Theatre Arts

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Jose and SaryaThe Department of Theatre Arts offers courses in Acting, Improvisation, Theatre History, Theatres of Diversity, Dance, Film, Screenwriting, and Studio Theatre Production. Theatre students learn how to act and interact freely and spontaneously, develop strong focus and concentration, work cooperatively with scene partners and in groups, and express themselves with clarity and confidence.

Each semester students get the opportunity to act in a fully staged theatre production. In the Theatre History and Film courses, students expand their knowledge and appreciation of classical and modern genres, and gain insight into diverse world cultures. In Screenwriting, they learn to develop and express their ideas in creative writing. Dance offers a variety of styles, including Modern, Jazz and Social Dance. 

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned dancer, you are welcome to join the fun!  Mini performances throughout the semester allow you to practice your performance skills and dance technique. You will also learn to choreograph dance phrases and longer combinations in small groups.  

All professions, whether in the arts or business sectors, benefit from a creative, imaginative, innovative, and articulate workforce. We can help you to acquire these skills in the Theatre Arts Department.

Careers directly and indirectly related to study of Theatre Arts:

  • Acting – film, T.V., theatre, voice-over, print, modeling, commercials
  • Dancing – classical, jazz, modern
  • Directing – theatre, film, T.V., commercials
  • Writing – film , theatre, T.V., commercials
  • Teaching – elementary to college level and training conservatories
  • Stage Management – theatre (transferable skills to film and T.V.)
  • Costume and Garment Design
  • Set Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Architecture / location design and planning
  • Theatre Management – creative management skills
  • Managing Director – creative and financial background
  • Publicity Director


THEAT-010 - Beginning Screenwriting

In this course, students are introduced to and use the basic principles of screenwriting to develop story ideas, gain an understanding of narrative structure, character development, write effective dialogue, and become familiar with professional script terminology and format. Students will learn to formulate constructive critiques of their own work and the work of others.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


THEAT-020 - Introduction to Theatre Arts

Students study the aesthetics of drama and theatre from their origin through modern theatre practice. Students will examine: plays, playwrights, theatrical design, acting, directing, theatre architecture, the role of the audience, cultural and socio-political effects, production values and dramatic genres.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


THEAT-025A - Theatres of Diversity: Chicano/Latino Theatre

This is a survey course designed for the general public to study the history and practice of Chicano/Latino Theatre. Emphasis will be placed on the development of Chicano and Latino theatre in the United States. Specific areas of interest will include the Chicano/Latino theatre movement in San Jose and California. Students will also participate in the elements of creating and performing Chicano/Latino theatre.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Recommended: Read Latino dramatic literature. Attend teatro performances.

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


THEAT-034 - Studio Theatre Performance

Students participate in rehearsals and performance of a studio theatre production. After enrolling in the class, auditions will be held for performance roles. Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals and all performances.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 1 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


THEAT-040 - Introduction to Film

This is an introductory course in film studies in which students view films and learn to understand the artistic disciplines of film making. Film content is examined in relationship to cinematography, editing, visual design, special effects, sound design, acting, directing, social and cultural contexts.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 2.5 |  Lab Hours: 1.5 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


THEAT-045 - Shakespeare on Film

In this course students read and study Shakespeare's plays and view and study Shakespeare's plays on film. They will study the nature of adaptation, character development, story structure, visual style, and compare and contrast different films of the same play.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS​


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