Dramatic Arts Program



The Dramatic Arts program consists of an Associate of Arts degree. The AA degree consists of participation in the Mesa College Theatre Company (MCTC), plus two courses designed to complement the student's breadth of knowledge in the dramatic arts. MCTC is designed as a two-year training program encompassing study in the areas of acting, scenery, lighting, costumes, and management. Practical, hands-on production experience combined with more formal instruction provides a comprehensive introduction to the dramatic arts as either a career option or a field of study. Students planning to transfer to four-year schools should consult catalogs for those schools. Some courses listed below as electives may transfer only as electives, rather than as lower division requirements.

program Goals

This program is designed to provide a unique "hands-on" approach to the study of the dramatic arts. The core of the program is the Mesa College Theatre Company (MCTC), a two year curriculum which encompasses training in all aspects of the discipline. The program provides a solid foundation for the study of dramatic arts and enables students to obtain an Associate of Arts degree or complete preparation for the major in dramatic arts as necessary for transfer to a four-year school. The program also prepares students to pursue a career in various occupations throughout the entertainment and communication industries.

Award Type Units
Associate of Arts Degree:
Dramatic Arts 35-39*

*plus credits to satisfy District requirements and elective credits, as needed, to meet the 60 unit minimum.

Program Emphasis

This program emphasizes the study of dramatic arts through participation in all aspects of theatrical production. It is a comprehensive program providing practical and theoretical experiences for the student interested in the study and creation of the dramatic arts.

Career Options

The study of dramatic arts prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of areas both within and beyond the entertainment industries. Professional certificates and/or Advanced degrees, such as a baccalaureate degree, may be required for careers related to this field which include, but are not limited to, actor, director, casting director, agent, stage manager, designer, business manager, special events coordinator, producer, theatre manager, and teacher. The study of dramatic arts prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of areas both within and beyond the entertainment industries; dramatic arts students gain skill in oral communication, problem solving, self confidence, leadership, adaptability, and flexibility, as well as the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and work cooperatively with others. These skills aid students in whatever path they choose.

program learning outcomes

Students who complete the Dramatic Arts Program will be able to:

  • Expand their knowledge of the world and society and demonstrate it through drama.
  • Understand and describe plays and performance in terms of the questions they pose about themselves and their world.
  • Evaluate their emotional, behavioral, sensory and cognitive resources as they apply to the conventions of the theatre.
  • Appreciate the significance of a collaborative environment.
  • Incorporate the lessons learned through Dramatic Arts classes into their own lives, in whatever capacity it serves them.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.


Associate of Arts Degree

Dramatic Arts

The associate degree in Dramatic Arts certifies that a student has achieved a broad knowledge of the dramatic arts through a variety of specific experiences and, as a result, has produced a range of work signifying a thorough understanding of the discipline. This degree addresses the requirements for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and conservatory programs, and prepares students for entry-level careers in the entertainment industry as well.

The courses required for the major are intended to introduce the student to all aspects of theatre. Emphasis is placed on production, as participation results in active learning, allowing the student valuable hands-on experience. Through the course of the two year program, students will study acting scenery, costuming, lighting, and audio as well as being introduced to production and state management techniques and responsibilities.

While the required courses for the major in Dramatic Arts are intended to give the student a broad understanding of the various areas of study in the Dramatic Arts, required elective classes give the student the option to pursue one of those areas in more detail. For the student interested in acting, additional acting classes. movement classes or voice classes are recommended. The technician/ design student would pursue classes in art history, fashion history or practical lab courses. The student interested in production management should enroll in accounting and business classes that would further their base of knowledge in that area.

Recommended Electives: Dramatic Arts 70 , 71 , 260A .

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree .

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Courses Required for Major: Units
DRAM 105 Introduction to Dramatic Arts 3
DRAM 100A Fundamentals of Performance and Production I 4
DRAM 100B Fundamentals of Performance and Production II 4
DRAM 104A Theatre Company Performance I 1-2
DRAM 104B Theatre Company Performance II 1-2
DRAM 112 Introduction to Script Analysis 3
DRAM 124 Makeup for the Stage 3
DRAM 200A Fundamentals of Performance and Production III 4
DRAM 200B Fundamentals of Performance and Production IV 4
DRAM 204A Theatre Company Performance III 1-2
DRAM 204B Theatre Company Performance IV 1-2
Choose six units from the following:
DRAM 132 Beginning Acting 3
DRAM 133 Intermediate Acting 3
DRAM 165 Introduction to Stage Movement 3
ENGL 240 Shakespeare 3
COMS 101 Voice and Articulation 3
ARTF 100 Art Orientation 3
ARTF 151 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ARTF 152 Color Theory 3
ARTF 155A Freehand Drawing I 3
FASH 120 Fashion History and Trends 3
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 201 Recording Arts 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
ACCT 116A Financial Accounting 4
BUSE 150 Human Relations in Business 3
BUSE 201 Business Organization and Management 3
DRAM 235 Literature to Life - A Scene Study Course 2
DRAM 268 Experimental Theatre 1-3
DRAM 290 Independent Study 1-3
Total Units = 35-39

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.