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Associate of Arts - Theater Arts Emphasis

Put Theory Into Practice

The Associate of Arts/ Theatre Arts emphasis is designed for students who want to earn an Associate of Arts/University and College transfer degree and to complete the lower division Theatre Arts course requirements for transfer to a 4-year institution. While the current program is designed for transfer to Western Washington University, we are in the process of developing working agreements with the other 4-year schools in the state. Students who graduate from SVC with an AA/UCT degree in Theatre Arts do have the option of declaring a major other than Theatre Arts when they transfer.

Core Theatre Arts Courses

All students who are enrolled in the Theater Arts emphasis are required to take the following courses:

Acting 1 – this is an introduction to the art and craft of acting that includes voice, movement and the basic theory and practice of realistic acting. The course highlights the theories of Constantine Stanislavski and Sanford Meisner.

Introduction to Theatre – this course introduces students to the history and social/political context of the theatre arts. You will also study the work of the actor, director, playwright and designer and the theories and production practices of the theatre arts as they have changed throughout history.

Introduction to Dramatic Literature – this course will cover a broad sampling of plays from different time periods and cultures focusing on social context, play construction, themes and form.

Stage Craft – You will study the planning, drafting, construction and rigging of scenery in a practical laboratory setting. This course will include one production crew assignment.

Introduction to Stage Lighting – This course includes the planning and rigging of stage lighting, the operation of stage lighting control equipment, lighting design theory, color and basic electricity. This course is also taught in a practical laboratory setting with lots of hands-on work.

You are required to take 10 elective credits as part of the degree program. You can choose electives from a variety of advanced acting and directing classes, including acting Shakespeare, auditioning, improvisation and scene study. Other electives have included writing for the stage and screen, stage management, acting for the camera and stand-up comedy.

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Why You Should Select SVC

  • At SVC you will put theory into practice. You will have the opportunity to act, direct, design and produce your own writing in main stage and studio productions. You will not be competing with juniors and seniors for roles or other production opportunities.
  • SVC has a nationally known curriculum. It is based on the premise that students learn best when they are part of a supportive community of learners. You will take many courses as learning communities – two or more courses taught together by two or more instructors. For theatre students, these courses allow you to use the collaborative skills that are so important to your work in the theatre. SVC has recently been named one of the top 30 community colleges in the country.
  • SVC has an exceptional faculty. They are experts in their disciplines who are dedicated to your success as a learner.
  • Drama Scholarships are available. A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available to talented  and motivated students. Auditions and/or interviews are required. Students in all areas are eligible for scholarships including acting, directing, playwrighting, design and technical theatre. Contact drama instructor for details.
  • Training in acting and directing Shakespeare. While a variety of styles are studied and performed at SVC, Shakespearean performance is one of our specialties.