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Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre

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Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre 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: COA – Elizabeth City
  • 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.

Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre Curriculum Guide

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Expository Writing ENG 011 ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a ENG 111 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a ENG 111 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Select two courses from:
ART 111 (none), ENG 231 (ENG 112), ENG 232 (ENG 112), ENG 241 (ENG 112), or ENG 242 (ENG 112), MUS 110 (none), MUS 112 (none), PHI 215 (ENG 111), PHI 240 (ENG 111)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 9
Select three courses from at least two different disciplines:
ECO 251 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), ECO 252 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), HIS 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 112 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 131 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 132 (ENG 002 Tier 1), POL 120 (ENG 002 Tier 1), PSY 150 (ENG 002 Tier 1), or SOC 210 (ENG 002 Tier 1)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathematics 3 – 4
Select one course from:
MAT 143 – 3 credit hours (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), MAT 152 – 4 credit hours (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), or MAT 171 – 4 credit hours (MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Natural Sciences 4
Select one course from:
AST 111 with AST 111A (MAT 003 Tier 1), BIO 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2), CHM 151 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2), or PHY 110 with PHY 110A (MAT 003 Tier 1)
n/a n/a n/a 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 n/a none 3
DRA 131 Acting II n/a DRA 130 3
DRA 230 Acting III n/a DRA 131 3
DRA 140 Stage Craft I n/a none 3
DRA 141 Stage Craft II n/a DRA 140 3
DRA 170 Play Production I n/a none 3
DRA 171 Play Production II n/a DRA 170 3
DRA 211 Theatre History I n/a none 3
DRA 212 Theatre History II n/a none 3
MUS 151V* Class Music I (Voice) n/a none 1
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61

*Students 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.