2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technical Theatre and Acting (AA-DTA) Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career.  The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements.  Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. Intro to Theatre

3. Technical Film, Theatre and Acting Course Recommendation

Choose one group.

Group A

Group B

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

Meet with an advisor after the DRMA 170 course to determine if this is the right pathway for you. You are encouraged to take a mix of option A and B courses as available, but may focus on a particular interest.

4. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic written communication with others is essential for playwrights, dramaturgs, drama critics, and technical staff. All must have strong written communication skills to efficiently work in production teams. 

5. Math Course Recommendation

The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement.  Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).

Mathematics Courses   

6. Survey of Anthropology

  • Course purpose: This course offers you an opportunity to expand your understanding of cultures and peoples outside of your background. This also allows you to specialize and synthesize that information.

7. Humanities Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: This course will provide you with foundational theories in human communication. Film is one mode of communication. This course covers elements of media literacy and consumption and has students interrogate their media choices, impacting how one understands and consumes film.

· World Language (1)

8. General Psychology

  • Course purpose: An understanding of film is best served by a fundamental understanding of human psychology. As many films are performances of how humans interact. Many topics and theories covered in this course are also applicable in acting courses. 

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

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9. Public Speaking

  • Course purpose: Public speaking is a highly valued skill for most employers and is a requirement for graduation at most 4-year institutions. Being able to express oneself orally is critical for all students of film.

10. Survey of Biology

11. English Composition III

12. Humanities Course Recommendation

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  • Course purpose: This course is appropriate if you are interested in theatrical production as you may be creating works that need to be informed by the theories of Art.

  • Course purpose: This course provides an opportunity to understand and analyze plays and drama through literary theories which are also deployed by professional theatre scholars, performance artists, and critics.

13. Biological Anthropology

  • Course purpose: This course offers an opportunity to expand your understanding of cultures and peoples outside of your own background. This also allows you to specialize and synthesize that information.

14. Natural Science Course Recommendation

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  • Course purpose: This course helps develop your ability to communicate complex information in ways that are accurate and understandable. This is a helpful skill for any student as the world is an increasingly complex one. Statistics are frequently used in the discourse of many fields, including media. It is important that all students have a basic understanding of statistics.

  • Course purpose: This course promotes self-awareness through a natural science lens. All students should be aware of nutrition as a component of self-care.

15. Humanities Course Recommendation

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· World Language (2)

16. Personal Growth

17. Production Practicum/Yoga

Choose one group.

Group A

  • Course purpose: If interested in theatre or film you should participate in the production process. These would be the same skills a film or theatre production crew would need to know and would give a sense of what a career in film would look like. 

Group B

Total Credits: 90

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