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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Musical Theatre degree provides a foundation in performance and production practices in music, theatre, and dance. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs, such as the Bachelor of Musical Theatre, which may require an audition.

Details

Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Degree Type
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8314
Total credits required
66-83
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Some courses may require permission of instructor and/or audition for placement. For enrollment in private instruction for voice, consult the college music department.

Because transfer requirements vary by program and institution, students intending to transfer are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic and faculty advisor once they have selected their transfer institution to ensure all requirements for achieving junior standing are satisfied.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental technical and artistic proficiency in singing, dancing, and acting.
  2. Create convincing characters through techniques in voice, movement, and interpretation.
  3. Locate and evaluate multiple sources of information in order to inform performance.
  4. Examine and interpret relevant historical and cultural context to inform individual performance and the production process.
  5. Integrate the unique characteristics, complexities, and best practices of the performing arts to inform individual performance and the production process.
  6. Interpret and apply constructive feedback as appropriate.
  7. Collaborate effectively by identifying the importance of individual roles and contributions, diverse experiences, and opinions.
  8. Apply the required time, focus, and acquired skills to achieve short, mid-, and long term goals.
  9. Develop and employ an effective collection of audition/portfolio materials to highlight relevant aspects of music, dance, and theatrical abilities.
  10. Adhere to ethical standards and current practices related to intellectual property and copyright laws, permissions, and revision of source material.
  11. Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and nonverbal forms.
  12. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$64,680

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$56,880

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Actors
  • Choreographers
  • Dancers
  • Singers
* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
or
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or ( and ) or ( and ) or ( and ) or ( and ) 3鈥4
or
or 1鈥2
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Critical course Gateway course Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 1鈥2
Critical course 3
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
Critical course OR Any higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6
or
or
or
or or or 1
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
or
or 1鈥2
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 0鈥2
HU 3
HU, L 3
3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 0鈥2
2
or
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)
or
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or ( and ) or () OR [ and ( OR )] or formerly 3鈥4
or
or 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
SQ 4
or
or
or or HU or C, HU or HU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
or
or
or or Select an elective course within the area of Dance, Music Performance, and/or Theatre Performance/Production in consultation with the Faculty, Program advisor and/or the Visual and Performing Arts student success analyst. Course cannot be used to satisfy Required Courses. 1鈥3
2
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 0鈥2
Recommend CS 3
SB 3
or
or SG or SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
( and
)
or
( and
)
or
( and
)
or
( and
)
or ( and ) or ( and ) or ( and ) or ( and ) 3鈥4
or
or 1鈥2
Critical course 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
or
or
or
or or or 1
or
or 1鈥2
3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Critical course Gateway course Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 1鈥2
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
Critical course OR Any higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
SB 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 0鈥2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
2
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 0鈥2
or
( and
)
or
()
or ( and ) or () OR [ and ( OR )] or formerly 3鈥4
HU, L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or 3
or
or
or or HU or C, HU or HU 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DAN Dance Technique Select a total of four credits from the Dance Technique Courses list. Up to four courses may be selected from the area of Musical Theatre. No more than two courses can be selected from each of the other areas. 1鈥2
2
SQ 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or or Select an elective course within the area of Dance, Music Performance, and/or Theatre Performance/Production in consultation with the Faculty, Program advisor and/or the Visual and Performing Arts student success analyst. Course cannot be used to satisfy Required Courses. 1鈥3
Recommend CS 3
SB 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
MUP/THP273
or or Musical Theatre Production Students must complete at least one credit of MUP/. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. MUP/ may be completed for credit twice. 0鈥2
or
or SG or SQ 4

Dance Technique

Students must complete a total of five credits from the list below. No more than two credits may be taken from any one of the areas listed below.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre Dance I
Musical Theatre Dance II
Musical Theatre Dance III
Musical Theatre Dance IV

Ballroom

Any Ballroom Course
Latin I 
Latin II 

Jazz

Jazz Dance I 
Jazz Dance II 
Jazz Dance III 
Jazz Dance III: Intensive
Jazz Dance IV 
Jazz Dance IV: Intensive

Ballet

Ballet I 
Ballet II 
Ballet III 
Ballet III: Intensive
Ballet IV 
Ballet IV: Intensive

Modern

Modern Dance I 
Modern Dance II 
Modern Dance III 
Modern Dance III: Intensive
Modern Dance IV 
Modern Dance IV: Intensive

Tap

Tap Dance I 
Tap Dance II 
Tap Dance III 
Tap Dance IV 

Hip Hop

Any Hip Hop Course 
Any Hip Hip Course 

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.