Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

As a student in Theatre you will learn fundamental performance and technical production processes for the theatre arts, discuss the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, and understand the interaction between script, actor, and audience as well as the areas of scenery, lighting, sound and costume. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in Theatre includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and prepares students for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Theatre. With a degree in Theatre you may be employed in one of the following career areas: education, design, technical theatre, theatre management, advertising, marketing, management, social work, professional performance, stage direction, or stage management.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours

THE 105

Theatre Appreciation: AH1


THE 211

Development of Theatre Greek-Renaissance: AH1


Students planning to attend University of Colorado Boulder in Theatre should consult UCB Theatre advisors regarding THE 105.


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2). One of these courses must have the required laboratory (SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

THE 108

Theater Script Analysis: AH1


THE 111

Acting I


THE 116

Technical Theatre


THE 212

Development of Theatre Restoration to Modern: AH1


THE 215

Playwriting: AH1


Choose one (1) course from the following:

THE 131

Theatre Production I


THE 132

Theatre Production II


THE 231

Theatre Production III


THE 232

Theatre Production IV



Eleven (11) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Students interested in attending MSU Denver or CSU-Fort Collins are advised to take COM 115.

Students who plan to transfer to UCB or UCCS may not take elective courses with a THE prefix.

Total Credit Hours