Live Entertainment Management

The Arts

Looking for a career in the broad-based field of live entertainment? Learn to organize and lead teams of artists, technicians and performers as you make all kinds of shows happen. Become a stage manager, and work “behind-the-scenes” in the entertainment industry.

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Live Entertainment Management students gain experience in rehearsal and performance procedures by participating in live productions at IVC’s Performing Arts Center. Local employers include theaters, theme parks, convention centers, concert producers, opera companies, dance companies, cruise ships and cirque troupes. Gain valuable experience leading backstage crews as you and your team execute shows before a live audience. As a stage manager you will find yourself at the center of all aspects of a production including costume designers, directors, performers and backstage crews.

Program Length

Associate Degree students can finish in four semesters. Certificate students can finish in as little as two semesters

Transfer Options

Associates Degree students complete coursework that fulfills degree transfer requirements to local universities such as Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, and other UC/CSU campuses.

Program Specific Support

Opportunities are available for the student to:

  • Work on live productions as managers, designers and technicians.
  • Assist working artists on touring summer shows. 
  • Get placement in internships with local employers such as The Laguna Playhouse and Pacific Coast Entertainment.  
  • Receive assistance developing portfolios required for university transfer
  • Receive interview coaching and support developing an industry specific résumé.
  • Apply for employment at the IVC Performing Arts Center doing management support, selling tickets, or working as ushers.

Your Support Team

Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

Coming Soon: Completion Teams to get students from start to goal! Look for your team beginning fall 2021!

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
TA 51Stage Management Practicum1
TA 52Stage Management Seminar3
TA 1Acting3
TA 61, 62, 63, 64 or 65Back Stage Crew1
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
TA 53Advanced Stage Management3
TA 40 or TA 54Introduction to Theater Design or Special Topics in Stage Management3
TA 71, 72,73, 74, 75 or 76Production Shop1-3
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
TA 168Cooperative Work Experience: Live Entertainment1-3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
TA 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A or 19AVarious Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor1
TA 20, 25, 25H, 26 or 26HTheater Appreciation or Great Plays 7 & Major3
TA 41Stage Lighting DesignMajor3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B & Major3
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
TA 40Introduction to DesignMajor3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 1ActingMajor3
TA 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19Various Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor2
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 42 or 43Costume or Scenic DeisgnMajor3
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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