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Theatre Arts Associate in Arts Degree

Fresno City College
Program overview
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Program description

Theatre Arts Associate in Arts Degree

The Fresno City College Theatre Arts Department is the only community college in Fresno County that offers degree and transfer options to students who enroll in our program. The department strives to be relevant and current with the productions offered each year and supports new plays and emerging playwrights.

By selecting theatrical productions that are challenging and inspiring to our students and faculty the seasons offer plays that students can excel in, reflect the demographics of our campus and fill the cultural gap that exists in the community we serve.

The Theatre Arts major is a performance oriented major. It emphasizes a “hands on” approach and places special focus on the “well rounded” theatre artist. Students who complete the program can successfully transfer to a competitive four-year university or conservatory.

Admission requirements

International Students and Scholars Admission Requirements

To determine whether you are eligible for admission to our Fresno City College International Program, please review the following Admission Requirements, and submit the completed checklist with your other application materials:

  • Student must be 18 years old prior to the start of the semester
  • Affidavit of Support Form
  • Cost of Attendance Acknowledgement Form
  • Financial Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS Exam Results – Waived if student Graduated from a U.S. High School and/or if English is an official language of home country
    • TOEFL Score Requirement Score of 500 Paper Based Test (PBT) or 61 Internet Based Test (iBT) required from students applying from their home country. If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting a score of 460 PBT or 48 iBT. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
    • IELTS Score Requirement Overall Band Score of 5.5 required from students applying from home country with at least 5.0 in each subsection (Listening, reading, Writing, and Speaking). If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting an Overall Band Score of 5.0. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
  • High School Graduation Requirement Official Graduation Certificate/Diploma, transcripts, and/or equivalent evidence of graduation from a Secondary School or its equivalent are required. If records are not in English, certified translation must be furnished.

For more information about admission requirement, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Required Courses

  • Technical Theatre Practicum
  • Stagecraft, or
  • Costume Craft, or
  • Costume Design
  • Theatre Appreciation, or
  • Creative Writing: Playwriting, or
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre History and Literature I, or
  • Theatre History and Literature II
  • Beginning Acting, or
  • Beginning Acting for Theatre Majors
  • Intermediate Acting
  • Voice for the Actor

Three Units from the Following Courses:

  • Introduction to Stage Makeup
  • Performance Practicum
  • Actors Workshop
  • Teasers I

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

International and Out-of-State student fees for spring 2021 : $3480.00 per 12 credit units

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the acting process from script and character analysis, through a performance before an audience.
  2. Demonstrate basic proficiency in technical theatre production.
  3. Analyze a play in context of its historical period, structure, theme, character, style and other components of drama

About this institute

Fresno City College

FCC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. Students will receive an American education at an affordable cost. Our students enjoy and benefit from individualized staff guidance, academic counseling,...

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