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Theatre Arts Program Information


The theatre curriculum at Irvine Valley includes courses in acting, directing, theatre production and theatre design. Theatre students are encouraged to participate in a variety of theatrical performances, among them dramas, comedies and musical theatre. The Department of Theatre emphasizes the development of the many and various skills required in the theatre-including stagecraft, lighting, costuming, and production. The curriculum also includes courses in theatre appreciation, voice and diction, and musical theater.


Students majoring in theatre arts concentrate on developing the expressive, interpretive, artistic and practical skills fundamental to the production of various types of dramatic literature. Students who wish to complete an Associate in Arts degree in theatre may select one of the following four options to fulfill the major requirement: (1) Theatre Arts, (2) Acting, (3) Technical Theatre, or (4) Theatre Arts for Transfer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the theatre arts, acting, or technical theatre program, students will be able to do one of the following:

  • Perform a role in a theatrical production.
  • Construct theatrical elements.
  • Manage a theatrical production.
  • Apply fundamentals of theatrical design.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Theatre Arts majors develop an ability to project and present themselves before audiences in formal performances. Thus the major is appropriate both for students who are anticipating careers in acting, directing or theatre production, and for those who may choose careers with a high profile such as law, teaching, sales or management.