Associate of Arts in Technical Theater

This career-oriented program includes course work in technical theater skills (stagecraft, lighting and design, music and audio engineering), studio and performing arts, and general management; an internship is required.

Learning Outcomes for Technical Theater Majors

Competency #1: Awareness of and Competency in 21st Century Literacies
Students will:

  1. Be able to produce an electronic portfolio of their learning journey, specifically focused on the degree program, in hopes it will become a lifelong process.
  2. Demonstrate creativity and collaboration.
  3. Expand their global awareness and exposure to diversity and communities.
  4. Be able to use information and computer technology.
  5. Have an increased civic and economic awareness.
  6. Demonstrate basic quantitative reasoning and skills, especially geospatial literacy.
  7. Have opportunities to develop leadership.
  8. Develop their personal learning network.
  9. Be employable in a 21st-century work environment.
  10. Be aware of the environmental implications of their discipline.

Competency #2: General Backstage Knowledge and Aptitude
Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of stage etiquette, correct communication, and nomenclature.
  2. Demonstrate safety and hazard awareness.
  3. Understand the organization structure of the theater, related job descriptions, and fulfilling their position(s) within.
  4. Consistently exhibit professional attitude, attendance, and behavior.
  5. Students will collaborate and communicate productively with the crew.

Competency #3: Basic Stage Carpentry Skills
Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fly system: loading, mechanics, safety, and flying.
  2. Understand sight lines, trims, proper handling of masking and drops.
  3. Understand basic rigging: knots, shackles, slings, wire clamps, etc.
  4. Understand basic set assembly: basic tools and safety, flats and platform, construction, jacks, pipe structures, etc.
  5. Load-in, set-up, and load-out road shows of all types.
  6. Collaborate and communicate productively with a diversity of visions.

Competency #4: Basic Knowledge of Stage Lighting and Set Design and Implementation for Theater, Music, and Dance
Students will:

  1. Analyze a script, present a story board or creative interpretation and concept of the design.
  2. Draft a lighting plot, with all related paper work: patch, instrument schedule, cut list, focus chart, etc.
  3. Understand WYSIWYG and Emphasis software.
  4. Operate, design with, and understand intelligent fixtures and other DMX accessories.
  5. Understand stage electrics: safety, loads, instruments, maintenance, read, hang, circuit, focus, color, and trouble shoot a plot.
  6. Demonstrate basic board skills: load a plot, patch, record Q's, Subs, and operate.
  7. Design a show: document collaboration from concept to actualization.

Competency #5: Basic Knowledge of Sound Systems, Be Able to Set Up, Understand Components, Operate for Theater, Music, and Dance
Students will:

  1. Understand and use Digital Performer software and other Audio programs.
  2. Have a basic understanding of sound theory including EQ, decibels, frequencies, etc.
  3. Understand basic system set-ups: Dibden, Performance Space, and Andy Shapiro Recording Studio, including: power, tie-ins, FOH, Monitors, Amps, crossover, and drive rack configurations.
  4. Design sound plots with speaker and mic placement, theory, and practice, in each genre.
  5. Mix live and for recording when possible for all genres: rock, classical, jazz, folk, pop, theater and musical theater.
  6. Be able to set up headsets, hard of hearing systems, lectures, etc., independently.
  7. Load-in, set-up, and load-out different road shows.
  8. Collaborate and communicate productively with a diversity of visitors.

Required Courses

Credits

Semester

THA-1041

Introduction to Theater Arts

3

__________

THA-1111

Stagecraft

3

__________

THA-2020

Theater Lab (4 times; 2 upper-level, 2 lower-level)

12

__________

THA-2810

Internship in Theater

6

__________

Required Courses

Credits

Semester

THA-3130

Introduction to Scene Design and Stage Lighting

3

__________

CIS-1041

Microcomputer Applications I

3

__________

Career Concentration Component

This component permits students to customize and focus their studies. Students must complete all course work listed within at least one of the following clusters and must complete 12 credits in all:

Performing Arts (Take three of the following courses)

THA-1040

Interpreting Contemporary Dramatic Literature

3

__________

THA-2030

Costume History and Design

3

__________

THA-2035

Costume Construction and Stage Make-Up

3

__________

THA-2121

Acting I

3

__________

Business Management

BUS-2020

Principles of Management

3

__________

BUS-2140

Personal Finance

3

__________

BUS-2410

Human Resource Management

3

__________

Computer Information Systems

CIS-2220

Web Site Design

3

__________

CIS-3040

Database

3

__________

CIS-4120

Systems Analysis and Design

3

__________

Music and Audio Technology

MUS-2160

Introduction to Technology in Music

3

__________

MUS-2231

Studio Recording I

3

__________

MUS-3272

Studio Recording II

3

__________

Fine and Studio Arts

ARH-2010

Survey of Western Traditions in Art

3

__________

ART-1011

Drawing I

3

__________

ART-1140

Design

3

__________

Total

 

42