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Theatre Arts  

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:
1.     Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
2.     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.
3.     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).
4.     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.
Advisor: Russell "Tres" Dean
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core:  (9 units)
TA 1 Introduction to Theatre 3
​TA ​2 ​Acting 1 ​3
Rehearsal and Performance (maximum 3 units) 3
TA 20 Play Production - Acting (1)
TA 21 Play Production - Acting (2)
TA 22 Play Production - Acting (3)
or Technical Theatre Practicum (maximum 3 units)
TA 30 Technical Theatre Production (1)
TA 31 Technical Theatre Production (2)
TA 32 Technical Theatre Production (3)
List A - select three courses from the following: 9
TA 3 Acting 2 (3)
​TA 4​ Script Analysis (3)​
​TA 9​ Stagecraft (3)​
​TA 10​ ​Intro to Design & Production (3)
​TA 80​ ​Theatre Makeup (3)
​TA ​20, 21, 22 ​Play Production - Acting (3 units max)- if not used in Core
or TA ​30, 31, 32 ​Technical Theatre Production (3 units max) - if not used in Core
  Required Courses 18
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 38-41
  Transferable Electives* (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)


*Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable.