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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Theatre

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Theatre provides a foundation in design, technical, and performance practices for students who wish to specialize in performing arts, including acting, directing, design and technology, stage management, playwriting, and dramaturgy. This degree helps students develop the communication, collaboration, and creative problem-solving skills that are sought after by most career fields. With an associate degree, students will be prepared to enter a career or for transfer to a bachelor degree program.

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 Theatre (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8315
Total credits required
60-92
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

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

Because transfer requirements vary by program and institution, students intending to transfer are strongly encouraged to meet with a faculty program advisor and student success analyst 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 foundational skills in design, technical, and performance practices for effective communication and personal expression across various artistic genres.
  2. Apply critical thinking and research skills to the creative process.
  3. Collaborate effectively, recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
  4. Generate ideas, creations, or models that express the human condition and one`s relationship to the culturally diverse world.
  5. Interpret dramatic works within historical, cultural, and contemporary contexts.
  6. Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, in accordance with copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field.
  7. Develop a portfolio of artistic and academic work to support university transfer, career development, and/or personal use.

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

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$48,480

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
  • Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
  • Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
* 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.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

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
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6
Critical course Gateway course HU 3
or
or Critical course Gateway course Recommend students pursuing acting should take in the first semester and second semester
Students pursuing technical theater should take first semester and second semester
3鈥4
or
or 1鈥3
Transfer Option Transfer Option Theatre Production/Practicum course varies by transfer plan 1
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or
or or SB or SB or SB 3
Critical course HU, L 3
or
or Critical course Gateway course Recommend students pursuing acting should take in the first semester and second semester
Students pursuing technical theater should take first semester and second semester
3鈥4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS 3
or
or SG or SQ 4
3
3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 2鈥3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3
SB 3
SQ 4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 2鈥3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 2鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

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
or FYC or FYC 3
Critical course Gateway course HU 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
OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3鈥6
or
or Critical course Gateway course Recommend students pursuing acting should take in the first semester and second semester
Students pursuing technical theater should take first semester and second semester
3鈥4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or Critical course Gateway course Recommend students pursuing acting should take in the first semester and second semester
Students pursuing technical theater should take first semester and second semester
3鈥4
Transfer Option Transfer Option Theatre Production/Practicum course varies by transfer plan 1
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or FYC or FYC 3
3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or or SB or SB or SB 3
Critical course HU, L 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SG or SQ 4
SB 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
CS 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 2鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3
SQ 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
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.