Theatre (THE.AA)

Associate in Arts

Arts and Communication

Orchard Ridge Campus

The Theatre program is an Associate in Arts degree with a concentration in Theatre. This program includes performance and the technical aspects of theatre, including theory and practical experience. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, enter a specialized school of acting, or enter the professional entertainment industry.

Graduating from this program qualifies the student for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement. Students should work closely with an OCC counselor to identify courses from the MTA List which apply to the endorsement and to select courses that will satisfy the intake requirements of the intended transfer institution.  

All courses that satisfy MTA requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.  All courses comprising the 62 credits required for the degree must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Because transferability of credits varies with colleges and universities, programs, and departmental majors, students are urged to discuss their program plans with an OCC counselor and an advisor at the intended transfer institution.

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General Requirements
English Composition3
Communications0 or 3-4
Fine Arts / Humanities0 or 2-4
Natural Sciences7-10
Social Sciences6-7
Required Specialty Courses
THE 15611Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 1571Acting I3
THE 1580Acting II3
THE 1583Movement for the Actor3
THE 1585Acting for Film3
THE 1587Audition and the Business of Acting3
THE 1590Improvisation3
THE 1701Theatre Activity1
THE 1702Theatre Activity2
Complete 12 credits from the following courses:12
Forensic Activity1
Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama 3
William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories and Sonnets 3
Introduction to Playwriting and Screenwriting 3
Introduction to Film 3
Dance - Modern1
Voice for the Actor3
Theatre Production and Technology3
Theatre Activity3
Any Topics in Theatre Course: THE-2101-2107 (See course list below)
Any Topics in Technical Theatre Course: THE-2111-2113 (See course list below)
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses55-68
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Arts degree. Must be completed from courses numbered 1000 through 2999.0-7
Total Credit Hours62-68

 Course may be used to meet Fine Arts / Humanities requirement.


 Course may be used to meet Communications requirement.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation. 

Topics in Theatre

THE 2101Topics in Theatre: Advanced Acting for Film2
THE 2103Topics in Theatre: Acting Shakespeare3
THE 2104Topics in Theatre: Children's Theatre Production3
THE 2105Topics in Theatre: Improvisation II3
THE 2106Topics in Theatre: Acting in Musical Theatre1-3
THE 2107Topics in Theatre1-3

Topics in Technical Theatre

THE 2111Topics in Technical Theatre1-3
THE 2112Topics in Technical Theatre: Hair & Make-Up Design and Application2
THE 2113Topics in Technical Theatre1-3
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