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Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre

Wizard of Oz

Program Overview

If you’re a creative type, chances are you’re motivated by more than just a paycheck. But that doesn’t mean the “starving actor” stereotype is true. The Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre program at College of The Albemarle (COA) is the perfect way to explore your creative passions while preparing to transfer for your Bachelor of Fine Arts and pursue a host of careers in the theatre. From your sketchbook to the stage, let’s work to transform your creative passion into purpose.

  • Degree: Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre
  • Program length: four semesters (two years)
  • Location: Elizabeth City Campus
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Careers: actor, stage manager, theatre manager, lighting or set designer and drama teacher

Hands-On Curriculum

Enjoy hands-on practice on the stage and behind the curtain. Theatre students will develop their acting skill, learn about theater production and stagecraft, and even hone their dance and voice skills. As part of our COAST (COA Student Theatre) Players students have the opportunity to perform in and help produce major plays and musicals each year in our 1,000-seat auditorium.

Student Success

Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre students have transferred on to study art and drama at UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State, Virginia Commonwealth and University of North Carolina Asheville, to name a few.

Job Prospects

Transferring to earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts will open opportunities for you to become a professional actor, stage manager, theatre manager, lighting or set designer or drama teacher.

Outstanding Value

Complete courses required of first- and second-year drama majors at many four-year institutions, at a fraction of the cost. Receive individual attention in small classes and have more time to refine and expand your dramatic skills.

Curriculum Guide

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success none none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry none DRE 098, or ENG 095, or ENG 090 and RED 090 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines none ENG 111 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking none ENG 111 3
Literature 3
Select one course from:
ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, or ENG 242
none ENG 112 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Select one course from:
ART 111, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215 (ENG 111), PHI 240 (ENG 111)
none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (at least two different disciplines must be represented) 9
Select one course from:
HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132
none DRE 098 3
Select two courses from:
ECO 251 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), ECO 252 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), HIS 111 (DRE 098), HIS 112 (DRE 098), HIS 131 (DRE 098), HIS 132 (DRE 098), POL 120 (DRE 098), PSY 150 (DRE 097), or SOC 210 (DRE 098)
n/a n/a none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathematics 3 – 4
Select one course from:
MAT 143 – 3 credit hours (DMA 010-050), MAT 152 – 4 credit hours (DMA 010-050), or MAT 171 – 4 credit hours (DMA 010-080)
none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Natural Sciences 4
Select one course from:
AST 111 with AST 111A (DMA 010-050), BIO 111 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), CHM 151 (DMA 010-080; and CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), or PHY 110 with PHY 110A (DMA 010-050)
none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 4
Total Universal General Education Transfer Component Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 32 – 33
Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Major Core Courses 28
DRA 130 Acting I none none 3
DRA 131 Acting II none DRA 130 3
DRA 230 Acting III none DRA 131 3
DRA 140 Stage Craft I none none 3
DRA 141 Stage Craft II none DRA 140 3
DRA 170 Play Production I none none 3
DRA 171 Play Production II none DRA 170 3
DRA 211 Theatre History I none none 3
DRA 212 Theatre History II none none 3
MUS 151V* Class Music I (Voice) none none 1
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61

*Student may substitute MUS 152 V Class Music II (Voice), MUS 251 V Class Music III (Voice) or MUS 252 V Class Music IV (Voice) for MUS 151 V by permission of the instructor.