Technical Theater, A.S.

The Technical Theater A.S. Degree will prepare students for a career in performing arts productions specifically entailing set construction and painting, lighting design, operation and rigging of lighting instruments, costume design and construction, makeup application, and sound recording and reproduction. Students will develop the practical and aesthetic skills necessary for employment in scene shops, costume shops, recording studios, professional theaters, college theaters, film/television studios, theme parks, and other venues. Students will also build the foundation necessary for transfer to a baccalaureate program in these or related fields of study.


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MSJC General Education Option A 

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
THA-117 Stagecraft 3
DAN-120 Conditioning and Alignment for Dance 2
THA-101 Introduction to Theater 3
PE-112 Body Conditioning 1
Spring Semester 1
CSIS-111B Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
THA-136 Cultural History of American Motion Pictures 3
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
AUD/MUS-140 Beginning Studio Recording 3
THA-120 Stage Lighting 3
Fall Semester 2
THA-124 Scenic Painting 3
ENVS-100 Humans and Scientific Inquiry 3
THA-216 Musical Theater Production: Theater 3
THA-118 Stage Management 3
THA-122 Stage Makeup 3
Spring Semester 2
DAN-100 History and Appreciation of Dance 3
THA-201 Rehearsal and Performance 2
THA-155 Musical Theater History 3
THA-135 Introduction to Film 3
THA-121 Costume Construction 3
 Total Units60

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Technical Theater Courses12
Technical Theater Electives6
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AUD-140Beginning Studio Recording3
or MUS-140 Beginning Studio Recording
THA-120Stage Lighting3
THA-121Costume Construction3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Stage Management
Stage Makeup
Introduction to Scene Design (formerly Models and Rendering)
Scenic Painting
Total Units18

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