Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre (AAFA-Theatre) Theatre Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

It’s five minutes to curtain. The excitement, the nerves, the drama of it all. Whether you’re acting, producing, directing, designing sets, or engineering sound in the theatre, you’re ready. Your study, training, and practice has paid off. Let the curtain rise.

Build your foundation in theatrical production and performance at MCC. Our program includes four mainstage productions, student productions and showcases, original works, guest artists, workshops, and touring performances. In our productions and performances, you will work with a diverse range of people, because students, staff members, faculty, and people in the community all participate in our offerings. 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre (AAFA-Theatre) (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8107
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Theatre (Bachelor of Arts)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational skills in production and performance practices to enable effective communication and personal expression.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills and the creative process to solve visual, technical, and performance problems across various theatre genres.
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively while recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
  4. Interpret dramatic works within historical and contemporary contexts.
  5. Generate ideas, creations, or models that express the human condition and one’s relationship to the culturally diverse world.
  6. Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, in accordance with copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field.
  7. Support artistic choices for performance and production.
  8. Use the critique and/or audition process to present and develop portfolios and/or audition materials for transfer, career development, or personal use.

Career Opportunities

With a balanced, well-rounded theatrical background you’ll develop confidence you can take with you in whatever profession you choose. A theatrical education gives you a valuable base for launching a career in film, television, stage, management, education, marketing, advertising, law, politics, theology, social work, or therapeutic fields.

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
THP213 Introduction to Technical Theatre Critical course Gateway course 3
THP112 Acting I Critical course Gateway course 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB requirement SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
THE111 Introduction to Theatre Meets the HU requirement HU 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
THP217 Introduction to Design Scenography 3
Restricted Elective Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production Restricted Electives for Performance Courses: THF120AA or THF120AB, THF130 or THF209 or THF219 or THF131 or THP212 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC. Restricted Electives for Production: THP216 or THP226 or THP262 or THP268 or THP269 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP201AA or
THP201AB
Theatre Production I or Theatre Production II 1–2
THF115 Makeup for Stage and Screen 3
THF205 Introduction to Cinema Meets the HU requirement HU 3
CRE101 or
Restricted Electives
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Restricted Electives If testing out CRE101, select a restricted elective to complete 3 credits L 3
SQ or SG Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4
Restricted Electives Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production Restricted Electives for Performance Courses: THF120AA or THF120AB, THF130 or THF209 or THF219 or THF131 or THP212 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC. Restricted Electives for Production: THP216 or THP226 or THP262 or THP268 or THP269 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC 3
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP214 Directing Techniques 3
THE220 Modern Drama Meets the L requirement HU, L 3
Restricted Electives Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production Restricted Electives for Performance Courses: THF120AA or THF120AB, THF130 or THF209 or THF219 or THF131 or THP212 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC. Restricted Electives for Production: THP216 or THP226 or THP262 or THP268 or THP269 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Complete Production or Actor Portfolio (Early Spring)

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
THP213 or
THP112
Introduction to Technical Theatre or Acting I Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
THE111 Introduction to Theatre Meets the HU requirement HU 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
THP112 or
THP213
Acting I or Introduction to Technical Theatre Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP217 Introduction to Design Scenography 3
CRE101 or
Restricted Electives
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production If testing out CRE101, select a restricted elective to complete 3 credits L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB requirement SB 3
THP201AA or
THP201AB
Theatre Production I or Theatre Production II 1–2

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Restricted Elect. Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production Restricted Electives for Performance Courses: THF120AA or THF120AB, THF130 or THF209 or THF219 or THF131 or THP212 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC. Restricted Electives for Production: THP216 or THP226 or THP262 or THP268 or THP269 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC 3
THF115 Makeup for Stage and Screen 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THF205 Introduction to Cinema Meets the HU requirement HU 3
SQ or SG Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP214 Directing Techniques 3
THE220 Modern Drama HU, L 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Restricted Electives Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production Restricted Electives for Performance Courses: THF120AA or THF120AB, THF130 or THF209 or THF219 or THF131 or THP212 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC. Restricted Electives for Production: THP216 or THP226 or THP262 or THP268 or THP269 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Restricted Electives Select a course from Restricted Electives for either Performance or Production Restricted Electives for Performance Courses: THF120AA or THF120AB, THF130 or THF209 or THF219 or THF131 or THP212 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC. Restricted Electives for Production: THP216 or THP226 or THP262 or THP268 or THP269 or HUM/THF210 or THP298AA-AC 3
Complete Production or Actor Portfolio (Early Spring)

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre (AAFA-Theatre) (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/AA_1920_FineArtTheatre8107.pdf).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Theatre Emphasis program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019