Theatre Arts Degrees and Certificates

The Palomar Theatre Arts Program cultivates the potential of theatre to make an impact on the lives of practitioners, audiences, and communities. Through our technique classes, academic offerings and season of productions the program emphasizes the power of theatre to transform individuals and society through imagination, empathy, analysis, and action. The program empowers students to follow the discipline of craft while taking risks and developing their own artistic sensibility. Critically-acclaimed productions range from the classical to the experimental, often serving as a focal point for campus-wide dialogue on social issues. The program also emphasizes collaboration with the other disciplines in the Performing Arts Department and colleagues in the Art Department. Visit the Theatre Arts section of the Palomar College Catalog and Palomar’s online class schedule at www.palomar.edu for updated information and/or contact Palomar Performing Arts Academic Department Assistant Kimberly Loya at (760) 744-1150 ext. 2316 in PAC-122. Transfer students should consult the four-year college or university catalog for specific requirements or see a Palomar College counselor.

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Theatre Arts A.A. Degree Major

The Palomar Theatre Program cultivates the potential of theatre to make an impact on the lives of practitioners, audiences, and communities. Through our technique classes, academic offerings and season of productions the program emphasizes the power of theatre to transform individuals and society through imagination, empathy, analysis, and action. The program empowers students to follow the discipline of craft while taking risks and developing their own artistic sensibility. Critically-acclaimed productions range from the classical to the experimental, often serving as a focal point for campus-wide dialogue on social issues. The program also emphasizes collaboration with the other disciplines in the Performing Arts Department and colleagues in the Art Department.

 

Program Requirements:

TA 100

Introduction to the Theatre

3

TA 105

Introduction to Technical Theatre

3

TA 107

Lighting for Stage and Television

3

TA 115

Acting I

3

TA 150

Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

3

TA 192A

Technical Theatre Practicum I

1

 
Beginning Costume and Makeup Courses (Select one):

TA 106A/FASH 106A

Basic Costume I: Technology

3

TA 109 /FASH 109

Elementary Stage Make-Up

3

 
Theatre History Courses (Select One):

TA 140

History of the Theatre From Ancient Greece Through the 17th Century

3   DE

TA 141

History of the Theatre From the 18th Century to the Present

3   DE

 
Electives (Select 9 Units):

TA 108

Stagecraft and Scene Design for Theatre and Television

3

TA 106B /FASH 106B

Basic Costume II: Design

3

TA 112/MUS 112

Basic Sound Reinforcement

3

TA 113A

Improvisational Theatre I

3

  or

TA 113B

Improvisational Theatre II

3

TA 114/MUS 114

Advanced Sound Reinforcement

1.5 - 2

TA 116

Acting II

3

TA 119

Voice and Speech

3

TA 124 /DNCE 124

Beginning Stage Management

3

TA 125 /SPCH 125

Beginning Oral Interpretation

3

TA 160

Beginning Stage Direction

3

TA 173 /MUS 173/DNCE 173

Musical Theatre Scenes

1

TA 184

Creative Theatre Ensemble

1 - 2

TA 191A

Rehearsal and Performance I

1 - 2

TA 191B

Rehearsal and Performance II

1 - 2

TA 191C

Rehearsal and Performance III

1 - 2

TA 191D

Rehearsal and Performance IV

1 - 2

TA 192B

Technical Theatre Practicum II

1

TA 192C

Technical Theatre Practicum III

1

TA 192D

Technical Theatre Practicum IV

1

TA 215

Acting III

3

TA 216

Acting IV

3

 
  Total units

31

Palomar Performing Arts

Technical Theatre

Technical Theatre A.A. Degree Major or Certificate of Achievement

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic, technical and dramatic principles and techniques to the communication of dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through technical theatre methods.  Includes instruction in set design, lighting, design, sound effects, theatre acoustics, scene painting, property management, costume design, technical direction and production, and use of computer applications to support these functions above.

 

Program Requirements

TA 100

Introduction to the Theatre

3

TA 105

Introduction to Technical Theatre

3

TA 106A /FASH 106A

Basic Costume I: Technology

3

TA 107

Lighting for Stage and Television

3

TA 108

Stagecraft and Scene Design for Theatre and Television

3

TA 111

Technical Theatre Production

0.5

TA 112/MUS 112

Basic Sound Reinforcement

3

TA 115

Acting I

3

  or

TA 116

Acting II

3

TA 124 /DNCE 124

Beginning Stage Management

3

TA 170

Computer Aided Drafting for Theatre

2

TA 192A

Technical Theatre Practicum I

1

TA 192B

Technical Theatre Practicum II

1

 
History/Literature Courses (Select one)

TA 140

History of the Theatre From Ancient Greece Through the 17th Century

3   DE

TA 141

History of the Theatre From the 18th Century to the Present

3   DE

TA 150

Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

3

 
Advanced Technical Courses (Select one)

