Offered at Ottumwa and Centerville Campuses
Program Learning Outcomes
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 theatre and performing arts, communication, speech and theater education. This program equally applies to those students who want to take selected theatre courses to fulfill general education requirements. The curriculum focuses on performance, theatre history, performance theory and design for the theatre.
Students who take the courses recommended in the theatre focus area will:
- To provide a high quality education and experience to Indian Hills Community Hills College students in the curriculum of the performing and visual arts.
- To encourage students and community members to develop an appreciation of the arts.
- To produce and provide a variety of performing and visual arts events of the highest quality for Indian Hills Community College and the community.
- To provide an environment that encourages and supports faculty development through research and creative activity.
- To cultivate arts audiences of the future through arts awareness and exposure to the diversity of the performing and visual arts.
- To engage in civic outreach and participation in community arts initiatives.
- To showcase the diversity in the arts by presenting art forms from many historical and cultural perspectives.
- To recruit actively to bring talented students to the department.
- To utilize discipline specific technology and techniques to enhance students’ learning and growth.
The theatre focus area graduate has three options:
- employment in the performing arts, performance studies, radio/television broadcasting, improvisation, directing, theatre management, stage management, lighting/sound design, costume design and scene design/construction.
- transfer to a four-year institution for advanced studies.
- 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 theatre major must have a broad understanding of a variety of topics, including literature, music, art, film, psychology and history.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the theatre 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