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Theatre Arts - Technical Theatre

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

Technical Theatre majors focus on stagecraft, lighting, sound, as well as general education theatre topics like theatre history and script analysis.  Technical Theatre majors 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 or design focus.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in theatrical productions each semester in either the Turner Studio Theatre or Kuss Auditorium located in the Clark State Performing Arts Center.  Students majoring in Technical Theatre must crew program productions as part of their coursework. 

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In order to finish a Theatre Arts - Technical Theatre 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 semesters of study.  Students should consult their academic advisor for help planning their schedules. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate theatre technology equipment skills including analyzing design packages and plots.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of all theatre personnel and use correct terminology.
  • Analyze a play’s action, structure, character, themes, and production values.
  • Differentiate among major periods in theatre history.

Download a curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
Fall
ENG 1111 English I 3
THE 1130 Theatre Appreciation 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication Ior  
COM 1120 Public Speaking Ior  
COM 1170 Small Group Communication 3
-- MTH elective* 3
THE 1111 Stagecraft I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
THE 1161 Technical Practicum I 1
 
Spring
ENG 1112 English II 3
THE 1133 Script Analysis 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
THE 1112 Stagecraft II 3
THE 2210 Stage Lighting 3
THE 1161 Technical Practicum I 1
 
Fall
THE 2241 Theatre History I 3
-- ENG elective** 3
-- Social Science elective*** 3
-- Natural Science elective**** 4
THE 1161 Technical Practicum I 1
 
Spring
THE 2242 Theatre History II 3
-- Social Science elective*** 3
-- Natural Science elective**** 4
HUM 2899 Capstone Seminar 3
THE 2220 Sound 3
THE 1161 Technical Practicum I 1
 
  Total Credit Hours 64

*Choose from MTH 1050, MTH 1280, MTH 1340, MTH 2100, MTH 2200, or MTH 2220

**Choose from ENG 1600, ENG 2300, ENG 2500, ENG 2610, or ENG 2620

***Choose from the following disciplines:  ECO, GEO, PLS, PSY, SOC, RST

****Choose from the following offerings:  BIO, CHM, GLG, PHY.  Choose one most suited to your transfer institution,  Choose from those listed under the Natural & Physical Sciences in the Transfer Module.

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 requirements are identified in the College catalog.  These classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area but may fall into other areas.

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 fall into other areas.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.