The Theatre Arts department offers a wide range of theatre courses and production opportunities. Through the study of the theatrical arts (acting, directing, stagecraft, design, and playwriting) students experience the power and value of theatre as a form of cultural development, societal reflection, and communication. Theatrical experience helps students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and human behavior by developing creative and critical thinking skills in a teamwork environment.
Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).
Preparation for Success
Most people studying for a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts take courses in radio and television broadcasting, communications, film, theater, and dramatic literature. Many continue their academic training and earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Students planning to major in Theatre Arts at a four-year college or university should take as many Theatre Arts courses as possible, especially Intro to Theatre, Acting, and courses in dramatic literature.
Careers in theatre arts go beyond performance in stage, radio, television, video, and motion picture productions. Careers are also found in technical areas of theatrical production; costumers, sound and light technicians, carpenters, set designers, and business managers are essential to the field. Some actors do narration work for advertisements, animated features, recorded books, and other electronic media. Many theatre arts graduates teach theatre in high school and college theatre departments.
The Theatre Arts Department is part of the Performing and Visual Arts Division. This division provides a safe and inclusive learning environment, working to support the creative potential of all WWCC students. The division provides a variety of venues to feature student work. These include a full season of productions at The China Pavilion, the Children's Summer Theatre program, and The Musical Experience at the Pavilion.
The Theatre Arts Department also support students' efforts to fulfill degree requirements by offering a wide array of courses appealing to multiple levels of interest, skill, and experience. Course offerings provide the basis for transfer, occupations, and life-long learning.