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Program Coordinator: Dona Lee, OTC 205, Ext. 2585
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: The Education - Specialization in Theatre Arts is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. This program is designed to develop skills in and appreciation of those subjects related to performance and production in theatre. This program provides basic preparation leading to theatre-related careers, as well as to the teaching of theatre.
Transfer Objectives and Professional Options:
Communications, Theatre, Dramatic Literature, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Undecided Majors with an interest In Theatre, Film, Drama
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree Program with a major in Education requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 1 unit of social science.
Students who do not meet the requirements may be permitted to correct their deficiencies in developmental studies. Those students who meet the specific requirements for this degree program but are deficient in basic skills and understandings in English and/or mathematics will be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses.
Program Requirements: The world of modern education demands that students be knowledgeable both in their teaching field and in general education. Thus, this curriculum requires courses in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, health, and physical education. The Education curriculum is designed to lead the student toward meeting state teacher licensure requirements and teaching endorsements. This curriculum also provides a solid general core education as students prepare for pre-professional degrees.
Students are urged to consult with their counselors and advisors at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their program and selecting electives. In order to prepare for upper division (junior class) standing at a four-year college or university, the student must complete a program at the community college which is comparable in length and courses to the first two years of the program at the four-year college or university. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program listed, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Education - Specialization in Theatre Arts.
Education – Specialization in Theatre Arts
First Semester (Fall)
College Composition I
Orientation to College Success
Intro. to the Theatre
ITE 100, 115 or
2*Intro. to Information Systems, Intro.
to Computer Applications &Concepts or Information Literacy
Second Semester (Spring)
College Composition II
Principles of Public Speaking
1*Social Science Elective
Stagecraft (Taught in odd years)
Third Semester (Fall)
Acting I (Taught in odd years)
3*History 101, 111, or 121
Fourth Semester (Spring)
1*Science (BIO, CHM, GOL, or PHY)
Acting II (Taught in even years)
3*Social Science Elective
Total Minimum Credits for AA&S Degree..................60
Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated. The Theatre Arts Specialization semester-by-semester sequences of courses may be modified when necessary and with the approval of the academic advisor.
1. Students may choose from a broad spectrum of college transfer courses listed in the Transfer Reference General Education Core Curriculum. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the courses required in their selected major at the college or university to which transfer is contemplated. Students planning to enter Secondary Education programs should complete rigorous mathematics courses in preparation for Praxis I and should consult with the Counselor for licensure requirements.
2. Keyboarding skills are highly recommended.
3. Students planning to enter Secondary Education programs at four-year institutions must take U.S. History I (HIS 121).
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