2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 23, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts Performance and Acting Associate of Arts

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The Theatre Arts Performance and Acting Associate of Arts Degree program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to obtain professional training and achieve an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts. With this degree, a student can transfer to an institution of higher learning which offers a BA or BFA in Drama Studies, Theatre Arts, Theatre Education and other related Liberal Arts degrees. Students should consult the transfer institutions for concentration specific requirements. A Baccalaureate Degree in Theatre Arts or higher is recommended for those considering a professional career in Performance and Acting. An Associate of Arts degree would demonstrate commitment to the major for those transferring to other institutes of higher learning and may support attempts to gain employment in performance, acting, or voice over work.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to

  • Recognize standard practices of ensemble playing in a rehearsal/performance environment
  • Compare and analyze the theories and techniques of acting from a historical perspective
  • Analyze texts and scripts as they pertain to performance
  • Demonstrate skill for technical aspects of acting, including physical, vocal, imaginative, analytical and emotional elements
  • Compare and contrast theatrical periods and styles in terms of acting, directing, playwriting, and technical elements
  • Apply imagination and character analysis to identify and describe the personality and motivations of a given character
  • Apply technical processes, including lighting, set, costume, and/or stage make-up design, as they pertain to a given dramatic script


Course ID Title Units
ETT 40   Stagecraft 3
TA 1   Fundamentals of Acting 3
TA 2  * Scene Study I 3
TA 3  * Scene Study II 3
TA 11   Stage Movement 3
TA 35   Voice and Diction 3
  Select 2-3 units from Group 1: Rehearsal, Performance, and Production 2-3
  Select one course from Group 2: Appreciation and History 3
  Select one course from Group 3: Theatre Electives 3


Group 1: Rehearsal, Performance, and Production (select 2-3 units)  
ETT 142   Theatre Production 1 (2)
TA 15  * Rehearsal and Performance - Drama 3
TA 16  * Rehearsal and Performance - Comedy 3
TA 17  * Rehearsal and Performance - Mixed Genres 3
TA 19  * Rehearsal and Performance - Musical Theatre 3
TA 113  * Rehearsal and Performance – Children’s Theatre 3
Group 2: Appreciation and History (select one course)  
TA 20   Theatre Appreciation 3
TA 25   Theatre History - Primitive to Renaissance 3
TA 22   Musical Theatre History and Appreciation 3
Group 3: Theatre Electives (select one course)  
ETT 41  * Lighting Design Fundamentals 3
ETT 42   Costume Design 3
ETT 101  * Fundamentals of Design and Graphics for Theatre 3
TA 4  * Acting Styles I 3
TA 10   Musical Theatre Techniques 3
TA 12  * Directing 3
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.  
If ETT 142 is selected, course needs to be taken two times.  


Associate of Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.


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