Associate in Arts (A.A.)
Through FLCC's Theatre Arts program, you can expect to gain the technical production, acting, and communications skills needed in this field. The program emphasizes the practical experience necessary to pursue opportunities in acting, dramaturgy, directing, management, and production. You'll gain experience both on stage and backstage, and you can choose to augment your education with the addition of video production or music coursework.
The skills gained through this program are designed to prepare you for success in the theatre, but did you know that they're the same skills that all employers seek in job candidates? Whether you plan to launch a career in the theatre or parlay your education into another field, you'll develop a strong work ethic, grace under pressure, problem solving abilities, communications expertise, public speaking skills, and self-confidence. When you study theatre, you develop the soft skills that are needed for success in a variety of careers.
Throughout your program experience, you'll prepare for transfer to a four-year college, university, or conservatory, and you'll gain the skills that are necessary in a variety of theatre and non-theatre careers. You'll be encouraged to participate in a variety of productions including musicals, plays, a touring children's theatre production, and the 10-minute play festival.
Additionally, organized trips to New York City and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival are offered each year by the Theatre Club, providing you with unique out-of-class learning opportunities.
This program offers classes in performance, technician work, theatre history, literature, and much more. Combined with caring, attentive faculty, you'll find your niche through this program. Our instructors help students explore their options and delve into their favorite aspects of theatre. Plus, FLCC students gain new experiences each semester with different kinds of productions.
When you study Theatre Arts at FLCC, you'll develop the skills that are in demand in all areas of the workforce, giving you the flexibility to take your career in directions that are diverse and exciting. With this degree, you'll be prepared to further your studies in theatre or in another area of study.
Many graduates transfer into B.A. and B.F.A. programs in acting, design, directing, or musical theatre, while others explore conservatory training programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will have the ability to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in writing at the college level.
- Develop proficiency in oral discourse.
- Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking.
- Develop the ability to use computer technology for research and production.
- Recognize the knowledge, skills, and values that will contribute to involvement in one's community.
- Identify the knowledge and skills necessary to live interdependently in a diverse, sustainable global community.
- Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate college-level materials.
If you are a curious and motivated student, exploring Honors Studies courses at FLCC will provide you alternative educational experiences. Honors classes center on reflection and community building. They are available to full-time and part-time students in all degree programs. Successful completion of these courses, or earning your Honors Studies certificate or diploma, can increase your transfer options and make you eligible for specific scholarships.
Theatre Arts is part of the Visual and Performing Arts department, which features faculty who bring to the classroom a wide range of talent and real-world expertise. Each faculty member is an expert in a particular area of the discipline and continually strives to stay current with skills.
Faculty in this program hold master's and doctoral degrees, and they have received additional training or certification in specialized areas, such as mime and yoga. Instructors in this program have extensive professional experience as directors, set and lighting designers, carpenters, stage managers, electricians, and actors, and they have directed and designed a significant number of widely-varied productions.
Together, the faculty have served as conference presenters and judges for various theatrical and oratorical events, and they have been organizational members and leaders of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Theatre Association of New York State, Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
"I am an actor, and I can say that in my time here at FLCC, the Theatre program has played a major role in my progression and enhancement as an actor."