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Theatre Arts: Stagecraft Certificate Theatre Arts & Fashion Total Units: 27
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Term Effective: Fall 1981


The Theatre Arts: Stagecraft Certificate of Achievement program prepares students for entry level and apprentice employment as a professional scenic artist, for the stage, film or television environments. In addition, this program prepares students wishing to pursue a career in scenic design, properties design, or technical direction with a solid foundation in all aspects of stagecraft. The program focuses on a hands-on approach to the study of materials, equipment, terminology, safety issues, and technical skills required for dramatic productions.

Depending on natural talent, level of experience, and industry needs, students can enter the industry directly from this program. However, most certificate students wishing to pursue professional design or technical direction careers must continue to build their resumes through substantial work experience, and will likely pursue additional training through private design schools or four-year university programs. The Theatre Arts: Stagecraft 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. Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.

The job prospects in this field are plentiful. Work tends to be seasonal at first leading to union positions with established theatre and film companies. Students wishing to advance in the field must be ready to work their way up the ladder and must be available at anytime and willing to travel. Most entry-level positions are offered at low pay. However, hard work and working well with others will lead to a lucrative and exciting career as a free-lance designer or technician for all venues, including theatre, opera, television, film, concert and trade show circuits.

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 audition, resume and portfolio preparation and presentation.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Theatre Arts: Stagecraft Certificate program are:

  • Complete 27 units from
    • Theatre Arts Core Requirements
    • Stagecraft Emphasis Requirements

Theatre Arts Core Requirements - complete 9.00 units
THAR 1Introduction to Drama3.00
THAR 25Technical Theatre Production Lab1.00-3.00
Stagecraft Emphasis Requirements - complete 18.00 units
THAR 20Stagecraft3.00
THAR 23Theatre Graphics & Design3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ART 3Introduction to Art & Design1.50-3.00
ART 4Principles of Color1.50-3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design1.50-3.00
ART 7ADrawing & Composition I1.50-3.00
ART 13Watercolor1.50-3.00

Term Effective: Fall 1981

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2008

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.

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.


All students enrolled in the certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with them regularly to monitor progress.
THAR 25 is a variable unit course, which may be taken for 1.0-3.0 units a semester; it may also 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. This course is also a corequisite 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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