Technical Theater Proficiency Certificate


This Certificate will provide an opportunity for students to develop basic technical theater construction and design skills, preparing them to construct and paint sets and perform backstage work in the theater and film industries, such as working as lighting and audio technicians, set carpenters and stage managers.  When completed, the courses can be applied to an Associate Degree in Theater. In addition to three required courses, students may select either ENGL 137: Introduction to Theater, ADC 103: CAD Basics, or MUS 115: Introduction to Music Technology.  Students who are primarily interested in construction aspects might be interested in ENGL 137. Those with a set design interest may select ADC 103. Those with interest in sound technology may select MUS 115.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Technical Theater Proficiency Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify and utilize the basic skills required for set construction and painting;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of lighting, sound and theatrical design elements and techniques;
  • Recognize and participate fully in technical aspects of a theater production.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students.  Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English courses as part of the Certificate

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" or better grade in each of the courses listed.  In order to achieve a "C" or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete assignments and participate in class activities.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and NamePrerequisitesCredits
ENGL 131 - Acting I 3 credits
ENGL 141 - Introduction to Technical Theater 4 credits
ENGL 146 - Advanced Technical TheaterENGL 1414 credits
Select one of the following: 
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater or
ADC 103 - CAD Basics or
MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology
 3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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 call the College Information Center (215) 751-8010