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Technical Theatre

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Technical Theatre is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers within theatre operations and production. The curriculum includes a foundation of applied skills within technical theatre including backstage personnel skills, as well as hands-on experience working on live theatre productions and events. Students may select from a choice of specializations in audio, costuming, group/solo cosplay, hair and makeup, lighting, properties, puppetry, and set/scenic construction. Program graduates can directly enter the workforce into positions such as cosplay actor, puppeteer, sound engineer, lighting technician, carpenter, scenic painter, stage crew, stage management, wardrobe crew, costume stitcher, costume crafts apprentice, and hair/makeup artist in a range of settings including live theatre, television and film, conferences and events, attractions and shows.

Students can earn an embedded Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Stage Crew along with one additional area: Audio Technician, Costuming, Group/Solo Cosplay, Hair and Makeup, Lighting, Properties, Puppetry, and Set/Scenic construction. An Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Theatre is also available for students interested in university transfer.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Certificate
Technical Theatre (CER)
Total Credits Required
21-48
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Students should select an area of specialization based on their personal, academic, and professional goals. Students should speak to a program director or academic advisor for details.

What You'll Learn
  • Interpret stage directions, plans, and paperwork to execute projects to specifications. (ARC141, CAD100, TEC111, THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP213, THP216, THP263, THP296++)
  • Recognize theatre and shop roles and responsibilities. (TEC111, THF115, THF215, THF216, THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP213, THP216, THP250, THP251, THP266, THP296++)
  • Demonstrate use of safety procedures for a variety of technical theatre activities and projects. (TEC111, THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP208, THP209, THP213, THP216, THP251, THP267, THP296++)
  • Recognize different forms of theatrical scenery. (THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP203, THP213, THP216, THP267, THP296++)
  • Operate technical theatre equipment for stage use. (MUC122, MUC197, MUC198, (THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP213, THP216, THP251, THP296++)
  • Take accurate measurements using industry standards. (TEC111, THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP208, THP209, THP213, THP216, THP267, THP250, THP296++)
  • Differentiate between various materials and hardware types and their uses. (TEC111, THP201AA, THP202AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP208, THP209, THP213, THP267, THP296++, WLD102)
  • Utilize shop tools for the production, maintenance, and alteration of theatrical costumes, properties, and/or set dressing to industry standards. (TEC111, THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP208, THP209, THP250, THP251, THP267, THP296++, WLD102)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills required in technical theatre specializations such as audio and sound, costuming, hair and makeup, cosplay, puppetry, lighting, set construction, and/or painting. (ARC141, CAD100, MUC122, MUC197, MUC198, TEC111, TEC113, TEC114, TEC115, TEC225, THF115, THF215, THF216, THP201AA, THP201AB, THP202, THP202AA, THP202AB, THP202AC, THP203, THP206, THP208, THP209, THP213, THP216, THP250, THP263, THP267, THP269, THP296++, WLD102)
  • Create professional materials to promote one's skills and experiences within the industry. (CIS103, MKT110, THP269)
  • Analyze selected works for plot, purpose, form, characters, theme, historical, cultural, and social rules of convention. (ENG101, THE111, THE220, THP208, THP209, THP225, THP291AC)
  • Demonstrate foundational skills in design, technical, and performance practices for effective communication and persona expression across various artistic genres. (ENG101, THE220, THP112, THP151, THP208, THP209, THP219, THP225, THP291AC)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:14-23
ENG101First Year Composition0-3
Students who intend to take THE220 must take ENG101.
 
THE111Introduction to Theatre3
 
THE220Modern Drama (3) OR
THP225Visual Script Analysis (3) OR
THP291ACSummer Conservatory: Script Analysis (ACT) (1)1-3
 
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP203Technical Theatre Production (3)2-3
 
THP213Introduction to Technical Theatre4
THP251Safety Practices in Theatre and Film Production1
THP266Production Careers in Technical Theatre1
THP269Technical Theatre Portfolio Development1
THP296++Cooperative Education1-4
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:7-25
Students must also select and complete one of the following specialization areas in Technical Theatre based on their personal, academic, and professional goals. Speak to a program director or academic advisor for details.
 
Subplan Audio Technician
MUC122Sound Design I3
MUC197Live Sound Reinforcement I3
MUC198Live Sound Reinforcement II3
 
THP201AATheatre Production I (1) OR
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202Theatre Production Projects (1) OR
THP202ABTheatre Production I Electrics (1)1-2
 
Subplan Cosplay I
TEC111Intermediate Apparel Construction (3) OR
THP206Introduction to Costume Construction for Theatre (4)3-4
 
THF115Makeup for Stage and Screen3
THP208Costume Play Solo Performance Practicum3
 
THP250Stage Properties3
 
Subplan Cosplay II
CIS103Introduction to Social Media (3) OR
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking (3)3
 
TEC111Intermediate Apparel Construction (3) OR
THP206Introduction to Costume Construction for Theatre (4)3-4
 
THF115Makeup for Stage and Screen3
THF215Advanced Makeup Techniques for Stage and Screen3
THF216Wig and Hair Production for Theatre and Film3
THP208Costume Play Solo Performance Practicum3
THP209Costume Play Group Performance Practicum3
THP250Stage Properties3
 
Supblan Costuming
THP201AATheatre Production I (1) OR
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202ACTheatre Production I Costume Shop (1)1-2
 
THP206Introduction to Costume Construction for Theatre4
 
Students should work with their program advisor to select 3 credits that align with the academic/career goals and further their development in the area of Costuming.
TEC113Textiles: Dyeing (1) AND
TEC114Textiles: Block Printing/Silk Screening (1) AND
TEC115Textiles: Hand Painting (1) OR
TEC225Pattern Design I (3)
THF115Makeup for Stage and Screen (3)3
 
Subplan Hair and Makeup
THF115Makeup for Stage and Screen3
THF215Advanced Makeup Techniques for Stage and Screen3
THF216Wig and Hair Production for Theatre and Film3
 
THP201AATheatre Production I (1) OR
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202ACTheatre Production I Costume Shop (1)1-2
 
Subplan Lighting
THP201AATheatre Production I (1) OR
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202ABTheatre Production I Electrics (1)1-2
 
THP216Beginning Stage Lighting3
THP263Entertainment Industry Drafting I: 2D CAD3
 
Subplan Properties
THP201AATheatre Production I (1) OR
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202AATheatre Production I Scene Shop (1) OR
THP202ACTheatre Production I Costume Shop (1)1-2
 
THP206Introduction to Costume Construction for Theatre (4) OR
THP267Painting Techniques for Film, TV and Theatre (3)3-4
 
THP250Stage Properties3
 
Subplan Puppetry
THP112Acting I (3) OR
THP151Theatre for Youth (3)3
 
THP201AATheatre Production I (1) OR
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202AATheatre Production I Scene Shop (1) OR
THP202ACTheatre Production I Costume Shop (1)1-2
 
THP206Introduction to Costume Construction for Theatre4
THP219Introduction to Puppetry3
THP250Stage Properties3
 
Subplan Set/Scenic Construction
ARC141Architectural CAD I: Introduction (3) OR
CAD100Fundamentals of 2D AutoCAD (3)3
 
THP201AATheatre Production I OR (1)
THP201ABTheatre Production II (2) OR
THP202AATheatre Production I Scene Shop (1)1-2
 
THP263Entertainment Industry Drafting I: 2D CAD3
 
THP267Painting Techniques for Film, TV and Theatre (3) OR
WLD102Basic Welding Metal Sculpture (3)3

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