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Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

THEATER ARTS

The Theater Arts Department provides student opportunities to study the art and craft of theater. Students who enroll in the Associate in Arts in TheaterArts for transfer degree prepare for transfer education and/or careers related to theatrical history and literature, performance, design/technology, and management. Theater Arts Majors are introduced to theatrical history and literature, scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and make-up design and technology, acting, directing, and management through coursework and production opportunities. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are acquired through production assignments. Students are encouraged to develop academic and artistic skills enabling them to be successful in further study or employment. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Theater Arts.

Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts for Transfer

The Theater Arts Department provides student opportunities to study the art and craft of Theater. Students who enroll in the Associate in Arts in Theater Arts for transfer degree prepare for transfer education and/or careers related to theatrical history and literature, performance, design/technology, and management. Theater Arts Majors are introduced to theatrical history and literature, scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and make-up design and technology, acting, directing, and management through coursework and production opportunities. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are acquired through production assignments. Students are encouraged to develop academic and artistic skills enabling them to be successful in further study or employment. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Theater Arts.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the historical context of theater and drama, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture.
  • Have a practical, working knowledge of how to produce a play on stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical aspects.
  • Have the ability to critically evaluate what they and others have created.
  • Develop necessary skills to be proficient in an area of theatre (performance, technical, directing, or theatre management) with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve specific problems pertaining to that area.
  • Have experience with individual and collaborative processes needed to produce and understand theatre.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Theater Arts for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core:
Theater Arts G100/Humanities G132 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
or
Theater Arts G111 – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 – 3 units
and
Theater Arts G106 – Acting 1 – 3 units

Rehearsal and Performance or Technical Theater Practicum (max 3 units)
Theater Arts G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 1 – 2 units

List A: 9 units
Theater Arts G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units
Theater Arts G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units
Theater Arts G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units
Theater Arts G177 – Make-Up – 3 units
Theater Arts G178 – Introduction to Stage Costume – 3 units

(If not used in Core – max 3 units)
Theater Arts G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 1 – 2 units

Total units: 18


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts for Transfer

Semester 1
Theater G100/Hum G132 (Core) – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
or
Theater G111 (Core) – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 (Fall) – 3 units
and
Theater G106 (Core) – Acting 1 – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Theater elective select 9 units from: (List A)
Theater G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units
Theater G175 – Stage Scenery (Fall) – 3 units
Theater G176 – Stage Lighting (Spring) – 3 units
Theater G177 – Make-up (Fall) – 3 units
Theater G178 – Intro to Stage Costume (Spring) – 3 units

and 3 units from:
Theater G115, G125, G135, G170, G210 – Prod/Performance – 1 – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Theater G111 (Core) – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 (Fall) – 3 units

or

Theater elective (List A):
Theater G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units
Theater G175  – Stage Scenery (Fall) – 3 units
Theater G176 – Stage Lighting (Spring) – 3 units
Theater G177 – Make-up (Fall) – 3 units

Theater G178 – Intro to Stage Costume (Spring) – 3 units
and
Theater G115, G125, G135, G170, G210 – Prod/Performance – 1 – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Theater elective (List A):
Theater G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units
Theater G175 – Stage Scenery (Fall) – 3 units
Theater G176 – Stage Lighting (Spring) – 3 units
Theater G177 – Make-up (Fall) – 3 units

Theater G178 – Intro to Stage Costume (Spring) – 3 units
and
Theater G115, G125, G135,G170, G210 – Prod/Performance – 1 – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18-19 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 6 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 8-11 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.


Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts

The Theater Arts Major provides student opportunities to study the art and craft of theater. Careers for the Theater Arts major include actor, director, producer, dramaturge, designer, technician and craftsperson, stage manager, arts manager, choreographer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, art consultant, communications, public relations and marketing, and teaching in secondary and postsecondary education. Students learn and acquire skills in the historical, theoretical, and pragmatic elements of Theater Arts.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the historical context of theater and drama, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture.
  • Have a practical, working knowledge of how to produce a play on stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical aspects.
  • Have the ability to critically evaluate what they and others have created.
  • Develop necessary skills to be proficient in an area of theatre (performance, technical, directing, or theatre management) with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve specific problems pertaining to that area.
  • Have experience with individual and collaborative processes needed to produce and understand theatre.
Required courses

Theater Arts G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
or
Humanities G132 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
or
Theater Arts G111 – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 – 3 units
or
Theater Arts G112 – Theater History and Literature – 1800 to Modern – 3 units
and
Theater Arts G106 – Acting 1 – 3 units

Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:
Theater Arts G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1 – 2 units
Theater Arts G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units

Choose 9 units from the following:
Theater Arts G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units
Theater Arts G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units
Theater Arts G177 – Make-Up – 3 units
Theater Arts G178 – Introduction to Stage Costume – 3 units

Total Units 18


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts

Semester 1
Theater G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
or
Theater G111 – History/Literature to the 1800’s (Fall) – 3 units
or
Theater G112 – History/Literature 1800 to Modern (Fall) – 3 units
and
Theater G175 – Stage Scenery (Fall) – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Theater G106 – Acting 1 – 3 units
and
Theater G176 – Stage Lighting (Spring) – 3 units
or
Theater G115, G125, G135, G170, G210 Prod/Performance – 1 – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Theater G177 – Make-up (Fall) – 3 units
or
Theater elective

Theater G102 – History and Appreciation of the Cinema – 3 units
Theater G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units
Theater G108 – History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater – 3 units
Theater G110 – Acting for the Camera – 3 units
Theater G146 – Broadway and Opera Singing – 3 units
Theater G160 – Introduction to Stage Direction – 3 units

Theater G161 – Stage Management – 3 units
and
Theater G115, G125, G135, G170, G210 Prod/Performance – 1 – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Theater G178 – Intro to Stage Costume (Spring) – 3 unit
and
Theater elective

Theater G102 – History and Appreciation of the Cinema – 3 units
Theater G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units
Theater G108 – History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater – 3 units
Theater G110 – Acting for the Camera – 3 units
Theater G146 – Broadway and Opera Singing – 3 units
Theater G160 – Introduction to Stage Direction – 3 units
Theater G161 – Stage Management – 3 units

Theater G188 – Stage Movement 1 (Spring) – 3 units
or
Theater G115, G125, G135, G170, G210 Prod/Performance – 1 – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18 units
GWC GE Pattern, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician – Certificate of Achievement

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Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician – Certificate of Achievement

The goal of the Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician Certificate is to provide students with a course of study leading to certification and employment, and prepare the student for occupational competency as a Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician in educational, community and professional theater venues, theme parks, television and motion picture studios and special events

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Execute scenery, lighting and/or projection design for a live theatrical producti
  • Formulate and evaluate general drawing, theatrical painting skills, principles of color theory and paint mixing.
  • Construct, rig and operate scenery for a live theatrical production.
  • Execute projection designs, construct, rig and operate mixers, monitors, and projectors (both single and multiple screens) for a live theatrical production.
  • Generate still and moving-image content, perform fundamental image and video editing and prepare media for projection for a live theatrical production.
  • Identify and explain theory of stage lighting including functions and qualities of light, principles of electricity and color theory, and mount, maintain, and operate lighting instruments and equipment for various types of live theatrical production.
  • Be required to view live theater productions, opera productions, symphonic, pop and classical music concerts and/or dance concerts to generate discussion of contemporary scenic, lighting and projection design projects and for the purpose of create considerations and written critical evaluation.
Required courses

THEA G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
THEA G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units
THEA G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units
THEA G185 – Stage Scenery 2 – Projection Design and Production – 3 units
THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 2 units
THEA G126 – Play Production and Performance 2 – 1 unit
THEA G211 – Musical Theater Production and Performance 2 – 2 units

