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Theatre Arts 2019-2020

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Effective winter quarter 2020, the Actor Career Certificate has been deactivated; a similar program is now offered as a transcriptable Certificate of Achievement in Acting. If you have any questions, please meet with a Foothill counselor.

The Theatre Arts department is an important center for theatre training encompassing acting, performance, literature, design and technical studies. Branches of the department include theatre technology, actor training and the general studies program for both majors and non-majors.

The Theatre Arts department operates a theatre program for both non-theatre major and theatre majors, consisting of theatre appreciation, multi-cultural theatre studies, studio-acting classes, production related classes, musical theatre, technical theatre studies, industry preparation and electives in theatre specialization.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-Students will be able to proceed to further educational opportunities or entry-level workforce employment in their prescribed area of the performing arts with a minimal adjustment period.
-Students will be able to employ skill sets of collaboration relevant to multiple arenas of alliance or teamwork within the performing arts arena.

Career Opportunities:

The Theatre Arts program prepares the student to continue studies at a four-year institution, transfer into more specialized performance (stage, musical and on-camera) training or to apprentice or work in the performing arts industry. Graduates have opportunities to pursue careers as stage and film actors, directors, producers, stage managers, run crew, make-up artists, teachers, artistic directors, casting directors and more.

Units Required

  • Major: 44-48
  • Certificate(s): 28

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (28-40 units)
-Support courses (8-16 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

AA = Associate in Arts Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Information:

The Theatre Arts department offers three tracks for the AA degree: General Theatre Studies, Acting Performance, and Musical Theatre Performance.

Core Courses (28-40 units)

THTR 1 Introduction to Theatre (4 units)
THTR 20A Acting I (4 units)
THTR 31 Management for the Theatre & Stage (4 units)

And select ONE of the following track options:
Option 1: General Theatre Studies (16 units)
THTR 2A History of Dramatic Literature: Classical to Moliere (4 units)
THTR 2B History of Dramatic Literature: Moliere to Modern (4 units)
or THTR 8 Multicultural Theatre Arts in Modern America (4 units)
And 4 units from the following:
THTR 45A Technical Theatre in Production I (4 units)
THTR 45E Technical Theatre Management in Production (6 units)
THTR 47A Introduction to Musical Theatre Production (6 units)
THTR 49A Performance Production I (6 units)
And 4 units from the following:
THTR 21A Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 42 Introduction to Theatre Design (4 units)

Option 2: Acting Performance (28 units)
THTR 2A History of Dramatic Literature: Classical to Moliere (4 units)
THTR 20B Acting II (4 units)
THTR 20C Acting III (4 units)
THTR 40A Basic Theatrical Makeup (4 units)
THTR 48B Singing Technique for Musical Theatre (4 units)
And 4 units from the following:
THTR 45A Technical Theatre in Production I (4 units)
THTR 45E Technical Theatre Management in Production (6 units)
THTR 47A Introduction to Musical Theatre Production (6 units)
THTR 49A Performance Production I (6 units)
And 4 units from the following:
THTR 21A Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 42 Introduction to Theatre Design (4 units)

Option 3: Musical Theatre Performance (25 units)
DANC 3A Beginning Jazz Dance (1 unit)
THTR 2F History of American Musical Theatre (4 units)
THTR 40A Basic Theatrical Makeup (4 units)
THTR 48B Singing Technique for Musical Theatre (4 units)
THTR 48C Musical Theatre Repertoire for Singers (4 units)
And 4 units from the following:
THTR 45A Technical Theatre in Production I (4 units)
THTR 45E Technical Theatre Management in Production (6 units)
THTR 47A Introduction to Musical Theatre Production (6 units)
And 4 units from the following:
THTR 21A Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 42 Introduction to Theatre Design (4 units)

Support Courses (8-16 units)


For Option 1 (General Theatre Studies), select an additional 16 units from the following:
THTR 2F History of American Musical Theatre (4 units)
or THTR 12A Stage & Screen (4 units)
THTR 7 Introduction to Directing (4 units)
or THTR 43A Script Analysis (4 units)
THTR 20B Acting II (4 units)
or THTR 63A Film & Television Acting Workshop (4 units)
THTR 25 Introduction to Fashion & Costume Construction (4 units)
or THTR 40A Basic Theatrical Makeup (4 units)
THTR 43E Improvisation (4 units)
or THTR 48B Singing Technique for Musical Theatre (4 units)

For Option 2 (Acting Performance), select an additional 8 units from the following:
THTR 38D Stage Combat (2 units)
THTR 43A Script Analysis (4 units)
THTR 43C Foundations in Classical Acting (6 units)
THTR 43E Improvisation (4 units)
THTR 48A Vocal Production & Speech (4 units)
THTR 48G Introduction to Voice-Over Acting (4 units)
THTR 57 Actor Marketing Strategies (4 units)
THTR 63A Film & Television Acting Workshop (4 units)

For Option 3 (Musical Theatre Performance), select an additional 8 units from the following:
THTR 20B Acting II (4 units)
THTR 20C Acting III (4 units)
THTR 38D Stage Combat (2 units)
THTR 43A Script Analysis (4 units)
THTR 43E Improvisation (4 units)

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Acting

Units: 28

THTR 20A Acting I (4 units)
THTR 20B Acting II (4 units)
THTR 20C Acting III (4 units)
THTR 40A Basic Theatrical Makeup (4 units)

And select 12 units from the following:
THTR 38D Stage Combat (2 units)
THTR 43E Improvisation (4 units)
THTR 48A Vocal Production & Speech (4 units)
THTR 48B Singing Technique for Musical Theatre (4 units)
THTR 57 Actor Marketing Strategies (4 units)
THTR 63A Film & Television Acting Workshop (4 units)


Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-12-05 10:40:36 | Dept Code: THTR

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