The 90-credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama or Theatre Arts. Drama/Theatre Arts is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Education.
Drama/Theatre Arts — What is it?
The study of Drama and Theatre Arts encompasses knowledge of dramatic literature, the history of theatrical production, theatrical performance and the role of theatre arts in society. Students learn to analyze, interpret and critique dramatic literature and performances. In addition, students often specialize in a specific area of theatrical study as described below.
Areas of Study in Drama:
Theater Performance, Dramatic Literature and Traditions, Craft of Acting, Theatrical Production, Stage Design, Costume Design, Experimental Theater, Lighting, Playwriting, and Directing.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama/Theater?
Students majoring in Drama and Theatre develop the knowledge and skills that apply to a variety of careers and work environments. Graduates often enter the world of theatre, television, film, and digital media production to work as actors, performers, playwrights, directors, writers and designers. Knowledge of drama and theatre can also transfer into other professions such as teaching, business, public relations, journalism, fundraising, advertising, marketing and sales.
Potential employers include:
Community and Regional Theaters, Touring Companies, Television and Film Studios, Radio Stations, Amusement Parks, Arts Councils, Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Performing Arts Centers, Businesses and Industry, Publishing Companies, Newspapers and Magazines, Advertising Agencies and Non-Profit Organizations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
- Analyze a script for character objectives, subtext, biography and intentions appropriate to various genres and formats.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major acting theories used in contemporary theatre.
- Work with actors, writers and directors of varying skill levels and working styles.
- Demonstrate a familiarity with Western dramatic literature from the Greeks to contemporary American theatre.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA . For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.