ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS FOR TRANSFER DEGREE (R)
(CSUGE) AA747    
(IGETC) AA748

An Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts degree for Transfer degree (AA-T) from Riverside City College represents the attainment of the needed proficiency that prepares students to audition or demonstrate design skills for acceptance into private, state college and university departments for careers in the field of  Theater. This major is intended to align student course work with lowerdivision requirements for Cal State and University of California baccalaureate theater degrees. Such degrees are available at many CSU, UC, and private schools. Students completing this degree typically continue in the fields of
Theater performance, design and/or theater education. The implementation of the Theater Studies Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) will allow students to transfer to CSU with junior standing supporting the college’s and district’s mission and strategic goals to increase transfer rates. 


Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
  • Perform and/or design material appropriate to their area of emphasis as individuals in productions.
  • Demonstrate identify, and work conceptually with all elements and styles of theatre.
  • Experience the process of audition, rehearsal, design and performance through various forms of theatrical literature.
Required Courses (18 units)
THE-3* - Introduction to the Theatre. 3 units.
THE-32 -Theatre Games and Exercises. 3 units.
THE-5 - Theatre Practicum.  3 units.
or
THE-6 - Advanced Theatre Practicum. 3 units.
9 units of electives from the list belows.

Select 9 units from the following:
THE-25  - Makeup for the Stage. 3 units.
THE-33 - Creating a Role. 3 units.
THE-41 - Elementary Stagecraft. 3 units.
THE-44 - Theatrical Set Design. 3 units.
THE-46 - Theatrical Costume Design. 3 units.
THE-48 - Theatrical Lighting Design. 3 units.

*Course may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer degree (AA-T) will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above 18 units of major requirements and the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill the RCCD graduation requirements found in section VII. Additional degree requirements: Health Education and Self Development.)


​THE-2
Play Practicum - Special Projects Lab I
1 unit
​UC*, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Acting and production skills desirable based on a
successful audition.
A course in play production from casting to performance including units in acting, set construction, lighting, costuming, house management, props and make-up on a small scale. Subsequent enrollment will provide the student an opportunity for additional skill and competency development within the subject matter. May be taken a total of four times. 54 hours laboratory.
THE-3
Introduction to the Theatre
3 units
UC, CSU(C-ID THTR 111)
Prerequisite: None.
A comprehensive study of theatrical styles and forms with units in directing, acting, designing, technical theater, playwriting and genres, to acquaint the student with the diverse nature of theater leading to an appreciation and understanding of the theater as a separate and distinctive art form. 54 hours lecture.
THE-4
Play Practicum - Special Projects Lab II
2 units
UC*, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Acting and production skills desirable based on a
successful audition.
A course in play production from casting to performance including units in acting, set construction, lighting, costuming, house management, props and make-up on a small scale. Subsequent enrollment will provide the student an opportunity for additional skill and competency development within the subject matter. May be taken a total of four times. 108 hours laboratory.
THE-5
Theater Practicum
3 units
UC, CSU (C-ID THTR 191)
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Acting and production skills desirable based on a
successful audition.
A course in play production from casting to performance,including units in acting, set construction, lighting, costuming, house management, props and make-up. Subsequent enrollment will provide the student an opportunity for additional skill and competency development within the subject matter. May be takena total of four times. 162 hours laboratory.
THE-6
Advanced Theater Practicum
3 units
UC*, CSU
Prerequisite: THE-5.
Advanced play and production from casting to performance including units in acting, technical design and construction,lighting, costuming, house management, props and make-up. Subsequent enrollment will provide the student an opportunity for additional skill and competency development within the subject matter. May be taken a total of four times. 162 hours laboratory.
​THE-9
Dramatic Literature - Script Analysis
3 units
UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
A survey of dramatic literature in a variety of genres and styles including appraisal of modern theatrical movements and the fundamental techniques of script analysis, including structure, genre, style, theme, character, and language. Emphasis on cultural significance and historic perspective and how dramatic literature conveys meaning to the theatre artist and audience as a distinctive art form. 54 hours lecture.
THE-25
Makeup for the Stage
3 units
UC, CSU (C-ID THTR 175)
Prerequisite: None.
This course is an exploration of the creative and practical aspects of theatrical makeup design, where students will experience techniques of makeup application, painterly techniques and three-dimensional techniques in relation to production and performance. 18 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory.
​THE-26
Directing for Stage
3 units
​UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: THE-32 or 33 or 37.
An introduction to the role of the director in modern theatrical production. This course is a study of the director’s interpretation of dramatic literature, with emphasis on the communication of intellectual and emotional concepts through composition, visualization, picturization, movement and rhythm. Trains potential theatre directors in script analysis, book preparation, production management and working with actors, with an emphasis on practical experience in directing through class projects and public performance. 45 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory
​THE-29
Musical Theater Appreciation
3 units
​UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
A study of the history and literature of the genre of musicals from 19 century to present day. Emphasis will be placed on the stylistic distinctions of the musical and the contribution of individual composers, librettists, lyricists, choreographers, directors and designers to the genre of musical theatre. Students will study the genre’s social and cultural significance as a separate and distinctive art form. 54 hours lecture.
THE-30
Voice and Movement for the Stage
2 units
UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Theory, principles and techniques of voice and movement needed for the actor to perform on stage: including stage movement, alignment, voice production, breathing, diction, accents, flexibility, projection and voice care. 18 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
THE-32
Acting Fundamentals - Theater Games and Exercises
3 units
UC,CSU (C-ID THTR 151)
Prerequisite: None.
Foundation training for actors through theater games and improvisational exercises for developing expressive freedom, creativity, relaxation, sensory awareness and concentration. Development and preparation of the actor’s instrument: voice, speech, body and imagination. Beginning of relationship and motivation. 36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
THE-33
Scene Acting: Creating a Role
3 units

UC, CSU (C-ID THTR 152)
Prerequisite: THE-32.
Fundamentals of creating a role through beginning scene study and monologues with emphasis in modern realism. Building of character through text analysis and practical applications such as use of body, voice and imagination. Continued development of actor’s body through exercises. Advanced work in motivation, relationships and emotional discovery and release. 36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory. 

