90%, or those with other appropriate language experience are exempt from this requirement. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. Those who are exempt must replace language credits with six credits in approved electives.

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of stage craft. Topics include construction, costumes, scene painting, and the mounting and rigging of scenery. Other learning opportunities are incorporated depending on individual production requirements.

Social Sciences must be chosen from PY101, SO101, BM101, PS101 or AN101.

This course develops musical perception, understanding, and appreciation. It features direct listening and live performances, and demonstrations in a variety of musical styles. It is appropriate for those with no formal musical training.

This course develops perception, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts through an examination of the role of the artist in a diverse society. The artist is considered within cultural context through an introduction to Western and non-Western art history. Materials and techniques of art are studied with emphasis on the fundamental elements of artistic expression. A field trip to a gallery exhibit is required. Skill in art is not necessary.

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Third Semester

Take any General Education Natural Science Course

This course covers the classic period of drama from the ancient Greek theater of 400 B.C.E. to the neo-classic French theater of the Eighteenth Century. Major plays and playwrights from world theaters are discussed. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature.

This course emphasizes the development of character within specific textual situations. Roles from written texts are analyzed, rehearsed, and performed. Emphasis is placed on the actors’ physical and emotional work. Collaborative projects are required. Prerequisite: HU191 Acting 1: Principles of Acting.

Take either EN152 Oral Interpretation, TH195 Musical Theater, EN282 Contemporary Drama,TH283 Topics in Theater, and TH196 Theater Practicum. Some electives have prerequisites. Theater practicum must be approved by the appropriate theater faculty. Theater Practicum can be taken for a maximum of three credits to complete degree requirements.

This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages.

This course introduces the history of art from prehistoric times through the Sixteenth Century. Topics include Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

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Fourth Semester

This course explores the period of drama beginning in the Nineteenth Century and running to the mid-Twentieth Century. Major plays and playwrights from world theaters are discussed. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas & Values in Literature.

Social Sciences must be chosen from PY101, SO101, BM101, PS101 or AN101.

Chosen from: EN152 Oral Interpretation, TH195 Musical Theater, EN282 Contemporary Drama,TH283 Topics in Theater, and TH196 Theater Practicum. Some electives have prerequisites. Theater practicum must be approved by the appropriate theater faculty. Theater Practicum can be taken for a maximum of three credits to complete degree requirements.

This course is concerned with civilizations and their influences on each other in the modern world. It traces the rise of the West to a position of world dominance and its impact on non-Western societies. Emphasis is placed on the major forces that have shaped the contemporary world - industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, militarism, imperialism, democracy, and communism.

This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

Take any Physical Education Course

(a) Mathematics courses must be chosen from MA108, MA110, MA131, or courses higher than MA131. The two-semester requirement may also be fulfilled by any one of the above courses, and any one course beyond the 131 level, or by any two beyond MA131.

(b) Foreign language consists of a six-hour sequence within the same language. Students who have completed four years of the same language in high school, have completed three years of the same language in high school with a grade of A or over
90%, or those with other appropriate language experience are exempt from this requirement. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. Those who are exempt must replace language credits with six credits in approved electives.

(c) Social Sciences Electives include: PY101, SO101, BM101, PS101 or AN101.

(d) Program electives include: Theater electives may be chosen from: EN152 Oral Interpretation, TH195 Musical Theater, EN282 Contemporary Drama, TH283 Topics in Theater, and TH196 Theater Practicum. Some electives have prerequisites. Theater practicum must be approved by the appropriate theater faculty. Theater Practicum can be taken for a maximum of three credits to complete degree requirements.

(e) First History Electives include: HI101 History of Civilization 1 OR HU204 History of Art 1

(f) Second History Electives include: HI102 History of Civilization 2 OR HU205 History of Art 2

(g) Humanities Electives include: HU186 Music Appreciation OR HU187 Art Appreciation.