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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2018-19 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Theater, A.A.

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Offered at Ottumwa and Centerville Campuses


This area of concentration provides an excellent foundation for students interested in transfer to a four-year college to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in theater and performing arts, communication, speech and theater education. This program equally applies to those students who want to take selected theater courses to fulfill general education requirements. The curriculum focuses on performance, theater history, performance theory and design for the theater.

Students who take the courses recommended in the theater focus area will:

  1. know the general history of theater and its influence on contemporary theater.
  2. know basic performance techniques and styles.
  3. read and respond critically to diverse dramatic literature.
  4. gain technical and performance experience in theatrical productions.
  5. know basic techniques of design for the theater.

Career Possibilities:

The theater focus area graduate has three options:

  1. employment in the performing arts, performance studies, radio/television broadcasting, improvisation, directing, theater management, stage management, lighting/sound design, costume design and scene design/construction.
  2. transfer to a four-year institution for advanced studies.
  3. with the appropriate teacher preparation courses, the student can find employment in secondary education.

Preparation for IHCC:

Students interested in this area should have sound writing and critical reading skills. While previous theatrical experience is not required, some background in performance or design will be helpful. The ability to read and analyze dramatic literature is crucial. A theater major must have a broad understanding of a variety of topics, including literature, music, art, film, psychology and history.

Recommended Courses:

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the theater program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.

Program Total: 73 Credits

Term I

  • DRA 130 - Acting I - Credits: 3.00
  • XXX XXX AA Core Course - 3 Credits

  • XXX XXX AA Core Course - 3 Credits

  • XXX XXX AA Core Course - 3 Credits

Total: 12 Credits

Term II

Total: 13 Credits

Term III

Total: 13 Credits

Term IV

Total: 12 Credits

Term V

Total: 13 Credits

Term VI

Total: 10 Credits

Theatre Course Recommendations
DRA 108          Drama Excursions
DRA 109          Drama Excursion II
DRA 110           Introduction to Film

For those majoring in acting:
MUA 101          Applied Voice
MUA 140          Concert Choir

For those majoring in technical theatre:
ART 101          Art Appreciation
ART 118          Design, Form & Function

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