Theatre Arts is the
study of the creative, historical, technical, and cultural aspects of
performance. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in
Theatre Arts commonly include performance, education, design, and
communication. Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level
degrees include dramatic criticism and education. Even students who choose not
to major in Theatre Arts find that coursework in the field can improve their
ability to communicate, problem solve, speak publicly, build self-confidence,
and work successfully both collaboratively and independently. College of the Desert’s Theatre Arts
curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview and
history of the discipline, training in acting, makeup, design, technical
production, and script analysis. The
College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre Arts consisting of
courses and training allowing students to pursue entry-level positions as
performers and technicians or to continue their study in the discipline toward
a B.A. or Graduate degree. College of the Desert offers transfer agreements
with California State Universities, the University of California systems and
independent colleges and universities.
To obtain the Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer degree,
students are required to complete the following:
Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0
in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for
admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a
counselor for more information.
Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in
the Theatre Arts major as detailed in the Program Requirements below. All
courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if
the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis (title 5 § 55063).
Certified completion of either the California
State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) pattern, (see page
64 of the catalog); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
(IGETC) pattern, (see page 66 of the catalog) for more information.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will
be required to complete no more than 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 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.