Total units: 17


Semester at a Glance – Certificate of Achievement

Semester 1
Theater G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
Theater G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units
Theater G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 2 units

Semester 2
Theater G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units
Theater G185 – Stage Scenery 2 – Projection Design – 3 units
Theater G126 – Play Production/Performance 2 – 1 unit
Theater G211 – Musical Theater Prod/Performance 2 – 2 units

Total Units: 17

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THEATER ARTS G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to the Theater
(Same as: Humanities G132)
A course designed to introduce students to all aspects of theater. This course examines theater history, acting, directing and the technical elements of scenery, lighting, sound, costume and make-up. Lecture, demonstration, and classroom participation will be utilized. Students are required to see college produced plays. C-ID: THTR 111 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G102 – 3 Units
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History and Appreciation of the Cinema
(Same as: Humanities G135)
This course is designed for students who want to develop an appreciation for and obtain a perspective on the cinema, including its historical, artistic, cultural and myth-making aspects. Topics will include film genres, filmmaking techniques (e.g. what does a director do? What is editing?), film language, narrative devices, themes, film theory and criticism, film studios and the star system, relationship between film and literature, and other subjects. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G106 – 3 Units
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Acting 1
(Formerly known as: Acting Fundamentals)
This course is an introduction to the discipline of acting. Areas of study include basic acting techniques, interaction, characterization and emotion. Students are expected to participate in class exercises and improvisations, prepare memorized scenes and criticize various acting techniques orally and in writing. This course is required for Theater Arts majors. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. C-ID: THTR 151 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G107 – 3 Units
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Acting 2
Prerequisites: Theater Arts G106 or instructor approval
This course is an intermediate course in acting with special focus on characterization, emotion, movement, vocal techniques, improvisation, audition techniques and scene study. The acting student will work with selected contemporary dramatic and comedic scenes on an intermediate level. Students are required to see Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. C-ID: THTR 152 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G108 – 3 Units
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History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater
(Same as: Humanities G108, Music G108)
This course explores all of the elements which make the Musical Theater one of the premier art forms of the 21st Century. Emphasis will be placed on the history of the musical and on examining the roles of the composer, librettist, lyricist, choreographer, director, performer, designer, and others relative to creating a musical theater production. DVD/video/broadcast television, film and performances will be utilized to enhance the student’s knowledge of the subject. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G110 – 3 Units
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Acting for the Camera
This course encompasses the study and exercise in the special techniques of acting for the motion picture and television cameras. Areas of study include development of basic on-camera acting techniques for film, video and television. Students are expected to participate in on-camera class exercises and improvisations, prepare memorized scenes and, orally and in writing, critique acting techniques and skills found in film, video and television productions. Emphasis will be placed on the audition process for commercials and TV/film technique along with the understanding of the various camera angles, shots, positions and actor behaviors unique to acting before a camera. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only.  Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G111 – 3 Units
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Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800
(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G101, Humanities G130)
This course will introduce the historical and literary origins of theater from Classical Greece to 1800 through a study of dramatic literature. The general nature of dramatic presentation including elements of dramatic structure, types of drama, and the contributions of the playwright, actor, director, designer, technician and audience will be included. The course includes an introduction to the important eras in theater history through the literary analysis and study of several well-known plays. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. C-ID: THTR 113 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G112 – 3 Units
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Theater History and Literature – 1800 to Modern
(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G101, Humanities G130)
This course will introduce the historical and literary origins of theater from 1800 to modern theater through a study of dramatic literature. The general nature of dramatic presentation including elements of dramatic structure, types of drama, and the contributions of the playwright, actor, director, designer, technician and audience will be included. The course includes an introduction to the important eras in theater history through the literary analysis and study of several well-known plays. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G115 – 1-2 Units
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Theater Practicum 1 – Performance
(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G142, Theater Workshop, Theater Pract)
Prerequisites: Audition/Interview
Students in this course are given practical experience in theatrical acting, rehearsal and performance at an introductory level. Actors will be selected through the audition/ interview process. C-ID: THTR 191 Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G116 – 1-2 Units
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Theater Practicum 2
Students in this course are given practical experience in each area of theatrical performance and production at a beginning level. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G117 – 1-2 Units
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Theater Practicum 3
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Students in this course are given practical experience in each area of theatrical performance and production at an intermediate level. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G118 – 1-2 Units
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Theater Practicum 4
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Students in this course are given practical experience in each area of theatrical performance and production at an advanced level. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G120 – 3 Units
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Appreciation of the Theater
