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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theater Arts, A.A.

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The Theater Arts Associate in Arts Degree will prepare graduates for entry-level employment in various aspects of theatre production, such as stage and production management, stagecraft (i.e. technical aspects of theatre such as lighting, sound, set, costume), as well as performance. The program also provides a variety of opportunities to transfer to four year colleges and universities, to a Connecticut State University including the CSCU Transfer Ticket. Utilizing place-based instruction, the Theatre Arts program is intimately connected to a variety of professional theaters in Hartford, giving our students a unique, immersive, and hands-on approach that links classroom study with practical experience. Students will be taught by theatre professionals from such institutions as Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, HartBeat Ensemble and Sea Tea Improv.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in Theatre Studies A.A. also available. For more information, visit or consult the Counseling Office at 860-906-5040.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform various job responsibilities of live theatre production through practical, hands-on, place-based experience
  2. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication, collaboration, goal-oriented problem solving, and time-management skills
  3. Develop poise, confidence, and stage presence through formal and/or informal performance
  4. Cultivate an aesthetic appreciation of the theatre through active engagement with live performance and creative expression
  5. Identify and critically evaluate the history, trends, and diverse cultural perspectives in theatre
  6. Recognize and reflect critically upon the ethical dimensions of drama as a social, cultural, and political art form that responds to and impacts society
  7. Create community-based theatre experiences through collaboration with local theatre companies and/or surrounding communities

Please see Becoming Connecticut State Community College  for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.  

Degree Requirements

First Semester (15-16 Credits)

Second Semester (15 Credits)

Third Semester (15 Credits)

Fourth Semester (15 Credits)

Total Credits: 60-61

1 Free elective recommendations for those considering theatre management or other non-performance tracks as a career: BMK* 201 - Principles of Marketing , BMK* 123 - Principles of Customer Service , BMG* 202 - Principles of Management , BES* 118 - Small Business Management .

Other free elective recommendations: COM* 154 - Film Study and Appreciation , ART* 100 - Art Appreciation , 200-level English courses including Short Story, Poetry, Creative Writing, Contemporary Literature, Latin American Literature, African- American Literature, American Literature, Music, etc.

2 Theatre elective options may include, but are not limited to the following: Playwriting, THR* 115 - Improvisation , Theatre Practicum II (THR* 290 ), ENG 214 Drama, THR* 225 - Directing , theatre Education, and other theatre courses to be developed. Students within the program are encouraged to take a variety of theatre courses to explore their own interests and career paths.

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