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Theatre Technology 2017-2018

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The Foothill College Theatre Technology program prepares theatre students for entry-level positions in professional and community theatre and to transfer to a four-year institution. A comprehensive two-year program, Theatre Technology offers the student an opportunity to explore the fundamentals of a variety of practical career opportunities. Students interested in production and stage management, theatre design, and the creations of sets, props, costumes, lights, sound, and special effects are able to participate in both daytime lecture and laboratory classes and evening production experiences. The Theatre Arts department offers three major productions during the academic year and Theatre Technology students participate in the creation of technical elements for each of these productions. Foothill College maintains direct contact with many Bay Area theatre companies and will assist advanced students in obtaining internships or employment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will be able to explore further educational or workforce experience in technical theatre with a minimal fundamental adjustment period.
• Students will function effectively in a variety of roles within a collaborative technical theatre environment.
• Students will develop skills for evaluating their own and others' contributions to successful outcomes in technical theatre.

Career Opportunities:

The technical theatre program promotes skills in six basic fields of study and areas of employment: scene shop technician, costume shop technician, theatre electrician, properties artisan, stage management, and scenic artist. Theatre technicians can expand their opportunities by pursuing entry-level technical positions in film and video production.

Units required for Major: 48

Units required for Certificate: 24-48

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
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 (32 units)
• Support courses (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.
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].

Additional Information:

NOTE: Students will have the opportunity to create and maintain a technical portfolio during their classes.

Core Courses (32 units)

ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing (4 units)
GID 33 Graphic Design Studio I (4 units)
THTR 1 Introduction to Theatre (4 units)
or THTR 8 Multicultural Theatre Arts in Modern America (4 units)
THTR 20A Acting I (4 units)
THTR 21A Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 25 Introduction to Fashion & Costume Construction (4 units)
or THTR 26 Introduction to Fashion History & Costume Design (4 units)
THTR 31 Management for the Theatre & Stage (4 units)
THTR 42 Introduction to Theatre Design (4 units)

Support Courses (16 units)


Select 8 units from the following:
ART 5A 2-D Foundations (4 units)
or ART 5B 3-D Foundations (4 units)
MTEC 86A Sound Reinforcement & Live Recording (4 units)
or MTEC 51A Studio Recording I (4 units)
THTR 21B Intermediate Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 21C Advanced Scenery & Properties Construction (4 units)
THTR 25B Fashion & Costume Construction II (4 units)
THTR 27 Lighting Design & Technology (4 units)
THTR 32 CAD Drafting for the Theatre, Film & Television (4 units)
THTR 32A Advanced CAD Drafting for the Theatre, Film & Television (4 units)
THTR 40A Basic Theatrical Makeup (4 units)
THTR 43A Script Analysis (4 units)

And 8 units from the following:
THTR 45A Technical Theatre in Production I (4 units)
THTR 45B Technical Theatre in Production II (4 units)
THTR 45C Technical Theatre in Production III (4 units)
THTR 45E Technical Theatre Management in Production (6 units)
THTR 45F Technical Theatre Management in Production II (6 units)

Certificate of Achievement in Theatre Technology (48 Units)

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core and support courses. General education courses are not required.

Theatre Technology Career Certificate (24 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

MTEC 86A Sound Reinforcement & Live Recording (4 units)
or MTEC 51A Studio Recording I (4 units)
THTR 21A Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 25 Introduction to Fashion & Costume Construction (4 units)
THTR 27 Lighting Design & Technology (4 units)
THTR 32 CAD Drafting for the Theatre, Film & Television (4 units)
THTR 42 Introduction to Theatre Design (4 units)

Theatre Production Organization Career Certificate (24 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

THTR 21A Scenery & Property Construction (4 units)
THTR 31 Management for the Theatre & Stage (4 units)
THTR 42 Introduction to Theatre Design (4 units)

And 12 units from the following:
THTR 45A Technical Theatre in Production I (4 units)
THTR 45B Technical Theatre in Production II (4 units)
THTR 45C Technical Theatre in Production III (4 units)
THTR 45D Technical Theatre in Production IV (4 units)
THTR 45E Technical Theatre Management in Production (6 units)
THTR 45F Technical Theatre Management in Production II (6 units)


Control Information:
2017-2018 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2017-04-11 09:46:58 | Dept Code: THTR

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