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Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division

Theater Arts Option

Program Description

The Theater Arts Option offers a challenging course of study for both the novice student and experienced theater artist. Through a combination of classroom training, production experience opportunities, and community service outreach, NVCC theater students develop a definite set of skills, knowledge, and values that lead to growth as individuals, artists, and future theater professionals. Ultimately, the NVCC theater program strives to develop the creative and intellectual potential in both arts and non-arts majors at the college. Graduate employment may include assistantships as directors, stage managers, theater technicians, box office managers, marketing coordinators, sound engineers, lighting assistants, or acting interns.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications THR*H101 Introduction to Theater 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Program Requirement THR*H110 Acting I 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement THR*H210 Acting II 3
Program Requirement THR*H120 Stagecraft 3
Program Requirement Visual Arts Elective (choose one from ART *H101, *H102, *H111, or *H121) 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement THR*H190 Theatre Practicum I 3
Program Requirement Music Elective (choose one from: MUS *H101, *H111, *H173, *H183, or *H184) 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement THR*H290 Theatre Practicum II 3
Program Requirement Dance Elective, (Choose one from DAN *H101, *H102, *H111, or *H113) 3
Program Requirement Visual and Performing Arts Elective 1 6

Total Credits: 60-62>

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

◊MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

1Choose 6 credits from Visual and Performing Arts Electives listed in the right column and College catalog.

Visual and Performing Arts Electives:
ART*H101 Art History I
ART*H102 Art History II
ART*H121 Two-Dimensional Design
ART*H122 Three-Dimensional Design
ART*H131 Sculpture I
ART*H132 Sculpture II
ART*H141 Photography I
ART*H142 Photography II
ART*H160 Crafts
ART*H161 Ceramics I
ART*H162 Ceramics II
ART*H167 Printmaking I
COM*H175 Voice and Diction
DAN*H101 History and Appreciation of World Dance
DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic
DAN*H111 Jazz Dance I: Afro-Caribbean/ American
DAN*H112 Jazz Dance II: Broadway & Film
DAN*H113 Modern Dance I: Pioneers of America
DAT*H106 Digital Design
DAT*H116 Interactive Media Design
DAT*H212 3D Graphics and Animation I
DAT*H290 Digital Arts Project
GRA*H150 Introduction to Graphic Design
MUS*H101 History and Appreciation of Music
MUS*H103 History of American Music
MUS*H104 World Music
MUS*H111 Fundamentals of Music I
MUS*H153 Class Instruction Piano
MUS*H158 Chamber Music/Jazz Ensemble
MUS*H163 Ear Training I
MUS*H164 Ear Training II
MUS*H173 Class Voice
MUS*H176 Gospel Choir
MUS*H179 Opera Performance Ensemble
MUS*H183 Applied Private Music Lessons
MUS*H184 Applied Private Music Lessons
MUS*H206 Introduction to Music Education
MUS*H208 Introduction to Music Therapy
MUS*H213 Music Theory III
MUS*H214 Music Theory IV
MUS*H254 Concert Band
MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/Audio Technology I
THR*H225 Directing
THR*H226 Musical Theater Production
THR*H231 Dramatic Literature
THR*H295 Theater Practicum III


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of historical events in film and theater.
  2. Demonstrate the art of stage technology, costuming, set construction, and lighting.
  3. Demonstrate specific performance skills in acting, including character analysis, blocking, interpretation, voice and diction.
  4. Master the art of theatrical auditioning.
  5. Develop a repertory of theatrical roles through participation in plays and theater events.
  6. Develop an appreciation of world culture through the beauty and discipline of the art of theater.

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