Technical Theater Certificate

The Certificate program in Technical Theater will prepare students for a career in performing arts productions specifically entailing set construction, lighting rigging, costume construction, makeup application, and sound recording and reproduction. Students will develop practical and aesthetic skills necessary for employment in scene shops, costume shops, and recording studios in professional theaters, college theaters, film-television studios, theme parks, and other venues. The courses entailed in the certificate are at the core of the AS Non Transfer Degree in Technical Theater. Students can choose to continue and build the foundation necessary for transfer to a baccalaureate program in these or related fields of study.



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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
AUD-140 Introduction to Audio Recording 3
THA-117 Stagecraft 3
THA-120 Stage Lighting 3
THA-121 Costume Construction 3
Spring Semester 1
Select two of the following: 6
Stage Management
Stage Makeup
Introduction to Scene Design (formerly Models and Rendering)
Scenic Painting
 Total Units18
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AUD-140Introduction to Audio Recording3
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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Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2024 


This program is designed to be completed in 8 months 

This program will cost $828 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

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Cost per unit $46
Nonresident Fees- Tuition: $318
Capital Outlay: $58
Parking Permits cost $90 a year or $45 a semester
RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester
SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester
Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester
Student Health Center Fee - $52 a year or $26 a semester
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