TA 109 /FASH 109

Elementary Stage Make-Up

3

TA 114/MUS 114

Advanced Sound Reinforcement

1.5 - 2

TA 171

Advanced Lighting Lab

2

FASH 135

Introductory Sewing for Apparel

3

 
  Total units

33 - 35.5

 
Recommended Electives

ARCH 105

Basic Architectural Drafting

3

CFT 100

Fundamentals of Woodworking

3 - 4

TA 191A

Rehearsal and Performance I

2

TA 191B

Rehearsal and Performance II

2

TA 192C

Technical Theatre Practicum III

1

TA 192D

Technical Theatre Practicum IV

1

 

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Theatre Arts AA-T Transfer Major

The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer prepares students to move into curriculum at a four-year institution leading to a baccalaureate degree in Theatre Arts.   Careers in this field include teaching, design, technical theatre, theatre management, professional performance, stage direction, and stage management among others.  Completion of the Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer degree provides guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system along with priority admission to CSU, San Marcos in the Visual and Performing Arts major.  Upon completion, students will understand and be able to demonstrate the theories and techniques of acting; the technical production processes for the theatre arts, demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, and understand the interaction between script, actor, and audience and the areas of scenery, lighting, sound, and costume.

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer students must complete the following:

  • Maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. and a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major:
  • a minimum of 18 semester units in the major as determined by the community college district, and:
  • one of the following general education patterns:
    • the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern of 39 units; OR:
    • the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern of 37 units
Please consult a counselor regarding specific course requirements for your transfer institution.

 

Program Requirements

TA 100

Introduction to the Theatre

3

  or

TA 140

History of the Theatre From Ancient Greece Through the 17th Century

3   DE

TA 115

Acting I

3

TA 191A

Rehearsal and Performance I

2

  and

TA 191B

Rehearsal and Performance II

2

  or

TA 192A

Technical Theatre Practicum I

1

  and

TA 192B

Technical Theatre Practicum II

1

  and

TA 192C

Technical Theatre Practicum III

1

 
Electives (Select 9 units excluding any courses taken above)

TA 106A / FASH 106A

Basic Costume I: Technology

3

TA 107

Lighting for Stage and Television

3

TA 108

Stagecraft and Scene Design for Theatre and Television

3

TA 109 /FASH 109

Elementary Stage Make-Up

3

TA 116

Acting II

3

TA 150

Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

3

TA 191A

Rehearsal and Performance I

2

  and

TA 191B

Rehearsal and Performance II

2

  or

TA 192A

Technical Theatre Practicum I

1

  and

TA 192B

Technical Theatre Practicum II

1

  and

TA 192C

Technical Theatre Practicum III

1

   
  Total units

18 - 19

6 thoughts on “Theatre Arts Degrees and Certificates

    1. Hi Bashi,

      Our TA107, Lighting for Stage and TV would be the ideal course for you. We will be offering the course this coming Fall 2017 semester. Please visit http://www.palomar.edu for more information on enrollment, course availability, and student services.

      Cheers,
      Chris Sinnott, MFA

  1. I am curious about the Technical Theater degree. Why is TA106B • BASIC STAGE COSTUME II: DESIGN not mentioned? I am looking for a college in the Southern California area that will prepare me for a career in (theatrical or cinematic) costume design and this program appears to be the closest match. The class in particular is exactly the subject I’m looking for but does not appear at all on this page.

    1. Hi Rosie,
      We offer two different Technical Theatre degrees; An AA-Technical Theatre, and an AAT-Theatre with Technical Emphasis.

      The AAT-Theatre degree is a California Community College standard Theatre Transfer degree, designed to guarantee admittance to the CSU and USC systems. The courses outlined in this degree are state-mandated, guaranteeing that all students transferring to the CSU and UC colleges have met their standards. Our AA Degree, however, was designed in-house with the goal of exceeding the standards of the transfer degree, to allow members of our community to better develop a broader width of knowledge in all theatre skill sets. This degree has a basic set of requirements but then allows the student to choose an area of emphasis [acting, technical, or general]. Both TA106A and TA106B are part of the technical theatre career path and count towards those requirements. Additionally, skill courses from Fashion may be substituted for other technical courses to further develop that skill set.

      If you have further questions, please contact me at csinnott@palomar.edu

    1. Hi JM,

      We do offer a course in Stage Management [TA124 – Basic Stage Management], which we offer once every two years. It will next be offered Spring 2018. This course is part of our Technical Theatre AA Degree Major and can be paired with other courses within that degree to prepare a student for a career in stage management. We are also hoping to launch a new Career Technical Education Certificate in Stage Management by the start of the 2018-2019 Academic Year. This new certificate would be a 21-unit program designed to prepare a student for direct entry into the field of stage management.

      If you are would like to know more, please check out our website at http://www.palomarperforms.com, or contact me directly at csinnott@palomar.edu.

      Thank you,
      Chris Sinnott.

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