The Theater Arts AA Program encourages students to use the medium of theatrical art to observe, illuminate, and effectively communicate the diversity of human experience. Based upon the SUNY Transfer Path for Theater, the degree enables students to readily transfer to a SUNY four-year college or university upon completion of the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study.
In addition to a foundation in general education courses, the program familiarizes students with the depth and range of dramatic literature, its historical contexts, its cultural underpinnings, and its social and communicative value, largely through coursework directly related to theatrical productions. After fulfilling core theater requirements, students may select electives in acting or theater technology according to their interests and career goals. Programming of at least three annual campus stage productions creates opportunities for students to practice and learn their craft with guest artists, faculty, staff, and members of the community at large.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students in the Theater Arts Program will demonstrate competency in at least seven out of the ten SUNY General Education areas and at least 30 General Education Credits. Therefore, they will
complete the following outcomes:
- Produce and revise coherent written texts and develop proficiency in oral discourse
- Perform basic operations of computer use to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
- Identify, analyze, and evaluate material and create a reasoned critical response
- Employ scientific and quantitative reasoning
Moreover, students will show mastery of the following theater-specific learning outcomes:
- Develop and expand imagination
- Apply key theatrical techniques to work within an ensemble
- Formulate the whole body/mind of an actor
- Analyze important theater titles
- Operate powerful, well-placed voices that carry expression and are capable of filling a house
- Analyze and play a variety of characters with various physical demands.