Theater Arts

The Arts

Theater Arts students are taught a variety of performance and production skills that are needed to pursue careers in the entertainment industries.

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Develop your expressive, interpretive, and artistic skills that are fundamental to the entertainment industry. Theater Arts majors find work in all forms of entertainment, including concerts, theme parks, private parties, cruise ships, voice over work, circuses, opera, film, and television. Develop your speaking voice or learn to sing. Improve your acting skills. Learn stage makeup techniques, sew costumes or build scenery. All the world is a stage. Create an impact by playing your part. 

Program Length

Associate Degree students can finish in four semesters. 

Transfer Options

Many university programs in theater arts require a successful audition for transfer. Our faculty and coursework will make you competitive in the university admissions process. Transfer requirements vary. Consult a counselor to identify the specific courses needed for your transfer school. IVC graduates frequently transfer to UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University. 

Program Specific Support

Opportunities are available for the student to:

  • Work on live productions as crew members or actors. 
  • Assist working artists on touring summer shows. 
  • Students receive assistance developing portfolios and audition material required for university transfer
  • Receive interview coaching and support developing an industry specific résumé.

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. 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 Actors

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 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor2
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
TA 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor2
HumanitiesHumanities GE CourseC23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
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 8Advanced ActingMajor3
TA 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor2
TA 49Stage Makeup DesignMajor3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 29 or 29HScript AnalysisMajor3
TA 51, 61, 62, 63, 63, 65Back Stage CrewA11
Life ScienceLife Science CourseB23
PS 1American Government D3
Social ScienceSocial Science GE 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 1Acting7 & Major3
TA 9Musical Revue1
TA 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A or 19ARehearsal and PerformanceMajor1
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
TA 2Beginning Scene StudyMajor3
TA 10Musical Theater Workshop3
TA 15B, 16B, 17B, 18B or 19BRehearsal and PerformanceMajor1
TA 20, 25, 25H, 26 or 26HTheater Arts History and AppreciationMajor3
TA 40, 43, 41, 42, 43Design ElectiveMajor3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 3, 4, or 5Advanced Scene Study or Acting StylesMajor3
TA 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor2
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B & Major3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor2
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2

*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.

  • 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.    

*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.

  • 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 1, 8, 12Acting Technique CourseMajor3
TA 15A, 16A, 17A, 18A or 19AVarious Rehearsal and PerformanceMajor1
TA 20, 25 or 25HTheater Appreciation-Classical or Great Plays Primitive to Renaissance7 & Major3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA 51, 61, 62, 63, 63, 65Production CrewMajor1
TA 72, 75Production ShopMajor2
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
TA MajorProduction Shop CourseMajor1
TA MajorProduction Crew CourseMajor1-3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUNITS
TA Major CourseTA Major Course from List HMajor1-2
TA Major CourseTA Major Course from List HMajor2
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
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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