School of the Arts Majors and Courses

  • School of the Arts: Select a Major to Learn More

    Theatre/Musical Theatre

    Associate Degree in Theatre/Musical Theatre

    Dean provides the opportunity for a rewarding career with an Associate Degree in Theatre from Dean College.

    At Dean, we train actors, directors, stage managers, and tech production by providing multiple opportunities to develop your craft. Dean presents as many as 10 productions a year, including contemporary musicals, classic plays, and modern comedies and dramas. 

    The theatre curriculum includes training in acting, musical theatre, singing, movement, voice production, dramaturgical analysis, technical production, design and stage combat.  Students work closely with faculty members who bring multiple professional experiences to the stage.

    Graduates with an A.A. in Theatre/Musical Theatre are ready to enter a four-year theatre program or segue directly into the profession. 

    Course Sequence

    Theatre/Musical Theatre

    MAJOR (27 credits) Credits
    THA 111
    Introduction to Theatre
    3
    THA 113
    Basic Performance I
    3
    THA 114
    Basic Performance II
    3
    THA 131
    Technical Production 1
    3
    THA 132
    Technical Production 2
    3
    THA 233
    Acting I: Improvisation and Text Analysis
    3
    THA 234
    Acting II: Scene Study
    3
    Or
    -
    -
    THA 231
    Basic Stage Management
    3
    Or
    -
    -
    THA 301
    American Musical Theatre Repertoire
    3
    HISTORY ELECTIVE
    History Elective
    3
    Or
    -
    -
    ENGLISH/WRITING LITERATURE ELECTIVE
    English Literature or Writing Elective
    3
    SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    Social Sciences Elective
    3
    CORE (28 credits) Credits
    ENG 111
    Composition I
    3
    ENG 112
    Composition II
    3
    SPC 101
    Communication Fundamentals
    3
    MTH 150
    Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
    3
    BIO 180
    Human Biology
    4
    ART ELECTIVE
    Core Distribution Arts Elective
    3
    HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    Humanities Elective
    3
    NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATH ELECTIVE
    Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective
    3
    SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    Social Sciences Elective
    3
    ELECTIVES (6 credits) Credits
    ----------
    Elective - Open
    3
    ----------
    Elective - Open
    3
    TOTAL CREDITS: 61 Credits
    Students should select the elective appropriate to their desired concentration in the bachelor's degree program. Students interested in concentrating in musical theatre at the bachelor's level should take MUS 181 (Fundamentals of Music) and MUS 121/122 (Voice) to fulfill open elective requirements at the associate level. Credits

    DEAN CareerLink
    Updated daily, DEAN CareerLink offers current students and alumni access to an entire career network with job and internship opportunities, research tools, external job search website recommendations, events and workshops, and networking opportunities.

    What else can we help with? 
    • Internship opportunities
    • Connections with potential employers
    • Resume assistance
    • Writing a cover letter
    • Mock interviews and strategies
    • Networking opportunities and techniques
    • Integrating social media in your job search

    Useful Links
    Dozens of useful industry, career and employment search web sites, providing a great resource as you research and attempt to build your perfect career.  

Take the next Step