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Theater

Description:

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 proficiency certificates in Acting (ATPC) and Technical Theater (TTPC). 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 satisfactorily complete 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.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
ENGL 131 - Acting I   3 credits  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or  MATH 137 (or higher)   3 credits Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  3 credits Social Sciences

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 132 - Acting II ENGL 131 3 credits  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking   3 credits  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater   3 credits Humanities, Interpretive Studies
ENGL 135 - Movement and Dance for Actors   3 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 141 - Introduction to Technical Theater   4 credits  
ENGL 232 - Introduction to Drama ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
ART 101 - Visual Communication or
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
HIST 121 - Global History I or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music or
MUS 121 - Modern American Music
  3 credits  
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
BIOL 104 - Forensic Biology or
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemis
For BIOL 104 and BIOL 108: FNMT 118, or placement in MATH 161 or higher 
For CHEM 105: ENGL 101 ready
3 or 4 credits Natural Science
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 136 - Movement and Dance II or
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting or
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production
For ENGL 107: ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 136: ENGL 135 or permission of Department Head
For ENGL 205 and ENGL 271: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
For ENGL 282: ENGL 205
3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 142 - Rehearsal and Performance or
ENGL 146 - Advanced Technical Theater
ENGL 132
ENGL 141
4 credits  
ENGL 241- Introduction to Shakespeare (recommended) or
ENGL 211 - Survey of British Literature: From Beginnings to 1750 or
ENGL 212 ‐ Survey of British Literature: From 1750 to the Modern Era or
ENGL 221‐ Survey of American Literature: From the Beginnings to the Civil War or
ENGL 222‐ Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Present or
ENGL 245 ‐ World Literature: From Antiquity to 1500 or
ENGL 246 ‐ World Literature: From 1500 to the Present or
ENGL 250‐ African-American Literature I or
ENGL 251‐ African-American Literature II or
ENGL 256 ‐ African Literature or
ENGL 260 ‐ Women in Literature or
ENGL 265‐ Science Fiction
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits

American/Global Diversity 
Writing Intensive

 

ART 101 - Visual Communication or
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
HIST 121 - Global History I or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music or
MUS 121 - Modern American Music
  3 credits  
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 136 - Movement and Dance II or
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting or
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production *
For ENGL 107: ENGL 102, which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 136: ENGL 135 or permission of Department Head
For ENGL 205 and ENGL 271: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
For ENGL 282: ENGL 205
3 credits  
General Elective   3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

62

*ENGL 120 and 136 are performance based; ENGL 107, 205, 282 are of interest for writers, ENGL 271 and PHOT 151 for an interest in directing.

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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.