This course will introduce students to the full spectrum of live theatrical plays in performance with emphasis on theater history and the role of the director, designer and actor. This course will enable students to understand, appreciate and evaluate live theatrical plays in performance. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G125 – 1- 2 Units
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Play Performance 1
(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G171, Play Production, Play Production)
Prerequisites: Audition/Interview
Participation, at an introductory level, in the acting, rehearsal and performance of theatrical productions presented to the community. Actors will be selected through the audition/interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G126 – 1-2 Units
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Play Production and Performance 2
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Participation, at a beginning level, in the preparation of theatrical productions presented to the community in one or more of the following areas: stage scenery building and painting, stage lighting, stage makeup, stage costumes, house management, stage management and acting. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G127 – 1-2 Units
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Play Production and Performance 3
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Participation, at an intermediate level, in the preparation of theatrical productions presented to the community in one or more of the following areas: stage scenery building and painting, stage lighting, stage makeup, stage costumes, house management, stage management and acting. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G128 – 1-2 Units
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Play Production and Performance 4
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Participation, at an advanced level, in the preparation of theatrical productions presented to the community in one or more of the following areas: stage scenery building and painting, stage lighting, stage makeup, stage costumes, house management, stage management and acting. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G135 – 1-2 Units
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Classical Play Performance 1
(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G172, Classical Play Production)
Prerequisites: Audition/Interview
At an introductory level, instruction and participation in theatre rehearsal and performance of classical plays (Greek, Roman, Elizabethan and 16th through 19th century) presented to the community. Student will explore social and moral attitudes and customs of historical periods. Actors will be selected through the audition/interview process. Strongly recommended for theater majors. C-ID: THTR 191 Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G136 – 1-2 Units
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Classical Play Production and Performance 2
At a beginning level, participation in the preparation of productions of classical plays (Greek, Roman, Elizabethan and 16th through 19th) presented to the community. Students will explore social and moral attitudes and customs of historical periods. Student will be introduced to the following areas of concentration: scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, house management, publicity, marketing and/or acting. Actors will be selected through audition and all others will identify a preference for production assignments. Strongly recommended for theater majors. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G137 – 1-2 Units
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Classical Play Production and Performance 3
Advisories: Audition/Interview
At an intermediate level, participation in the preparation of classical plays (Greek, Roman, Elizabethan and 16th through 19th century) presented to the community. Student will explore social and moral attitudes and customs of specific historical periods. Student will be introduced to the following areas of concentration for classical presentations: scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, house management, publicity, marketing and/or acting. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Strongly recommended for theater majors. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G138 – 1-2 Units
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Classical Play Production and Performance 4
Advisories: Audition/Interview
At an advanced level, participation in the preparation of classical plays (Greek, Roman, Elizabethan and 16th through 19th century) presented to the community. Student will explore social and moral attitudes and customs of specific historical periods. Student will be introduced to the following areas of concentration for classical presentations: scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, house management, publicity, marketing and/or acting. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Strongly recommended for theater majors. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G146 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 1
(Formerly known as: Broadway and Opera Singing)
(Same as: Music G150)
Advisories: Music G121 or G115, or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at an introductory level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. ADVISORY: Music G115, or G121, or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G148 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 2
(Same as: Music G151)
Prerequisites: Music G150 or Theater G146
Advisories: Music G115, or G121, or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at a beginning level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G156 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 3
(Same as: Music G152)
Prerequisites: Theater Arts G148, or Music G151 or permission of instructor
Advisories: Music G121, or G115, or G141 – G142, recommended for those who do not read music
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at an intermediate level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G158 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 4
(Same as: Music G153)
Prerequisites: Music G152 or Theater Arts G156
Advisories: Music G121, or G115, or G141- G142 – recommended for those who do not read music
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at an advanced level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G160 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Stage Direction
This course introduces the student to the directing process for the stage. Included are units of study in the use of the stage, play selection and analysis, casting the play, blocking the action, picturization, character development, rhythm, and the organization of the rehearsal process. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G161 – 3 Units
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Stage Management
This course teaches students processes and techniques to manage the preparation, rehearsal, and performance of theatrical productions. Basic skills to be introduced include blocking notation, production book assembly, and communication protocols applied in the theatrical production process. Stage management as a profession will be studied. Students are required to see college productions. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G166 – 2 Units
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Stagecraft
