Transfer Information

The Associate in Arts in Theatre Arts for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Theatre or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree. Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education option is most appropriate for their individual educational goals.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Effectively practice the theatre arts through involvement in the creation and presentation of public performances in theatre.
  • Develop a structural approach to interpretation of language in dramatic text.
  • Explain and practice basic production processes such as acting, scenic, costume, and makeup design, and technical operation related to production.
  • Identify the historical and cultural dimension of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, actors, directors, and designers.
  • Acquire inter-cultural and multi-cultural understanding, as well as perception of the universal and timeless human conflicts presented in dramatic works.
  • Augment the discipline, cooperation, accountability, and perseverance necessary for positive self-identification and success in life.

Note: It is recommended that students intending to transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) in Theatre Arts-Emphasis in Youth Theatre, or into this major at other CSUs should consult a counselor and visit for guidance on appropriate coursework.

*Course also fulfills general education requirements for the CSU GE or IGETC pattern.

General Education: In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete one of the following general education options:

  • The IGETC pattern (page 106) is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out of state universities.
  • The CSU GE pattern (page 113) is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the UC system.
Electives as needed to meet maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.

Career Options
Careers related to this field typically require education beyond the associate degree level and some may require a graduate degree.

DRAM 105 Introduction to Dramatic Arts* or

DRAM 136 History of Canonized Theatre - Ancient
Greece to the Restoration *
DRAM 132 Beginning Acting3
DRAM 242A Rehearsal and Performance I  3
Select three courses from the following for nine units: (It is recommended that students select courses that meet lower division major preparation requirements for their transfer university).
DRAM 123 Beginning Stagecraft 3
DRAM 133 Intermediate Acting3
DRAM 142 Drawing for the Theatre: Costume
Illustration or

DRAM 143 Beginning Costuming 3
Total = 18

Course Requirements for Transfer Students
Students who plan to transfer to a four year college or university and earn a bachelor’s degree in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer/Career Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. Transfer students may also earn an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis. This degree may be individually tailored to each student’s specific transfer requirements in order to provide the most efficient path to transfer. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Programs section of the catalog.