Fine and Performing Arts AA – Acting Option

Code: AA.FPA.THTR.ACT

The Theatre Arts: Acting option focuses on the craft of acting.  Through discipline, instruction and performance, the student will be prepared to audition for professional productions as well as continue their studies in acting at a four-year institution.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a variety of methods of acting, such as those of Constantine Stanislavsky and Sanford Meisner.
  • Learn how to analyze a script, block a scene, and build a character
  • Demonstrate the physical and vocal technique needed to work in proscenium, three-quarters, and in-the-round (arena) settings.
  • Perform in the different styles of these genres, from period pieces to contemporary plays.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline required to work in a professional setting by having experienced the demands of a rehearsal schedule and of maintaining a strong performance during the run of the show.
  • Gain a greater appreciation of the technical, backstage, and design elements of theatre by having worked in various technical capacities in the Theatre Department.
  • Prepare at least three audition pieces (monologues)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the business of show business, including the various resources available for finding work, how to behave in different audition settings, purchasing headshots, writing a resume, and joining the unions.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective: One 4-cr general education course in Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF (INF-102)] 4
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102   3
THR-101Introduction to the Theatre

3

THR-110Basic Act Techniques

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

  Free Elective** 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
THR-131Stagecraft and Lighting

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

HIS  History Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective 4
  Diversity Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective 4
  Social Science Elective 3

THR-120Stage Make-Up

1

THR-214Audition Techniques

2

Total Credit Hours:13

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field:

Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Natural Science Electives
8
  Mathematics: One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF] 4
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective**

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

THR-110Basic Act Techniques

3

THR-120Stage Make-Up

1

THR-131Stagecraft and Lighting

3

THR-214Audition Techniques

2

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Recommended: IST-123 Success 101