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Technical Theatre

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Technical Theatre is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers within theatre operations and production. The curriculum includes a foundation of applied skills within technical theatre including backstage personnel skills, as well as hands-on experience working on live theatre productions and events. Students may select from a choice of specializations in audio, costuming, group/solo cosplay, hair and makeup, lighting, properties, puppetry, and set/scenic construction. Program graduates can directly enter the workforce into positions such as cosplay actor, puppeteer, sound engineer, lighting technician, carpenter, scenic painter, stage crew, stage management, wardrobe crew, costume stitcher, costume crafts apprentice, and hair/makeup artist in a range of settings including live theatre, television and film, conferences and events, attractions and shows.

Students can earn an embedded Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Stage Crew along with one additional area: Audio Technician, Costuming, Group/Solo Cosplay, Hair and Makeup, Lighting, Properties, Puppetry, and Set/Scenic construction. An Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Theatre is also available for students interested in university transfer.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5462
Total Credits Required
21-48
Catalog Year
2020-2021

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Interpret stage directions, plans, and paperwork to execute projects to specifications.
  2. Recognize theatre and shop roles and responsibilities.
  3. Demonstrate use of safety procedures for a variety of technical theatre activities and projects.
  4. Recognize different forms of theatrical scenery.
  5. Operate technical theatre equipment for stage use.
  6. Take accurate measurements using industry standards.
  7. Differentiate between various materials and hardware types and their uses.
  8. Utilize shop tools for the production, maintenance, and alteration of theatrical costumes, properties, and/or set dressing to industry standards.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills required in technical theatre specializations such as audio and sound, costuming, hair and makeup, cosplay, puppetry, lighting, set construction, and/or painting.
  10. Create professional materials to promote one's skills and experiences within the industry.
  11. Analyze selected works for plot, purpose, form, characters, theme, historical, cultural, and social rules of convention.
  12. Demonstrate foundational skills in design, technical, and performance practices for effective communication and persona expression across various artistic genres.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

$29,550

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole: * Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THE111 Introduction to Theatre HU 3
THP213 Introduction to Technical Theatre Critical course Gateway course 4
THP251 Safety Practices in Theatre and Film Production 1
THP266 Production Careers in Technical Theatre 1
ENG101 First-Year Composition Students who intend to take THE220 must take ENG101 FYC 0–3
THP201AB or
THP203
Theatre Production II or Technical Theatre Production 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP201AB or
THP203
Theatre Production II or Technical Theatre Production 0–3
THP269 Technical Theatre Portfolio Development 1
THP296++ Cooperative Education 1–4
THE220 or
THP225 or
THP291AC
Modern Drama or Visual Script Analysis or Summer Conservatory: Script Analysis (Act) HU, L 1–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THE111 Introduction to Theatre HU 3
THP213 Introduction to Technical Theatre Critical course Gateway course 4
THP251 Safety Practices in Theatre and Film Production 1
ENG101 First-Year Composition Students who intend to take THE220 must take ENG101 FYC 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP266 Production Careers in Technical Theatre 1
Specialization Specialization Option 3–4
THE220 or
THP225 or
THP291AC
Modern Drama or Visual Script Analysis or Summer Conservatory: Script Analysis (Act) HU, L 1–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP201AB or
THP203
Theatre Production II or Technical Theatre Production 2–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
THP269 Technical Theatre Portfolio Development 0–1
THP296++ Cooperative Education 0–4
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
THP269 Technical Theatre Portfolio Development 0–1
THP296++ Cooperative Education 0–4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Option 0–3
THP269 Technical Theatre Portfolio Development 0–1
THP296++ Cooperative Education 0–4

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Technical Theatre (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=151194).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.