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Contact: Matthew BurgosTitle: Department ChairContact: mburgos14@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Theater Arts, AA-T

Arts Division
Degree A0346

The Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer develops confidence, improves communication skills and provides experiences to work in a collaborative endeavor. In each course, students learn to perfect the skills needed for the discipline of theater while learning to work cooperatively with others in theater-related disciplines. The program emphasizes self-reliance and creative problem solving along with personal artistic development. To earn an Associate in Arts in Theater, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. The degree allows students the flexibility to pursue a particular area of interest; however, any student who completes the AA-T in Theater Arts will be prepared to pursue an emphasis in acting, technical theater, design, playwriting or general theater. The degree has been designed to assist students who wish to obtain a baccalaureate in Theater. The degree is intended to help the student make an uninterrupted transition to a C.S.U. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all major requirements to receive an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer degree and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer degree will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

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AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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  • Theater Arts, AA-T

    Arts Division
    Degree A0346

    The Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for Transfer develops confidence, improves communication skills and provides experiences to work in a collaborative endeavor. In each course, students learn to perfect the skills needed for the discipline of theater while learning to work cooperatively with others in theater-related disciplines. The program emphasizes self-reliance and creative problem solving along with personal artistic development. To earn an Associate in Arts in Theater, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. The degree allows students the flexibility to pursue a particular area of interest; however, any student who completes the AA-T in Theater Arts will be prepared to pursue an emphasis in acting, technical theater, design, playwriting or general theater. The degree has been designed to assist students who wish to obtain a baccalaureate in Theater. The degree is intended to help the student make an uninterrupted transition to a C.S.U. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all major requirements to receive an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer degree and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an Associate in Arts in Theater for Transfer degree will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses9
    THTR 9
    Introduction to Theater Arts
    or THTR 10
    History of Theater Arts
    THTR 11
    Principles of Acting I
    THTR 15
    Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting
    or THTR 13
    Play Rehearsal and Performance - Technical
    List A
    Choose 9 units from the following or any course not already selected from the core courses:9
    THTR 12
    Principles of Acting II
    THTR 14
    Stagecraft
    THTR 15
    Play Rehearsal and Performance - Acting
    THTR 16
    Theatrical Make-Up
    THTR 19
    Theatrical Costuming
    THTR 20
    Introduction to Script Analysis for the Theater
    THTR 21
    Introduction to Theater Design
    THTR 22
    Stage Lighting
    Total Units for Major18
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42

    Theater Arts Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Technical Theater

    Arts Division 
    Certificate T0446

    The Technical Theater Certificate will provide students with classwork and practical experience across a broad base of technical theater disciplines, including set construction, set rigging, lighting, and stage management. There is an emphasis on supporting classroom instruction with both practical application and participation in main stage productions. Students will expand their resumes by virtue of their participation on build and running crews. This certificate may aid in the student's search for an entry-level position as a shop technician or running crew in theaters and theme parks. It may also aid in finding short-term work on load-ins and running crews for theatrical events. 

    Required Courses 

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    THTR 9Introduction to Theater Arts3
    THTR 21Introduction to Theater Design3
    Variable unit courses: Repeat each course 4 times at 1 unit each8
    THTR 13
    Play Rehearsal and Performance - Technical
    THTR 18
    Technical Theater Practicum
    THTR 14Stagecraft3
    THTR 22Stage Lighting3
    THTR 26Sound for Theater3
    THTR 27Introduction to Stage Management3
    Required Electives 6-7
    Choose a total of 6 or 7 units from the electives below
    THTR 11
    Principles of Acting I
    THTR 16
    Theatrical Make-Up
    THTR 19
    Theatrical Costuming
    THTR 28
    Directing for the Stage
    THTR 60A
    Theater for Young Audiences - Performance
    THTR 60B
    Theater for Young Audiences - Design
    THTR 60C
    Theater for Young Audiences - Stage Management
    Total Units32-33

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Matthew BurgosTitle: Department ChairContact: mburgos14@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 2T-126Phone: (909) 274-4337