• Professional Theatre Technician Curriculum

  • Associates of Applied Science Degree Program
    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    The Theatre Arts Professional Technician curriculum is geared to students who wish to specialize in the planning, design and execution of theatrical scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup and stage management. Students may choose to apply to IATSE (Stagehands Union) or work as a freelance technician. The curriculum is designed for students who wish to enter the workforce at the completion of the 2 year program.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Apply knowledge of safe working practices and theatre etiquette to stage productions
    • Read and execute technical drawings for scenery, lighting and rigging
    • Apply critical thinking skills to solve theatre production challenges
    • Create completed theatrical designs in one or more technical areas
    • Create a résumé and support materials (portfolio) suitable for an interview in professional or educational theatre
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COMM219 Small Group Communication 3
    HE252 First Aid 3
    TA111 Technical Theatre: Scenery and Rigging 3
    TA134C Technical Theatre Workshop 3
    TA115 Professional Technician Orientation 1
    WLD116 General Welding 1
    ART231 Drawing 1
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HUM202 Ethics in the Workplace 3
    TA112 Technical Theatre: Lighting and Sound 3
    TA135C Technical Theatre Workshop 3
    TA227 Theatrical Makeup 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ART117 Basic Design: Three-Dimensional 4
    TA101 Appreciating Theatre 3
    TA113 Technical Theatre: Painting and Special Effects 3
    TA136C Technical Theatre Workshop 3
    TA121 Costuming 3
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II 1 4
    TA106 Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance 3
    TA141 Acting Fundamentals I
    TA234C Technical Theatre Workshop: Studio Production 3
    Related Elective 3 3-4
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA107 Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary 3
    TA213 Stage Lighting Design 3
    TA235C Technical Theatre Workshop: Major Production Second Year 3
    Related Elective3 7-8
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    TA211 Scene Design 3
    TA236C Technical Theatre Workshop 2
    TA280F Cooperative Education Internship2 6
    Total Credits: 92-95

    1 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    2 Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.
    3 See related electives listed below.

    Related Electives:

    ART226 Adobe Photoshop (offered Winter) 4 Credits
    ART211 Survey of Visual Arts (offered all terms) 4 Credits
    ART281 Painting I (offered all terms) 4 Credits
    ART240 Drawing: Cartooning I (offered Fall, Winter, Spring) 4 Credits
    ENG201 Shakespeare: The Early Plays (offered Fall) 4 Credits
    ENG202 Shakespeare: The Later Plays (offered Winter) 4 Credits
    MUS117 Electronic Music Production (offered all terms) 3 Credits
    TA142 Acting Fundamentals (offered Winter) 3 Credits
    TA198C Independent Studies: Theatre (offered all terms) 3 Credits