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Theatre Arts: Acting Certificate Theatre Arts Total Units: 29

Term Effective: Fall 2014

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Theatre Arts: Acting - effective Fall 2013
Theatre Arts: Acting - effective Fall 2012
Theatre Arts: Acting - effective Fall 2010
Theatre Arts: Acting - effective Fall 2008
Theatre Arts: Acting - effective Fall 1981


The Theatre Arts: Acting Certificate of Achievement provides students with the foundation skills necessary to audition for and perform in a variety of professional environments. Students study characterization, script analysis, vocal and physical development, and acting styles for the stage, which can also be applied to film and television work. Realizing that acting careers are extremely competitive, this certificate introduces students to the realities of the profession through both classroom learning and performance expectations.

Depending on natural talent and industry needs, students can enter the profession directly from this program. However, most certificate students wishing to pursue professional acting careers must continue to build their resumes through substantial performance experience, and will likely pursue additional training through private studios, training programs, or four-year university programs. The Theatre Arts: Acting Certificate of Achievement provides students with the basic skills and techniques necessary to successfully start that career path. Certificate students who also wish to pursue an Associate of Arts degree and/or four-year degree are encouraged to meet with a counselor.

The Theatre Arts certificate training programs are unique in that they offer five areas of emphasis: Acting, Costuming, Makeup, Stagecraft, and Theatre Management. These one to two-year intensive vocational training programs examine, through lecture, demonstration, and application, the tools and techniques required to succeed in professional theatre and related entertainment industry positions. Introductory and advanced courses are designed to familiarize the student with the theory and practice of theatrical production while participating in a 5-show production oriented program.

At the heart of the certificate curriculum is a collaborative relationship between faculty, staff, guest artists, and students that helps students develop while producing professional quality theatre. Courses cover a broad spectrum of related disciplines to further enrich the learning experience and provide a strong foundation of knowledge. Students are also instructed in the basics of self-marketing as well as auditions, interview, resume and portfolio preparation and presentation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Audition for a production using fundamental techniques of voice, movement, and the actor's craft;
  2. perform for the stage using fundamental techniques of voice, movement, and the actor's craft;
  3. perform special acting styles such as: non-realism, Shakespeare, period movement and acting for the camera;
  4. integrate a basic understanding of technical theatre and participate in the backstage functions of the theatre; and
  5. integrate knowledge of theatre history and literature when creating a theatrical performance.
Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Theatre Arts: Acting program are:

  • Complete 29 units from
    • Theatre Arts Core Requirements
    • Acting Emphasis Requirements

Theatre Arts Core Requirements - complete 6.00 units
THAR 1 World Theatre Through Time3.00
THAR 10A Introduction to Acting3.00
Acting Emphasis Requirements - complete 23.00 units
THAR 10B Scene Study and Characterization3.00
THAR 19 Movement & Improvisation2.00
THAR 20 Introduction to Stagecraft3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
THAR 25.1 Production Lab: Costume Crew1.50-3.00
THAR 25.2 Production Lab: Running Crew1.50-3.00
THAR 25.4 Production Lab: Makeup Crew1.50-3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
THAR 11.1 Performance: Non-Musical1.00-3.00
THAR 11.2 Performance: Musical1.00-3.00
THAR 11.3 Performance: Musical - Dance1.00-2.00
THAR 11.4 Performance: Musical-Vocal1.00-2.00
THAR 81A Opera and Related Forms in Performance 12.00-5.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
THAR 13.1 Performance Workshop: Styles, Periods and Skills3.00
THAR 13.2 Performance Workshop: Shakespeare3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
DANCE 10.1 Introduction to Dance Movement1.50
DANCE 13.1 Jazz Dance I1.00-2.00
MUSCP 17A Elementary Voice2.00
THAR 11.8 Performance: Dance Concert0.50-1.00
THAR 17 Musical Theatre Techniques3.00
THAR 21 Introduction to Costume Technology3.00
THAR 22A Theatrical Makeup Design for Stage and Screen2.00
THAR 42 Dance-Theatre Workshop1.00-2.00
THAR 50 Introduction to Theatre Management3.00
THAR 50L Theatre Management Laboratory1.00-3.00
THAR 63 Acting in Film, Television, and Voice-over3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.


1. All students enrolled in the certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with them regularly to monitor progress.
2. All courses in the THAR 25 series (THAR 25, 25.1, 25.2, 25.3, 25.4, and 25.5) are variable unit courses; each course may be taken up to four times. Units are determined by the type of position and number of productions a student will work on during a semester. These courses are also corequisites for THAR 20, 21, 22A, and 22B. Certificate students planning to take these courses are encouraged to contact the Theatre Arts department chair prior to registration.

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