AA – Acting-Directing Emphasis

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

This program provides students an understanding of the overall process by which theatre is produced, including the theories and techniques of acting, directing, and playwriting, and the elements of technical theatre. It also provides an overview of the historical and social context of the theatre. Transfer students should consult the Requirements of the Transfer Institutions section in this catalog and the Theatre Arts, Drama, or related Majors sections of the specific catalog for the institution to which they wish to transfer to determine admission, general education, and major requirements. Consultation with an SCC counselor is urged.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this Degree could lead to employment in the entertainment industry in both stage production and film production as performer or director.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recognize standard practices of ensemble playing in a rehearsal/performance environment.
  • compare and analyze the theories and techniques of acting and/or directing from a historical perspective.
  • analyze texts and scripts as they pertain to performance.
  • demonstrate skill in technical aspects of acting, including physical, vocal, imaginative, analytical, and emotional elements.
  • demonstrate skill in directing acting, including text analysis, staging, actor coaching, and design.
  • analyze theatre as a dynamic art form influencing society.
  • compare and contrast theatrical periods and styles in terms of acting, directing, playwriting, and technical elements.
  • analyze the components of a theatrical production.
  • apply imagination and character analysis to identify and describe the personality and motivations of a given character.
  • apply technical processes, including lighting, set, costume, and/or stage make-up design, as they pertain to a given dramatic script.

Associate in Arts Degree

The Theatre Arts, Acting-Directing Emphasis Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.