Associate of Arts in Dramatic Arts - Technical (AA)

Division: Fine Arts

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Dramatic Arts - Technical through the study of stagecraft, costuming, makeup and lighting. Students will acquire skills in set construction, costume construction, lighting design/plot and makeup design and application.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply historical context to a technical aspect of a production.
  • Critically analyze the technical component(s) of a publicly produced production.
  • Synthesize implementation of physical, visual, and/or aural elements within a production 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: stage run crew, light/sound board operator, stage electrician/carpenter/welder, scenic artist and wardrobe/makeup crew.


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.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
DRAM 001Introduction to the Theatre *3
DRAM 002Fundamentals of Acting 14
or DRAM 003 Fundamentals of Acting 2
DRAM 012Costuming3
DRAM 013Beginning Stagecraft3
DRAM 015Beginning Stage Lighting3
DRAM 017Makeup3
DRAM 019Rehearsal and Performance - Classical2
DRAM 020Music Theatre Rehearsal and Performance - Classical2
DRAM 021Rehearsal and Performance - Contemporary2
DRAM 022One Act Play Production2
Select eight units from the following courses:
DRAM 006Shakespeare3
DRAM 014Intermediate Stagecraft3
DRAM 016Intermediate Stage Lighting3
CINA 031Film Appreciation-American3
CINA 032Film Appreciation-International3
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

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).