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Theatre Arts - Option One: Performance

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

Clark State offers two programs in theatre, both developed in conjunction with Clark State’s Performing Arts Center in downtown Springfield. The first option is an associate of arts degree with a performing arts concentration that focuses on acting, voice, theatre history, etc. Performance students will most likely transfer to university programs with a performance focus. The second option is an associate of arts degree with a technical theatre concentration that focuses on stagecraft, lighting, and sound. Students who enroll in this program should be prepared for entry-level technical careers at the end of the two years of full-time study, although some students may choose to transfer to university programs with a technical focus.

Students in both programs will be involved with theatrical productions produced by the Theatre Arts Program held in either the Turner Studio Theatre or Kuss Auditorium. Additionally, students may also have the opportunity to work backstage on visiting touring productions at the Performing Arts Center.

In order to finish a theatre arts degree in two years, full-time students should have completed all prerequisites and have no college preparatory requirements. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking preparatory courses will require additional quarters of study. Students should consult their academic advisor for help planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an associate degree in Theatre Arts Performance or Technical Theatre, a graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate auditioning and performance skills and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of all theatre personnel and use correct theatre terminology.
  • Analyze a play’s action, structure, character, themes, and production values.
  • Differentiate among major periods in theatre history.

Theatre Arts – Option One: Performance (311)
It is mandatory for performance majors to audition for all Theatre Program productions, however, they are only required to perform in three shows during their years of study.

Area 1 - English (6 credit hours)
Grades of C or better in ENG 1111 English I and ENG 1112 English II are required for graduation with the AA degree.

Area 2 – Communication (3 credit hours)
At least one class from COM 1100, 1120, 1170, 2220

Area 3 – Literature, the Arts, and Humanities (15 credit hours)
Five courses. Must include both THE 1130 and THE 1133. At least one is chosen from ENG 1600, 2250, 2300, 2500, 2610, 2620; at least one from HST or PHL, and at least one additional class from ART 1300, 1330, 1340; MUS 1300; SPN 1111, 1112, 2211, 2212; FRN 1111, 1112; HST; PHL; or ENG 1600, 2250, 2300, 2500, 2610, 2620

Area 4 - Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
Three courses. Must include PSY 1111 and two courses listed under Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or Regional Studies.

Area 5 - Mathematics & Computers (3 credit hours)
At least one course from those listed under Mathematics (in the Transfer Module). This includes MTH 1050, 1280, 1340, 2100, 2200, 2220, 2240, 2330, 2530, STT 2640, STT 2650.

Area 6 - Natural Sciences (8-10 credit hours)
Many options are available; choose one most suited to your transfer institution.

At least two classes from BIO, CHM, GLG, PHY; taken from those listed under Natural & Physical Sciences in the Transfer Module. 

Foundations (1 credit hour)
Effective Fall 2012, all students pursuing an AA or AS degree must take GEN 1100, College Readiness.  GEN 1100 should be taken as early as possible in a student’s academic career.

Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
All students pursuing either the AA or AS degree are required to take the Capstone Seminar (HUM 2899). Students must have earned at least 45 credit hours prior to taking the course and must take the course for graduation. The course will assess student achievement of specific AA/AS program goals.

Concentration/Elective (12-25 credit hours)
Must include THE 1107, 1140, 2201, 2202 and THE 1151 (taken each semester for 4 total credit hours) and THE 2241 and 2242.  

Global Awareness
In recognition of the growing importance of global awareness, the College also requires that students receiving the Associate of Arts degree take at least four courses with significant international content. Courses meeting the requirement are identifed in the College catalog. These classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in Areas 2 - 6 above.

Advanced Courses
In addition to the Capstone Seminar, all students pursuing an AA degree are required to complete at least 6 credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher. These classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in Areas 2 - 6 above.

Total Credit Hours 70

* The number of credit hours and courses may vary with specific curriculum guides. Check with your advisor first.