Live Entertainment Technology

The Arts

Looking for a career in the broad-based field of live entertainment? Become an entertainment technician, and work “behind-the-scenes.” You can make magic happen on stage.

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Entertainment Technology students learn the fundamentals of stage lighting, scenery construction, audio equipment, and rigging. You can learn to work with specialized tools such as programmable lighting controllers, fog machines, sound mixing consoles, and woodworking equipment. Create special makeup effects such as scars, wounds and prosthetics. 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.

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 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 working as a stage technician

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 41Stage Lighting Design3
TA 47Sound Reinforcement for Live Entertainment3
TA 74, 75 or 76Scenic Producation1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
TA 44Stagecraft3
TA 61, 63 or 64Crew1
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUNITS
TA 168Cooperative Work Experience: Live Entertainment1-3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.

Sample Academic Plan for Designers and Technicians

Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUNITS
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10*Introduction to StatisticsB43
TA 1 or 2ActingC1 & Major3
TA 51,61,62,63,64, or 65Technical Theatre Practicum (up to 3 units)Major1
Learning & Self DevelopmentLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUNITS
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
TA 22, 25 or 25HIntroduction to Theatre or Theatre History IC1 & Major3
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
TA 44StagecraftMajor3
TA 51,61,62,63,64, or 65Technical Theatre Practicum (up to 3 units)Major1
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 41,49, or 53Stage Design or Stage ManagementMajor3
TA 51,61,62,63,64, or 65Technical Theatre PracticumMajor1
TA 52Stage Management Seminar3
HumanitiesHumanities GE CourseC23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 40 or 42Design CourseMajor3
TA 51,61,62,63,64, or 65Technical Theatre PracticumMajor1
TA 73 or 76Scene Shop or Costume ShopMajor3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
PS 1American Government D3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU math transfer requirement.    
  • 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

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • 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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