General Studies, Theatre Pathway

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

Students who are interested in transferring to a baccalaureate program in theatre can begin their college career by choosing the A.A. in general studies with a theatre pathway option. The theatre pathway offers students foundational course work in acting, theatrical production, and performance as well as opportunities to participate in campus theatre productions each semester.  Degrees in theatre provide a base from which to pursue careers in acting, production, directing, stage management, and set design. 

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills/Reasoning3
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
or MATH 1111 College Algebra
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
One of the following electives:1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Health & Wellness Concepts
Race and Ethnicity in America
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one to two ENGL course(s):3-6
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course is chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Two of the following Lab Science Electives:8
Astronomy of the Solar System
and Astronomy of Solar Sys. Lab
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
and Stellar & Galac. Astronomy Lab
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
One of the following electives: 3-4
Astronomy of the Solar System
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Computer Concepts/Programming
Principles of Programming I
Principles of Programming II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Precalculus Mathematics
Applied Calculus
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Calculus and Analytic Geom II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Area E: Social Sciences
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
American Government
Two of the following electives:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Theatre Pathway
Basic Theory and Performance9
Theatre Appreciation
Practicum in Theatre (must be taken three times to receive credit here)
Fundamentals of Acting
Fundamentals of Acting II
Children's Theatre
Basic Technical Theatre and Design3
Play Development
Humanities/Fine Arts/History Electives*6
Art Appreciation
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Practicum in Theatre (Must be taken three times to receive credit here)
Fundamentals of Acting
Fundamentals of Acting II
Children's Theatre
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective1
Total Hours61-62
*

Courses used to satisfy Areas C and E or Basic Theory and Performance cannot be used to satisfy Area F electives.

Courses

THEA 1100. Theatre Appreciation. 3-0-3 Units.

Survey and critical appreciation of theatre. Provides an overview of theatre history, the elements of a play as literature, insight into how a play is analyzed from preproduction and production point of view, an understanding of theatre as an art from, and knowledge of technical aspects of theatre. No previous experience required. (F,S,M) Pre- or co-requisite ENGL 0989, unless exempt.

THEA 2000. Practicum in Theatre. 0-3-1 Unit.

Provides students with experience in the College’s main stage or experimental theatre productions (acting, sound, lighting, publicity, costumes, set construction, etc.) for at least 30 hours, assisting the director. Offered C session. May be repeated for up to three credits. Note: THEA 2000 needs to be taken three times to receive credit in Area F.

THEA 2100. Play Development. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides a practical introduction to the creation and development of a theatrical production from inception to completed presentation.(F,S)

THEA 2200. Fundamentals of Acting. 3-0-3 Units.

Offers an introduction to the basics of stage acting, including physical and vocal work, acting exercises and improvisations, acting terminology, character development, and work on monologues and scenes with others.

THEA 2201. Fundamentals of Acting II. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides an in-depth approach to stage acting that teaches the actor to portray all aspects of a character by employment of the acronym TEAM which stands for thoughts + emotions + action = manifestation. It means acting enriched by delving into what drives the character and teaches acting students behavior which translates as genuine, truthful, powerful, and believable.(F, S)
Prerequisites: THEA 2200 or special permission from instructor.

THEA 2300. Children's Theatre. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides an introduction to the basics of creative dramatics with an emphasis on performing a children’s theatre touring show. Students will engage in improvisation exercises, study the theory behind performing for children, and rehearse for a play. Students will also engage in practical and creative applications of scene and costume design to accompany the show.(F,S)