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Associate of Arts

Visual And Performing Arts-Theater Option

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Theater offers a challenging course of study to both new and experienced theater artists. In contrast to most large universities, our students have many opportunities early in their study to assume a variety of production roles, spanning the entire gamut from acting to set design. The hands-on experience you build here at NVCC will form an excellent foundation for entry-level jobs or transfer to a four-year program. Through a combination of classroom training, production experience opportunities and community service outreach, you will develop the creative and intellectual potential that lead to individual, artistic and professional development.

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions theater performance, design & technology, and theater and arts management. 
  • Through the CSCU Pathway Transfer Theater Studies students may transfer to the CSCU four-year school of their choice to pursue a bachelor's degree in theater.
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Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Quick Facts

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NVCC theater students are accepted into competitive BFA and BA theater programs.

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The NVCC theater program produces full-scale productions each semester.

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The NVCC Stage Society hosts professional workshops, master classes, and annual trips to a Broadway show.

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Act, direct, build sets, learn about lighting, study dramatic literature... Come explore your artistic potential!

The theater 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, artist, and future theater professionals. Ultimately, the theater program strives to develop the creative and intellectual potential in both arts and non-arts majors at the college. Graduate employment may include assistant-ships as directors, stage managers, theater technicians, box office managers, marketing coordinators, sound engineers, lighting assistants or acting interns. Through a combination of:

  • classroom training
  • production experience
  • community service outreach

you will develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to grow independently and successfully in:

  • acting
  • directing
  • technical crew
  • stagecraft
  • lighting
  • scene design
  • dramatic literature
  • productions


Facilities

The 800-seat Mainstage Theater is equipped with a fly system, along with state of the art technology in the areas of lighting, sound, and rigging. 

For smaller productions, our 100 seat Playbox has the flexibility to be reconfigured to service a variety of design approaches, and to handle both musical and non-musical productions. It likewise features brand new lighting and sound technology. The facility also houses make-up rooms, a scene shop, a costume shop, prop and storage rooms, a green room, box office, and rehearsal space.

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Program Requirements

Visual and Performing Arts Theater option A.A.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
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
SECOND SEMESTER
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
THIRD SEMESTER
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
FOURTH SEMESTER
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.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Theater Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Creativity THR*H110 Acting I 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Program Requirement THR*H102 Theater History I 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirement THR*H120 Stagecraft 3
Program Requirement General Elective1- See Advisor 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Program Requirement THR*H112 Voice and Diction 3
Program Requirement General Elective1- See Advisor 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Global Knowledge Choose any Global Knowledge listed 3
Program Requirement THR*H210 Acting II 3
Program Requirement General Elective1- See Advisor 3
Program Requirement General Elective1- See Advisor 3

Total Credits: 61

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.

1Students should consider beginning or completing work on foreign language requirements for CCSU, WCSU, ECSU, & Charter Oak.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

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Students looking to continue their education in a 4-year program with a focus on theater can seamlessly transfer to any one of four of the CSCU universities through the Pathway Transfer program.

Career Paths

  • Theatre Performance
  • Design & Technology
  • Theater and Arts Management

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