The Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Theatre is based on the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway in Theatre.  It is recommended for students planning to start at Tri-C and transfer to a four-year institution to major in Theatre Arts (Performance, Production, or Theatre Management).

The Theatre Arts program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) can help students explore their interest in acting and stagecraft as an avocation, or it can set the stage for a career in theatrical performance, production, management and more.

Through studies in acting, stage management, and technical Theatre, Tri-C Theatre Arts students will build a solid base for transferring to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree in performance or Theatre technology.

Students in this program have access to seven different Theatre facilities across three Tri-C campuses. The facilities provide students with an opportunity to practice stagecraft and acting by putting on quality productions for Theatre lovers.

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Learn more about Theatre Arts courses at Tri-C.

Related Degrees and Certificates

Ohio Transfer 36, Certificate of Proficiency

Program Admissions Requirements

  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate placement score to enroll in ENG-1010 College Composition I
  • Eligibility to enroll in MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning or higher

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1.  Utilize the basic tools of acting:  Body movement, vocal production, and imagination to perform in a College Theater Production.
  2. Perform scene and prop construction, set up stage rigging and lighting, and utilize the applications of audio in accordance with the principles and practices of technical theatre, costuming, makeup, and stage management

  3. Use script analysis techniques when reading a script and envision it in production either through directing, acting or designing.  

  4. Perform backstage or design duties as required by the director or technical director. 

  5. Communicate effectively in spoken and written English, for an intended audience, using clear, organized language.

  6. Use critical thinking skills to analyze situations, adapt to changes, and resolve problems. 

  7. Be prepared for transfer to four-year Bachelor of Arts program in Theatre. 

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
GEN-1070 First Year Success Seminar 1
THEA-1010 Theatre Appreciation 3
THEA-1430 Introduction to Scenery and Stagecrafts 3
DEGR-XXXForeign Language or elective (see below list) 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
 Credit Hours16-17
Second Semester
MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning (or any Ohio Transfer 36 Approved Mathematics course) 3
THEA-1500 Acting I 3
THEA-1550 Practicum in Technical Theatre 2
DEGR-XXXXForeign Language or Elective (see below list) 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II 2
Honors College Composition II
Technical Writing
 Credit Hours14-15
Third Semester
THEA-1540 Rehearsal and Performance 2
Ohio Transfer 36 Arts and Humanities Requirement (must be from a discipline other than Theatre - see below list) 2 3
Ohio Transfer 36 2000 level Arts and Humanities Requirement (see below list) 2 3
DEGR-2XXXElective (see below list) or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Natural Science Requirement with Lab 3-4
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Requirement (must be selected from at least two disciplines)) 3
 Credit Hours17-18
Fourth Semester
THEA-2010 Script Analysis 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Requirement (must be selected from at least two disciplines)) 3
DEGR-XXXXOhio Transfer 36 Natural Science Requirement 3
DEGR-2XXXElective (see below list) or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
Select one of the following Social Science/Civic Responsibility electives: 3
Environmental Geography
United States History to 1877
United States History Since 1877
Honors United States History since 1877
American National Government
Honors American National Government
State & Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours62-65

MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning highly recommended.


Students planning to take ENG-2710 Shakespeare or any other 2000 level Literature class to meet Humanities requirements or elective requirements must take ENG-1020 to meet prerequisite requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement

The majority of schools require at least 6-8 credits of foreign language at the College level to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre; however, the Foreign Language requirement varies from institution to institution and may depend on how many foreign language courses you took at the high school level.  For this reason, you should check with your intended transfer institution to determine how many foreign language credits are required for your intended transfer program and plan accordingly.   To fulfill foreign language requirements, you should select from the below Transfer Assurance Guide approved foreign language courses.  If your intended program of study doesn't require foreign language or you have fulfilled the requirement based on coursework taken in high school, you may select other appropriate Ohio Transfer 36 or Transfer Assurance Guide approved courses as electives, in place of the foreign language requirement.  See recommendations below for elective course selection.

Foreign Language Requirement
ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
FREN-1010Beginning French I4
FREN-1020Beginning French II4
FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
GER-1010Beginning German I4
ITAL-1010Beginning Italian Language and Culture I4
ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3

Arts and Humanities Recommended Electives

Note: These courses can also be used to fulfill elective credits if the program you plan to pursue at your intended transfer institution does not require 2 years of a foreign language.  It is required to take at least one course from two different disciplines to fulfill Arts and Humanities Requirements. View full list of courses that can be selected to fulfill Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences requirements here.

Recommended courses to meet Arts and Humanities requirements
ART-2020Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART-2030Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present3
DANC-1100Dance Appreciation3
THEA-2210History of Theatre and Drama I3
THEA-2220History of Theatre & Drama II3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.