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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.

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New Theater Arts Program: Scenic Lighting & Projection Design Tech begins fall 2016

Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts for Transfer

Required courses

Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts

Required courses


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:

1. Understand the historical context of theater and drama, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture

2. Produce a play on stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical aspects.

3. Critically evaluate what they and others have created.

4. Demonstrate proficiency in an area of theater (performance, technical, directing, or theatre management) with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve specific problems pertaining to that area.

5. Understand the individual and collaborative processes required to produce live theatrical productions.

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

Required Core: (9 units) Units

THEA G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units

or

HUM G132 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units

or

THEA G111 – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 – 3 units

and

THEA G106 – Acting 1 – 3 units

Rehearsal and Performance or Technical Theater Practicum (max 3 units)

THEA G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1-2 units

THEA G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units

THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 1-2 units

List A: 9 units

THEA G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units

THEA G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units

THEA G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units

THEA G177 – Make-Up – 3 units

THEA G178 – Introduction to Stage Costume – 3 units

(if not used in Core – max 4 units)

THEA G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1-2 units

THEA G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units

THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 1-2 units

Major Total: 19-20 units

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units

Total units that may be double counted: 6 units (CSU), 0-3 units (IGETC)

Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units): 7-8 units (CSU), 3-7 (IGETC)

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


Associate in Arts Degree in Theater Arts

The Theater Arts Department provides the student opportunities to study the art and craft of theater. Students who enroll in the Associate in Arts in Theater Arts degree program 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:

1. Understand the historical context of theater and drama, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture.

2. Produce a play on stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical aspects.

3. Critically evaluate what they and others have created.

4. Demonstrate proficiency in an area of theater (performance, technical, directing, or theatre management) with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve specific problems pertaining to that area.

5. Understand the individual and collaborative processes required to produce live theatrical productions

Required courses

Choose one of the following:

THEA G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units

or

HUM G132 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units

or

THEA G111 – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 – 3 units

or

THEA G112 – Theater History and Literature – 1800 to Modern – 3 units

and

THEA G106 – Acting 1 – 3 units

Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:

THEA G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1-2 units

THEA G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units

THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 1-2 units

THEA G166 – Stagecraft – 2 units

THEA G174 – Scenic Painting – 3 units

Choose 9 units from the following:

THEA G174 – Scenic Painting – 3 units

THEA G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units

THEA G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units

THEA G177 – Make-Up – 3 units

THEA G178 – Introduction to Stage Costume – 3 units

The following courses are not required, but recommended by the Theater Department to enhance the Theater Arts Major.

Performance Emphasis:

THEA G107 – Acting 2 – 3 units

THEA G111 – Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800 – 3 units

THEA G112 – Theater History and Literature – 1800 to Modern – 3 units

THEA G110 – Acting For The Camera – 3 units

THEA G119 – Improvisation for Theater, Film and Television – 3 units

THEA G146 – Voice for Musical Theater 1 – 2 units

THEA G188 – Stage Movement 1 – 3 units

THEA G190 – Stage Movement 2 – 3 units

THEA G191 – Stage Movement 3 – 3 units

THEA G192 – Stage Movement 4 – 3 units

THEA G206 – Acting 3 – 3 units

THEA G207 – Acting 4 – 3 units

Play Production Course From:

THEA G115 – Theater Practicum 1 – Performance – 1-2 units

THEA G125 – Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G135 – Classical Play Performance 1 – 1-2 units

THEA G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units

THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 1-2 units

THEA G166 – Stagecraft – 2 units

THEA G174 – Scenic Painting – 3 units

Production Management Emphasis:

THEA G160 – Introduction To Stage Direction – 3 units

THEA G161 – Stage Management – 3 units

Musical Theater Emphasis:

THEA G108 – History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater – 3 units

THEA G210 – Musical Theater Performance 1 – 2 units

THEA G211 – Musical Theater Production and Performance 2 – 2 units

THEA G212 – Musical Theater Production and Performance 3 – 2 units

THEA G213 – Musical Theater Production and Performance 4 – 2 units

Film Emphasis:

THEA G110 – Acting For The Camera – 3 units

THEA G102 – History And Appreciation Of The Cinema – 3 units

THEA G119 – Improvisation for Theater, Film and Television – 3 units

Major Total: 18-23 units

GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units 

Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician – Certificate of Achievement

Required courses


Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician Certificate of Achievement

The Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician Certificate will provide students with a course of study leading to certification and employment as a Costume Production and Wardrobe Technician and prepare students for occupational competency 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:

1. Students will analyze a script, determine the costume needs, then execute a costume plot for actors in a live theatrical production.

2. Students will apply basic sewing techniques, clean and press costumes before and after performances, and make repairs for costumes as required in a live theatrical production.

3. Students will determine and execute basic theatrical wardrobe production practices including inventory control, wardrobe cleaning and storing techniques for a live theatrical production.

4. Students will plan and execute a costume quick change for cast members as required in a live theatrical production.

5. Students will create and present a resume, a portfolio and a job search plan for employment as a costume production and wardrobe technician.

6. Students will view live theater productions, opera, symphonic, pop and classical music concerts and/or dance concerts to generate discussion and written critical evaluation.

