Associate of Arts in Dramatic Arts: Acting - Not for Transfer (AA)

Division: Fine Arts

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Dramatic Arts - Acting through the study of acting theories, dramatic literature and performance styles. Students will acquire skills in the application of modern acting theories, classical early realist, absurdist, modern and contemporary performing styles, text analysis and character development and maintenance of the body and voice.

Program Outcomes

  • Critically analyze the acting component of a publicly produced production.
  • Apply historical context to a performance.
  • Synthesize interpretation of ideas with the physical/psychological action in performance in front of an audience.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: professional actor, education and psychology.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
Required Major Courses (19 Units)19
Intro to the Theatre *
Fundamentals of Acting 1
Fundamentals of Acting 2
Intermediate Acting: Classical
Intermediate Acting 2: Styles
Restricted Electives-Production (4 Units)4
Select two of the following courses:
Rehearsal and Performance 1
Music Theatre Rehears.&Perform
Rehearsal and Performance 2
One Act Play Production
Restricted Electives (19 Units)19
Select nineteen units from the following courses:
Beginning Stagecraft
Rehearsal and Performance 1
Music Theatre Rehears.&Perform
Rehearsal and Performance 2
One Act Play Production
Stage Movement/Stage Combat
Music Theater
Film Appreciation-American
Film Apprec-International

Courses meet General Education requirements and 3 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).