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Theatre Arts - Technical Theatre

Theatre Arts - Technical Theatre

This program is available at the 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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Outcomes and Curriculum

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 theatre terminology.
  • Analyze a play's action, structure, character, themes, and production values.
  • Differentiate among major periods in theatre history.
Course Title Credits
ENG 1111 English I 3
THE 1111 Stagecraft I 3
THE 1130 Theatre Appreciation 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
-- MTH elective* 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
THE 1121 Theatre Technology Practicum I 1
ENG 1112 English II 3
THE 1112 Stagecraft II 3
THE 1133 Script Analysis 3
THE 2201 Acting I 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I  
or COM 1120 Public Speaking I  
or COM 1170 Small Group Communication 3
THE 1101 Acting Practicum I 1
THE 2241 Theatre History I 3
-- ASL, SPN, or FRN 3
-- Social Science elective** 3
-- Natural Science elective*** 4
THE 1122 Theatre Technology Practicum II 1
THE 2242 Theatre History II 3
-- Social Science elective** 3
-- Natural Science elective*** 4
PHL 2000 Critical Thinking 3
-- THE elective**** 3
THE 2123 Theatre Technology Practicum III 1
  Total credit hours 64
*Choose from MTH 1070, MTH 1280, MTH 1340, MTH 2100, MTH 2200, or MTH 2220

**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.

****Choose from THE 1115, THE 2215, THE 2230, THE 2235, THE 2240, or THE 2280.

Global AwarenessIn 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 CoursesAll 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.

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.