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Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Dr. Ben Fisler, 443-412-2644,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Arts Associate of Arts degree in Theatre: Performance is designed to provide a broad liberal education as well as specialized professional training in which emphasis is placed on performance skills. Harford Community College faculty work with each student to create an artistic point of view within a professional work ethic appropriate for the theatre.

The major in Theatre: Performance is time-consuming and physically demanding. Participation in mainstage and studio productions is part of the educational program. All majors must participate in theatre activities on weekends and during the evening. Performance students work in all forms of theatre such as plays, musicals, mime, and children’s drama.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree students will be able to:
  1. Successfully transfer to a four-year institution.
  2. Perform specific, marketable skills in theatre.
  3. Demonstrate professional standards of behavior.
  4. Apply appropriate performance or production skills to a variety of theatrical projects.
  5. Use appropriate resources to identify jobs and training opportunities in theatre.

Graduates of this program may transfer to such institutions as Towson University and University of Maryland campuses in Baltimore County and College Park. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance as early as possible in their academic careers.

Close professional advising and job networking provided by the faculty allows graduates to find employment opportunities with performing arts organizations and a variety of businesses and promoters involved in live theatrical and musical performances including: live theater, cruise ship lines, theme parks, film, television, and commercial promotions.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
ENG 101English Composition 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
THEA 101Introduction to Theatre 3
THEA 102Acting I 3
THEA 104Stagecraft I 3
General Elective **/***1
 Semester Total16
Second Semester Credits
MC 206History of Film 3
THEA 103Acting II 3
THEA 279Theatre Workshop I 1
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective ***3
 Semester Total13
Third Semester   Credits
ART 108Digital Media Culture 3
DRAM 203Survey of World Drama  
THEA 106Script Analysis: From Page to Stage *3
THEA 221Vocal Performance for the Stage 3
THEA 222Movement for the Actor 3
THEA 280Theatre Workshop II 1
Biological/Physical Science Elective **3
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
DRAM 204Survey of Modern Drama 3
PE 178Dance Movement 1
THEA 201Fundamentals of Play Directing 3
THEA 223Makeup for the Performer 3
THEA 281Theatre Workshop III 1
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
 Semester Total15

* THEA 106 Script Analysis is required for students intending to transfer to Towson University.
**If a four-credit course in mathematics is substituted, the one-credit General Elective in the first semester is not necessary.
***If a four-credit course in biological/physical science is substituted, the one-credit General Elective in the first semester is not necessary.

Courses in this program may require field trips.