Theatre Arts A.A. Degree (10600.AA)

School of Arts and Social Sciences

The Theatre curriculum is designed to meet the lower division requirements of most California State Universities offering a general major in Theatre or Drama. Students that complete an AA-T in Theatre from Merced College will be prepared for upper division course work in Theatre, Theatre Arts or Drama at a California State University.

Through theoretical study and practical application in skills classes and theatrical productions, the Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre will offer the student the skills necessary to:

  1. Transfer to a Theatre Arts program, for a BA in Theatre or a BFA program in a Theatre specialty, in a competitive four-year institution or conservatory program.

  2. Begin a career in Theatre Arts, including acting and technical theatre, at the pre-professional or community theatre level.

  3. Students from other disciplines, such as business, humanities, psychology, communications and education, can also benefit from the creative and ensemble-building skills acquired in Theatre studies.

For an Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts is available for students who meet the graduation requirements and complete the following 24-unit curriculum below, with a minimum grade of a ā€œCā€ in each course in the degree and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Demonstrate an understanding of theatre as a collaborative art form by performing or participating in productions from diverse theatrical genres at a level equal to junior-level peers at four-year institutions and pre-professional conservatory or certificate programs.

B. Demonstrate high artistic standards and professional responsibility with regard to performance and theatre in production.

C. Develop the skills to understand, critically assess, and interpret dramatic literature and performance practices from around the world.

D. Develop an understanding of all theatre occupations and a working knowledge of how to produce a theatrical production.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (24 Units)


THTR-01 Introduction to Theater 


THTR-10 Acting I 


THTR-20 Rehearsal and Performance in Production


THTR-21 Technical Theatre in Production


THTR-30 Stagecraft


THTR-11 Acting II (3)
THTR-14 Script Analysis: Plays in Performance (3)


Plus six units from the following electives:

THTR-04 World Theatre I (3)
THTR-31 Introduction to Theatre Design (3)
ENGL-08 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
ENGL-14 Introduction to Film (3)
HUM-21 Humanities and Film (3)
MUSA-21A Voice I (3)


Total Units for Major: (24 Units)

Completion of MCCD-GE Breadth: (23 units)

Elective (as needed to reach 60 units) Units: (13 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


John Albano


(209) 384-6073

School Office

IAC-A Social Sciences BLDG., 2ND Floor


(209) 381-6478

Theatre Arts Website