Students are expected to learn the following within the Theater Option of the Arts and Sciences Transfer program:


1. History of Theater
  • Identify the major authors, periods, movements, and issues in drama and theater.
  • Interpret themes and issues addressed in dramatic works and compare them to personal experiences or historical events.
  • Apply historical information to the critique of artistic work.
2. Performance Skills
  • Write English prose with clarity, style, and artistic purpose.
  • Use dramatic narrative conventions to write and perform monologues, scenes, and plays that are based on personal experiences, real or improvised situations, or historical events.
  • Apply vocabulary from dance, music, and visual arts, to discuss the visual, aural, or kinesthetic elements of a theatrical production.
  • Demonstrate mastery of one or more aspects of the theater including, but not limited to: acting, directing, design (sets, lighting, costumes, sound, props, makeup), playwriting, dramaturgy, criticism, scholarship, administration, and management.
  • Use selected forms, themes, conflicts, and action to create improvised and scripted dramatic works.
3. Collaboration
  • Work collaboratively on group projects, effectively drawing from all members' strengths.
  • Describe each of the traditional jobs found in the theater (actor; playwright; producer; director; lighting, costume, and set designers) and how they evolved over time in a variety of historical periods and cultures.
4. Critique
  • Analyze and illustrate ways in which the script, properties, scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound are manipulated to communicate dramatic elements in theatrical productions.
  • Formulate, apply, and communicate criteria for evaluating personal performances and the performances of others.