Theatre Arts

Associate Degree for Transfer - (CSUGE) AA747 (IGETC) AA748
Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Theatre is a collective endeavor requiring individual achievement. A single production brings together the skills of playwriters, performers, designers, and experts in scene construction and lighting. Theatre may be the most comprehensive of all the arts, and the most challenging and exciting. While a college degree will not guarantee you a career in theatre, it is the best way to prepare yourself for this highly competitive job market. A college degree with at least one theatre-related internship, experience working in the field along with your enthusiasm, positive attitude, and perseverance will set you apart from others. While many theatre majors proceed to careers in the theatre and associated fields, their study may also lead them to success in such fields as teaching, arts management, public relations, and drama therapy, to name a few. Completion of the Theatre Arts: Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will prepare you to meet minimum lower division admission requirements (60 transferable units) for transfer to a California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) system. For transfer to a UC, please consult with a counselor for additional courses t hat may be needed. The Theatre Arts program map below includes all of your major coursework and recommended general education courses by term that is needed to fulfill your degree and transfer requirements. 

Theatre Arts - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
Guidance 48 3
Math 11 or 12/12H  4
Communication Studies 9/9H 3
Theatre 3 or 25 or 32 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Theatre 3 or 5  3
Dance 6/6H or Art 6/6H 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
English 1A or 1AH 4
Sociology 1/1H or Psychology 9 3
Political Science 1/1H  3
Theatre 3 or 5 or 6 or 32 or 33 or 41 or 44 or 46 or 48 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Theatre 3 or 5  3
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
English 1B or 1BH 4
Anthropology 1 3
Theatre 3 or 5 or 6 or 25 or 32 or 33 or 41 or 44 or 46 or 48  4
Theatre 9  3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Dance 6/6H or Art 6/6H 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Humanities 5 or 9 or 16 3
Dance Activity 1
Geography 1/1H and 1L 4
History 6/6H or 7/7H  3
Theatre 3 or 5 or 6 or 25 or 32 or 33 or 41 or 44 or 46 or 48 3
*LOTE can be met with 2 years of the same language in high school (C or better grade)

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete transfer-level math (Math 11 or 12)
  • Choose area of Emphasis: Acting/Tech/Design
  • Complete a Portfolio and Audition Packages
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Audition for Summer Stock/Internships
  • Audition for a production
  • Crew a production
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor)

Careers for Theatre Arts Majors

Salaries Range : $36,379 - $93,325

  • Project Manager
  • Actor
  • Audiobook Narrator
  • Production Coordinator 
  • Director
  • Designer
  • Multimedia Specialists
  • Television Executive
  • Professor