This course is an introduction to materials, tools and procedures of theatrical stagecraft including scenery construction, set painting, stage lighting and rigging, stage props and technical theatre operations. Emphasis will be placed on the vocabulary, theory, skills, application and collaborative nature of stagecraft and technical theater production. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G167 – 2 Units
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Stagecraft 2 – Intermediate
Prerequisites: Theater Arts G166 or equivalent course with permission of instructor
Students in this course will continue the study of theatrical stagecraft including scenery construction, set painting, stage lighting and rigging, stage props and technical theatre operations along with an introduction to stage projections. There will be an emphasis on vocabulary, theory, skills, application and the collaborative nature of stagecraft and technical theater production at an intermediate level. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G170 – 1-2 Units
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Theater Production and Stage Crew
(Formerly known as: Stage Crew Activity)
Student will gain practical experience in the technical preparation and operation of theatrical productions presented to the community. Student will be involved in one or more of the following areas of concentration and responsibility: stage management, house management, stage crew activity, scenery building and painting, props, lighting, make-up, costumes, sound and/or special effects at an introductory level. Students will identify a preference for stage crew/technical theater production assignments through the interview process. C-ID THTR 192 Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G175 – 3 Units
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Stage Scenery
A study of the theater crafts including scenery, construction, properties, stage management and organization. A survey study of the theater design arts: scenery design, set construction and scene painting. The course will include the study of the historical development and major trends of stagecraft. The student will be expected to prepare a practical scene design project. Required for students planning to transfer to California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton. C-ID: THTR 171 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G176 – 3 Units
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Stage Lighting
This course is an introductory course in which the student will study the theories and technology of lighting for stage, film and television. This course includes practical applications of basic electronics, color, projections, maintenance of lighting equipment and lighting design. Students may participate in the lighting of college productions and are required to attend GWC theatrical productions. This course is recommended for students interested in theater, television and film and for students planning to transfer. C-ID: THTR 173 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G177 – 3 Units
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Make-up
This course is a practical introduction to the techniques of applying theatrical make-up. Recommended for students of drama interested in gaining a better understanding of the proper uses of theatrical make-up. Required for students planning to transfer to California State University, Long Beach, Fullerton or Dominguez Hills. C-ID THTR 175 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G178 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Stage Costume
(Formerly known as: Costume Crafts)
This course is an introduction to costuming for the theater, television and film. Topics included: fabrics, sewing, wardrobe observations, color coordination, script analysis and basic drawing. Students will participate in the design and construction of costumes for Golden West College productions and will work on the production wardrobe crew. This course is required for students planning to transfer to California State University. C-ID: THTR 174 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G179 – 3 Units
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Theater Sound Technology
This course covers an introduction to basic sound design theory and technology, sound reinforcement techniques, and sound operations used in the performing arts. Students are required to attend Golden West College productions. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G185 – 3 Units
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Stage Scenery 2 – Projection Design and Production
Prerequisites: Theater Arts G175
Introduction to all aspects of scenic and projection design for live theatrical performance. Students will view and discuss contemporary projection design and its application for live theatrical performance and production. Students will also learn to generate still and moving-image content, edit and prepare media, basics of image and video editing, specifics of hardware components such as mixers, monitors and projectors and the mechanics of working with multiple screens. This course will include creative projects. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G188 – 3 Units
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Stage Movement 1
(Formerly known as: Body Movement for the Actor, Stage Movement)
This course will instruct actors in the use of the body as an expressive instrument in performance focusing on introductory movement skills, physical awareness, movement improvisation and stage combat. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G190 – 3 Units
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Stage Movement 2
This course will instruct actors in the use of the body as an expressive instrument in performance focusing on movement skills, physical awareness, movement improvisation and stage combat at a beginning level. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G191 – 3 Units
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Stage Movement 3
This course will instruct actors in the use of the body as an expressive instrument in performance focusing on movement skills, physical awareness, movement improvisation and stage combat at an intermediate level. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G192 – 3 Units
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Stage Movement 4
This course will instruct actors in the use of the body as an expressive instrument in performance focusing on movement skills, physical awareness, movement improvisation and stage combat at an advanced level. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G206 – 3 Units
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Acting 3
(Formerly known as: Acting III – Scene Study)
This course is an advanced course in acting with concentration on characterization, projection, vocal techniques, diction, and scene study. The basis of study will be selected historic classical theatrical literature from Greek, Roman, Elizabethan, Restoration and Commedia dell’Arte theatrical periods. Students are required to see Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G207 – 3 Units
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Acting 4
(Formerly known as: Acting IV – Classical Styles)
This course is an advanced course in acting with concentration on realism, classical and contemporary acting techniques, stage movement, characterization, vocal techniques and diction. The basis of study will be selected classical theatrical literature from the late 19th century to the present. Students are required to see Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