Required courses

THEA G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units

THEA G126 – Play Production and Performance 2 – 2 units

THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 2 units

THEA G178 – Introduction to Stage Costume – 3 units

THEA G180 – Basic Costume Sewing, Construction and Wardrobe Techniques – 2 units

THEA G211 – Musical Theater Production and Performance 2 – 2 units

and

THEA G174 – Scenic Painting – 3 units

or

THEA G175 – Stage Scenery – 3 units

or

THEA G176 – Stage Lighting – 3 units

or

THEA G177 – Make-Up – 3 units

Total units: 17 units


Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician – Certificate of Achievement

The purpose of the Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician Certificate is to provide student 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. Students will learn the historical development and major trends of stagecraft and theater design arts, and the practical application of scenery, construction, properties, scenic painting, basic electronics, color, projections, maintenance of equipment and lighting design technologies. In addition, the course of study for this certificate will include creative considerations, viewing and discussions of contemporary scenic, lighting and projection design projects. Student will also learn specifics of scenic, lighting and projection equipment, software and hardware.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

1. Execute scenery, lighting and/or projection design for a live theatrical production.

2. Demonstrate, formulate and evaluate general drawing, theatrical painting skills, principles of color theory and paint mixing.

3. Construct, rig and operate scenery for a live theatrical production.

4. Execute projection designs, construct, rig and operate mixers, monitors, and projectors (both single and multiple screens) for a live theatrical production.

5. Generate still and moving-image content, perform fundamental image and video editing and prepare media for projection for a live theatrical production.

6. 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.

7. 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 creative considerations and written critical evaluation.

Required courses

Core Courses

THEA G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units

THEA G174 – Scenic Painting – 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

and

THEA G166 – Stagecraft – 2 units

or

THEA G170 – Theater Production and Stage Crew – 2 units

Total units: 17

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THEATER ARTS G100 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater

(Same as: Humanities 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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

Theater History and Literature – Classical to 1800

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

Course Outline

Theater History and Literature – 1800 to Modern

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

Course Outline

Theater Practicum 1 – Performance

(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G142)

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G116 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G117 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G118 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G119 – 3.0 Units

Course Outline

Improvisation for Theater, Film and Television

This course encompasses the study, rehearsal and performance of individual and group scenes of improvisation. Areas of study will include principles and techniques of improvisational acting specifically designed to increase the actor’s creativity, problem solving and performance skills in theater, film and television genres. Emphasis will be placed on the creative process as well as individual performance, ensemble work and the development of the actor’s physical, vocal, and emotional instrument as it relates to improvisational performance. Students are required to attend Golden West College Theater Arts Department productions. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G120 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

Play Performance 1

(Formerly known as: THEATER ARTS G171)

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G126 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G127 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G128 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

Classical Play Performance 1

(Formerly known as: Theater Arts G172)

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G136 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G137 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G138 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G146 – 2 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

Voice for Musical Theater 3

(Same as: MUS G152)

Prerequisites: Theater Arts G148, or Music G151 or permission of instructor

Advisories: Music G121, or Music G115, or Music 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

Course Outline

Voice for Musical Theater 4

(Same as: Music G153)

Prerequisites: Music G152 or Theater Arts G156

Advisories: Music G121, or Music G15, or Music G141- Music 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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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; UC.

THEATER ARTS G167 – 2 Units

Course Outline

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 G168 – 2.0 Units

Course Outline

Stagecraft 3 – Advanced

Prerequisites: Theater Arts G167 or equivalent course with permission of instructor

Students will continue the study of theatrical stagecraft with an emphasis on vocabulary, theory, skills, application and the collaborative nature of stagecraft and technical theater production at a demonstrated advanced level of skill. Students will organize, fabricate or arrange the structural elements of theatrical stagecraft as specified. Deductive, experiential, inductive and practiced learning as it relates to theatrical stagecraft and its execution in scenery construction, scenic painting, stage lighting and rigging, stage props, technical theatre operations and stage projections will be employed. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G169 – 2 Units

Course Outline

Stagecraft 4 – Advanced 2

Prerequisites: Theater Arts G168 or equivalent course with permission of instructor

Students will continue the study of theatrical stagecraft at an advanced level reflecting consistent excellence, execution and creative problem solving. Strong and focused emphasis on professional level application of vocabulary, theory, skills, and the collaborative nature of stagecraft and technical theater production will be expected. Students will employ accepted stagecraft concepts and previously introduced learning practices. Students will assume leadership roles in the organization, fabrication, execution and/or arrangement of the structural elements of theatrical stagecraft as required in scenery construction, scenic painting, stage lighting and rigging, stage props, technical theatre operations and stage projections. Lecture & lab. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G170 – 1-2 Units

Course Outline

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. Transferable to CSU; UC.

THEATER ARTS G174 – 3.0 Units

Course Outline

Scenic Painting

This course is an introduction to and practical application of theatrical scene painting techniques. Students will explore theatrical scene painting equipment and supplies and study color theory, textures and faux finishes. Students will develop necessary skills to be demonstrated through class projects including the painting of scenery for live theatrical productions. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

THEATER ARTS G175 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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 G180 – 2 Units

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Basic Costume Sewing, Construction and Wardrobe Techniques

This course introduces students to the principles and techniques of basic costume construction, sewing, use of fabrics and development of simple patterns in a theatrical context. The course will also emphasize basic theatrical wardrobe production practices including preparing, changing and maintaining theatrical costumes before, during and after theatrical performances, inventory control, wardrobe cleaning and storing techniques. 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

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 Production and Performance 1)

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. 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. 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. 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. 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

Faculty name links to bio.

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Tom Amen

Martie Ramm Engle

Tim Mueller

PART-TIME FACULTY

Rory Cowan

Ron Michaelson

Jerry Prell

Jojo Siu