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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

*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.


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.

Program Learning Outcomes