THEATER ARTS G210 – 2 Units
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Musical Theater Performance 1
(Formerly known as: Musical Theater Workshop, Musical Theater Productions)
Prerequisites: Audition/Interview
Introduction to the principles and techniques of performing for musical theater. Students will learn and apply acting, dancing, solo and choral singing and audition techniques with emphasis on introductory participation in musical theater presentations such as musical comedy, musical drama, musical revues, opera or operettas presented at Golden West College. Actors will be selected through the audition/ interview process. C-ID: THTR 191 Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G211 – 2 Units
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Musical Theater Production and Performance 2
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Students in this course will experience the principles of acting, dancing, solo and choral singing, stage management, producing, audition and/or technical theater techniques for musical theater at a beginning level. Students will participate in musical theater presentations such as musical comedy, musical drama, musical revues, opera or operettas presented at Golden West College at a beginning level. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G212 – 2 Units
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Musical Theater Production and Performance 3
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Students in this course will experience the principles of acting, dancing, solo and choral singing, stage management, producing, audition and/or technical theater techniques for musical theater at an intermediate level. Students will participate in musical theater presentations such as musical comedy, musical drama, musical revues, opera or operettas presented at Golden West College at an intermediate level. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G213 – 2 Units
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Musical Theater Production and Performance 4
Advisories: Audition/Interview
Students in this course will experience the principles of acting, dancing, solo and choral singing, stage management, producing, audition and/or technical theater techniques for musical theater at an advanced level. Students will participate in musical theater presentations such as musical comedy, musical drama, musical revues, opera or operettas presented at Golden West College at an advanced level. Actors will be selected through audition. All others will identify a preference for production assignments through the interview process. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Open entry/open exit. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Theater Arts will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Job Titles Related to this Major

  • Actor (Stage, Film, Television)
  • Agent
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Consultant
  • Dialect Coach
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Higher Education Professional
  • Lighting Designer
  • Life Coach
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Model
  • Performing Artist
  • Producer
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Puppeteer
  • Researcher
  • Set Designer
  • Singer
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent Agent
  • Teacher
  • Technical Director
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Writer / Playwright