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The Theater curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, giving students a concentration in Theater arts with a liberal arts foundation. The program is primarily suited for students seeking transfer to a four-year institution, although some graduates may plan on immediately entering the work force as communications professionals.

For students seeking transfer, the curriculum closely parallels the foundation program of virtually any four-year college, most specifically those institutions in the Philadelphia area.

The Theater Program offers two certificates in Acting (A-PC) and Technical Theater (TT-PC). Each requires the completion of four courses.

Studies within the Theater program will enhance a student's ability to work effectively in fields such as acting, directing, technical theater or any related career in the theater.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Theater program the student will be able to:

  • Understand and write about performance and theater with the vocabulary of the field.
  • Create characters, perform scenes and monologues, and improvise in performance.
  • Use the body as a performance instrument and understand and perform the basic principles, techniques and styles of body movement and dance.
  • Build, design, paint and light stage scenery.
  • Read and write about significant dramatic literature, with particular emphasis on an understanding and appreciation of both theatrical and literary techniques.
  • Participate in every aspect of the rehearsal process and the presentation of a play.

Program Entry Requirements:

The program is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must complete satisfactorily the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 62 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) are required for graduation.

Theater Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater   3 Humanities, Interpretive Studies
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking   3  
ENGL 131 - Acting I   3  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp

Second Semester

ENGL 135 - Movement and Dance I   3  
ENGL 132 - Acting II ENGL 131 3  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or higher 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3 Mathematics

Third Semester

ENGL 232 - Introduction to Drama ENGL 101 3  
ENGL 141 - Introduction to Technical Theater   4  
Directed Elective (choose one from list below)   3  
Directed Elective (choose one from list below)   3  
Humanities Elective   3  

Fourth Semester

Science Elective   3/4 Natural Science
ENGL 142 - Rehearsal and Performance
ENGL 146 - Technical Theater II
ENGL 132

ENGL 141
Literature Elective (choose one of the following): ENGL 211, ENGL 212, ENGL 221, ENGL 222, ENGL 230, ENGL 241, ENGL 245, ENGL 246, ENGL 250, ENGL 251, ENGL 256, ENGL 260, ENGL 265 ENGL 101 3  
Humanities Elective   3  
General Elective   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 62

Directed Electives

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation  
ENGL 136 - Movement and Dance II ENGL 135
ENGL 142 - Rehearsal and Performance ENGL 131, ENGL 132
ENGL 146 - Technical Theater II ENGL 141
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing ENGL 101
ENGL 271 - Language of Film ENGL 101
ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting ENGL 205
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production  

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement and American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill both requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.