Theatre

Theatre

Transfer Pathway A.F.A.

The 60-credit Transfer Pathway A.F.A. in Theatre degree program paves the way for you to transfer with junior-year status to a Minnesota State university to pursue a bachelor's degree in the theatre arts.

As a student in this A.F.A. degree program, you’ll complete Theatre Pathway Curriculum (8 credits), Restricted Theatre Electives (3 credits), Theatre Electives (9 credits), the General Education Curriculum (6 credits), and Additional General Education Requirements (34 credits) for a credit total of 60.

Full-time schedule recommendation

See how to schedule your classes each semester to complete your degree in two years.

 Full-Time Recommended Course of Study

Part-time schedule recommendation

Recommendations for a part-time schedule are included in the Theatre Program Planning Guide (see below).

2022-2023 Required Courses

Theatre Pathway Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
THTR 1105
Introduction to Theater
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Helps increase students' understanding of the performing arts. Introduces the student to the history and theory of plays, playwrights, and the various arts and crafts of the theatre. Students will attend two (2) play productions selected by the instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

THTR 2152
Script Analysis
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Focus on analyzing play scripts with a view to discovering production and performance values and aesthetics. Students will read, interpret and respond to a wide variety of plays from different periods and styles. Critical analysis of structure, character, theme, dialogue, genre, and style relating to the play script. Emphasis placed on plays as performance texts and fundamental techniques used by actors, directors and designers to analyze scripts in preparation for performance.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

THTR 1161
Theatre Activities
Course is 1 credit; must be taken twice
2

Course Outline
Credits: 1
Provide students opportunities to participate in a theatre production on campus through acting, set construction, scene painting, lighting props, makeup, costuming and/or stage management. This course may be repeated for credit. Students will engage in a minimum of 50 hours on aspects of play production arranged with the instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Total Credits in Theatre Pathway Curriculum 8

Restricted Theatre Electives

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
THTR 1152
THTR 2154
Acting I    OR

Design for the Theatre
Complete at least 3 and no more than 6 credits
3

Acting I
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Develops students' understanding of and skills in the theories and practices of stage acting. Exercises, games and discussion develop individual skills in the beginning actor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Design for the Theatre
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Introduces the concepts, process, and practices common to the design of scenery, lighting and costume. The study and application of the aesthetic principles and graphic skills involved in all areas of theatrical design. Development of the student's abilities in research methodology, as it applies to design for the theatre. Emphasis on design skills (including CAD programs) as a communication tool in the collaborative process of theatrical production. Prerequisites: Recommended THTR 1105.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

Total Credits in Restricted Theatre Electives 3

Theatre Electives

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
THTR 2153
THTR 1157
THTR 1161
MUSC 1144
ENG 2253
Acting II    OR

Theatre Makeup    OR

Theatre Activities    OR

Broadway Musicals    OR

Shakespeare
9

Acting II
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Develops student understanding of and skills in more advanced theories and practices of stage acting. Attention will be paid to Shakespeare.

Prerequisites:

  • THTR 1152 Acting I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Theatre Makeup
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06
Introduces the student to the theory, technique, and application of makeup for the theatre. Emphasis placed on practical application of the makeup.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

Theatre Activities
Course Outline
Credits: 1
Provide students opportunities to participate in a theatre production on campus through acting, set construction, scene painting, lighting props, makeup, costuming and/or stage management. This course may be repeated for credit. Students will engage in a minimum of 50 hours on aspects of play production arranged with the instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Broadway Musicals
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 08
Studies Broadway Musicals from 1880 to the present day. Open to all students interested in expanding their knowledge of Broadway Musicals. The class will include viewing recorded and live performances of Broadway shows. Students may be expected to attend one show of their own choice. The cost of this performance will be at the student's expense.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

Shakespeare
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 06
Explores a selection of works by William Shakespeare, including a careful reading and interpretation of representative tragedies, comedies, and histories. Examines formal as well as thematic elements of the selected works as well as historical influences. Prerequisites: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Theatre Electives 9

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
General Education Credits (Any MnTC Goal Area)
6



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 6

Additional General Education Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ENG 1111
ENG 1114
ENG 1130
Research Writing    OR

The Research Paper    OR

Writing and Research For the Professions
ENG 1114 recommended
3

Research Writing
Course Outline
Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Students will analyze primary and secondary sources and develop formal research writing in students' academic and/or professional disciplines including EMS, Paralegal, and Criminal Justice. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 0101 Composition I: Expository Writing
  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

The Research Paper
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Emphasizes critical analysis of fiction or nonfiction texts, at least one book-length, resulting in a research paper that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in ENG 1108.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 0101 Composition I: Expository Writing
  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Writing and Research For the Professions
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Emphasizes critical audience analysis of professional texts across the disciplines, at least one book length, resulting in a professional research proposal, feasibility study, or report that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources, persuasion, and students' mastery of professional and audience analysis, business writing, researching, and evaluative skills. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

COMM 1100
COMM 1110
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication    OR

Public Speaking    OR

Small Group Communication
COMM 1110 recommended
3

Interpersonal Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Public Speaking
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Is the introductory study of the theory and practice of public speaking. Public presentation skills are required for individuals to be successful in our workplaces, communities and many other contexts in today's society. Students will learn about the different types of public speeches commonly encountered and learn how to research, organize and write their ideas into clear and understandable forms of public communication. Students will also practice the delivery skills needed to present ideas effectively. Students will be required to speak and participate often and will also be required to present their speeches in a classroom setting with an audience of their peers and an instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Small Group Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Introduces students to the practice and theory of communicating in small group settings. Working in groups is an integral part of living in today's society. Community and workplace situations require us to be able to lead, participate, and follow effectively. Participating in this course will assist students in developing the leadership, conflict management, problem solving and discussion skills necessary to function in group settings. Students will apply small group communication theory in small, task-oriented groups and develop presentation skills to showcase their understanding of what it means to be an effective group member. Evaluating the effectiveness of their own and others' group communication behaviors is also required.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3b)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

MATH 1101
PHIL 1115
General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)    OR

Math for Liberal Arts    OR

Introduction to Logic and Critical Reasoning
MATH 1101 or PHIL 1115 recommended
3

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Math for Liberal Arts
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Gives non-mathematicians an appreciation of mathematical ideas and the power and utility of mathematical skills in the modern world. Topics will be selected from: voting and weighted voting systems, fair division and apportionment; routing, minimum network and scheduling problems; mathematical growth and math of finance; descriptive statistics and data analysis; basic probability and normal distributions. Placement into Read 93/94 or a grade of C or higher in Read 90 within the last 3 years.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

Introduction to Logic and Critical Reasoning
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 04
Gives students an appreciation of logical concepts and methodology. Examines the basic principles of logic and critical thinking in a natural language context. Emphasis on different kinds of arguments, syllogisms, methods of argument evaluation, and the detection of common fallacies as they arise in contexts such as political debate, advertising, science, law, and ethics.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)
Include courses from at least two disciplines; recommend Psychology and Sociology courses
9



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6b)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 7)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)
THTR 1103 recommended
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Additional General Education Requirements 34
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.