Fine and Performing Arts AA – Technical Theatre Production Option

Code: AA.FPA.THTR.TECH

The Theatre Arts: Technical Theatre Production option prepares a student with the basics in technical theatre.  It is designed to offer a student the opportunity to learn set design, scenic art, lighting design, stage electrics, stage management and stage crew.  This option will equip the student with a deeper knowledge in technical theatre so that they can either join the workforce or move onto a four-year institution where they can choose a specific area in technical theatre.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a basic, hands-on knowledge of a variety of technical aspects in the theatre. Read and comprehend a ground plan and demonstrate an understanding of working in different theatrical spaces; arena, thrust, black box, proscenium, etc.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of stage lighting, including how to wire lighting instruments and the basics of electricity; watts, volts and amps. Read and comprehend a light plot and how to hang, focus and gel instruments according to designers.
  • Operate a fly system, follow spot-video projections, lighting board and sound board.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the business of show business, including the various resources available for finding work and joining the unions.
  • Gain the experience, both hands-on and in the classroom, to be able to assimilate easily to compete in this field and to continue their training in a professional technical theatre program either at a college or apprenticeship program.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
THR-110Basic Act Techniques

3

THR-131Stagecraft and Lighting

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Second Semester

MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
THR-120Stage Make-Up

1

THR-231Stage Electrics

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Third Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Humanities Electives** 6
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Diversity Elective* 3
THR-217Theatre Performance and Production

2

-or

THR-232Stage Management

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Free Elective‡ 2-4
THR-215Directing for the Stage

3

-or

THR-216Theatre Production Workshop

4

Total Credit Hours:16-18

THR-215: Offered only in spring semesters, even-numbered years.

THR-216: Offered only in spring semesters, odd-numbered years.

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

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours:2-6

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

THR-110Basic Act Techniques

3

THR-120Stage Make-Up

1

THR-131Stagecraft and Lighting

3

THR-231Stage Electrics

3

THR-215Directing for the Stage

3

-or

THR-216Theatre Production Workshop

4

THR-217Theatre Performance and Production

2

-or

THR-232Stage Management

1

THR-215: Offered only in spring semesters, even-numbered years.

THR-216: Offered only in spring semesters, odd-numbered years.

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours:2-6

Total Credit Hours: 14-16

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN). Recommended: THR-101 Introduction to the Theatre; MUS-110 Music, Art, & Drama; THR-109 History of the Musical Theatre; THR-140 Introduction to the Cinema.

***Offered only in spring semesters, even-numbered years.

****Offered only in spring semesters, odd-numbered years.

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or one of the following: COM-106 TV Production; DFT-210 Computer Aided Drafting; THR-236 Lighting Design.