THE-34
Scene Study in Various Theatrical Styles
3 units

UC, CSU
Prerequisite: THE-32.
Advanced scene study with emphasis on a variety of theatrical styles, excluding classical verse. Advanced development of the emotional and character range of the actor. Development of the actor’s artistic sense and presentation with regard to text, environment, actions and choices. Public performance required. 36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.

THE-35
Classical Acting with Emphasis in Shakespearean Verse
3 units

UC, CSU
Prerequisite: THE-32.
Development of techniques for performing classical verse with an emphas is in Shakespearean texts. Special emphasis on actor’s physical instrument, voice, speech and body, to handle demands of elevated verse. Analysis and thematic aspects of Shakespeare and elevated verse, especially meter, rhythm, structure, imagery, antithesis, word games, patterns, stressing and inflections. Practical applications through scene and monologue work. 36
hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.

THE-36
Improvisational Acting
3 units
UC, CSU
Prerequisite: THE-32.
Advanced principles and techniques of improvisational acting designed to increase creativity, problem solving and performance skills. Students will develop the ability to work in short and long and form, dramatic and comedic, pantomime skills, group work, spontaneity, offers, narrative, characterization and endowments. Public performance required. 36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
​THE-37
Musical Theater Techniques
3 units
UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition on or before the first class meeting.
Principles and techniques of the various performance methods and styles involved in performing for the musical theater, including solo and choral singing, dancing and acting. Culminates in public performance. 36
hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
THE-38
Auditioning for the Stage
1 unit

CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Principles and techniques of the various performance methods and styles involved in auditioning for the stage encompassing a variety of theatrical genres. 9 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory.

​THE-39
Acting for the Camera
3 unit
​UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: THE-32.
Principles and techniques of specialized methods and styles involved in acting for the camera culminating in performance on film. This course encompasses the study and exercise in the special techniques of acting for the motion picture and television cameras. Emphasis will be placed on gaining an understanding of the various camera angles, shots, positions and actor behaviors that are unique to acting before a camera. Practical work in front of a camera is required. 45 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory.
THE-41
Elementary Stagecraft
3 units

UC, CSU (C-ID THTR 171)
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in THE-2 or 4 or 5 or 6.
Basic physical equipment of the theater, including use and safety, elementary set construction, scenic painting, drafting and critical
analysis of scenic design for the theater.36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.

THE-44
Theatrical Set Design
3 units​

UC,CSU (C-ID THTR 172)
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in THE-5 or 6 or 41.
The study of the principals, techniques and practices of scenic design and execution for the stage. Includes script analysis in relation to the aesthetic and dramaturgical demands of theatre art in formulating design concepts. Analysis of space, movement, mood, period, style, texture, materials and color to achieve the execution of design concepts through techniques of rendering, model-making, drafting and presentation. Working collaboratively with the director and design staff while maintaining production budget guidelines. 45 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory.

THE-46
Theatrical Costume Design
3 units ​
UC, CSU (C-ID THTR 174)
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ART-17 or 40.
The study of the principles, techniques and practices of theatrical costume design for stage, television and film. Includes script and character analysis to achieve characterization through design and working collaboratively with the director and design staff. The choice, use and manipulation of patterns, textiles, jewelry and accessories to imitate the historical needs of the production while maintaining production budget guidelines. Student will be assigned costume crew responsibilities for a theatrical production. 45 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory.
​THE-48
Theatrical Lighting Design
3 units
​UC,CSU (C-ID THTR 173)
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: THE-5 or 6 or ART-23.
The study and implementation of the principles, techniques and practices of lighting design for the stage. Includes training in the creative concepts of lighting design, how to create a light plot, hang the lighting instruments for a show, as well as the practical use and operation of lighting equipment used to execute the design. Students will also be trained in industry safety standards that will prepare the student for work in the industry. Student will be assigned lighting crew responsibilities for a theatrical production. 45 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory.
THE-49
Scenic Painting for the Theater
3 units

UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: THE-41 or ART-17 or 26.
The study of the principles, techniques and practices of scenic painting for the stage, including historical and present-day methods. This course will include use of brush, roller, spray gun, texturing, rock background, wood graining, wallpaper, masonry, scenic drops and other scene painting techniques. Study of the principles of color and color mixing in paint techniques, as well as the various types of paints used in the theater. 36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.

​THE-54
Introduction to Stage Management
3 units

UC, CSU
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in THE-5 or 6.
A comprehensive study of the role of the stage manager in theatrical productions, including the duties, obligations and responsibilities of the stage manager, and the unique role of the stage manager in production coordination. Students will be given stage management responsibilities for a theater department production with concurrent enrollment in either THE-5 or 6. 54 hours lecture.

THE-200
Theater Arts Work Experience
1-2-3-4 units​
CSU*
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Students should have paid or voluntary employment.
This course is designed to coordinate the student’s occupational on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Students enrolled in this occupational work experience course must be employed in a field related to the work experience subject area.Students may earn up to four (4) units each semester for a maximum of 16 units of work experience. No more than 20 hours per week may be applied toward the work requirement. 18 hours lecture. Additionally, 60 hours of volunteer work or 75 hours of paid work is required for each unit.