Theatre Arts - AA-T

The Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Theatre Arts develops a well-rounded theatre artist through the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440). The law states that students will have guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus upon successful completion of the specified program requirements. This degree provides students with transfer preparation and pre-professional training. The AA-T in Theatre Arts emphasizes the hands-on, collaborative experience of theatrical production, building students' skills in performance and technical theatre. Students should consult with a counselor to determine whether this degree is the best option for their transfer goals.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this AA-T degree, students must complete the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements:

  • completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better; 
  • completion of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  • certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommended that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in Theatre should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

THART 100 Introduction to the Theatre 3
THART 120 Acting Fundamentals I 3
THART 114x4 Rehearsal and Performance 4
THART 160x4 Technical Theatre in Production 3
LIST A: 9 UNITS (3 Courses) not used in Required Core: Units
THART 105 Script Analysis 3
THART 121 Acting Fundamentals II 3
THART 132 Lighting Design Fundamentals 3
THART 136 Introduction to Theatre Design 3
THART 139 Fundamentals of Costume Design 3
THART 165 Stage Makeup 3
THART 114x4 Rehearsal and Performance 4
THART 160x4 Technical Theatre in Production 3
MAJOR TOTAL: 18-19 Units
Total units that may be double-counted: 3 Units
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 39-42 Units
CSU electives (as needed to reach 60 transferrable units): 5-8 Units
Total Units 60
  1. Assess the historical, social, artistic, and philosophical relevance of theatre
  2. Evaluate and analyze a script for rehearsal and performance
  3. Demonstrate basic skills and apply a basic craft of acting in performance
  4. Analyze a script to create a design concept
  5. Create a design from a design concept

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