2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 24, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts Technical Theatre Associate of Arts

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The Theatre Arts Technical Theatre Associate of Arts degree program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to obtain professional training and achieve an Associate Degree in Technical Theatre. With this degree, a student can transfer to an institution of higher learning which offers a BA in Drama Studies, Theatre Arts, Theatre Education, Technical Theatre and other related Liberal Arts degrees. A Baccalaureate Degree in Theatre Arts or higher is recommended for those considering a professional career in the entertainment industry or theatre. An Associate Degree would demonstrate commitment to the major for those transferring to other institutes of higher learning and may support attempts to gain entry-level employment as a Theatre Technician, Theatrical Stage Employee, Moving Picture Technician, Entertainment Artist, or in Allied Crafts.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills for entry level positions in the professional entertainment industry.
  • Demonstrate the basic components of stagecraft.
  • Demonstrate a variety of acting techniques.


Course ID Title Units
ETT 40   Stagecraft 3
ETT 100  * Applied Technical Theatre Production 2
ETT 142   Theatre Production 1 (2)
ETT 101  * Fundamentals of Design and Graphics for Theatre 3
TA 1   Fundamentals of Acting 3
  Select one course from Group 1 3
  Select one course from Group 2 2-3



Group 1:  
TA 20   Theatre Appreciation 3
TA 22   Musical Theatre History and Appreciation 3
TA 25   Theatre History - Primitive to Renaissance 3
Group 2:  
ETT 41  * Lighting Design Fundamentals 3
ETT 42   Costume Design 3
ETT 144   Theatre Scenery Painting 2
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description
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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