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Associate in Arts for Transfer
About the Program
The Theater Arts major is designed to provide knowledge, training, and practical experience in a variety of areas which can be used in continuing participation and appreciation of theater and film throughout life. The Theater program at Las Positas is a unique blend of hands-on learning, personal creative exploration, and history and culture; theater is a wonderful way to continue to grow as a student and as an artist. Classes cover such topics as theater history, musical theater, acting, theater for young audiences, and directing, as well as stage and production management, lighting, scenery, and costume design. Our student-centered coursework and productions offer many different opportunities for students to become involved in the program and college in a meaningful, academic, and career-centered way. The Las Positas Theater program presents 4 productions annually, as well as many other performing and technical opportunities for our theater majors. We house our program in a beautiful state of the art performance facility with three theaters (a 450-seat proscenium, a black box, and an outdoor amphitheater), a costume shop, scene shop, and rehearsal studio.
About the Degree
The Associate in Arts for Theater for Transfer major is designed to provide knowledge, training, and practical experience in all aspects of theater arts. The curriculum provides the essential lower-division courses necessary for transfer to similar programs at four-year institutions, as well as assisting students towards employment in professional, academic and Community Theater. Upon completion, students can expect to be able to: apply the learned techniques of acting or technical theater in a public performance of various genres of theater, or other types of personal creative work; understand how to develop and maintain a positive contribution the field of theater in academics, performance, or technical theater; and possess the skills necessary for textual interpretation for academic discourse, design, and/or performance studies.
- Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State
University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or CA State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT’s) also require that students must earn a "C " (or "P'') or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
There are many careers available for an individual with a theater background: actor, director, playwright, dramaturg, designer, producer, theater manager, publicist, or agent. All of these career paths are available for students in both theater and film, making a theater degree an ideal education for creative students in California.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Theater Arts, students are able to analyze the artistic elements in productions, looking at design, acting, and directorial choice.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Theater Arts, students are able to apply the learned techniques of acting or technical theater in a public performance of various genres of theater, or other types of personal creative work.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Theater Arts, students are able to possess the skills necessary for textual interpretation for academic discourse, design, and/or performance studies.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Theater Arts, students are able to understand how to
develop and maintain a positive contribution the field of theater in academics, performance,
or technical theater.
|THEA 1A Theory/Practice of Acting I||3|
|THEA 10 Introduction to Dramatic Arts||3|
|THEA 47A Performance in Production: Introduction to Live Performance or|
|THEA 48A Technical Theater in Production - Beginning||3|
|Any REQUIRED CORE not already used||3|
|THEA 1B Theory/Practice of Acting II||3|
|THEA 50 Stagecraft||3|
|THEA 50L Introduction to Stage Lighting||3|
|THEA 51 Introduction to Costume Design||3|
|Total Units in the Major||18|
|Additional General Education and Elective Units||42|
See the Las Positas College California State University General Education Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for a listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program and the optional course(s) taken. Elective units are CSU transferable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022