Theater Arts

Associate in Arts Degree Program
Hegis Code: 5610 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 30558

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Program Description
Students in Kelly Kinsella theater workshop
The Theater Arts program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in the theater, with its related performance, design, and technical fields, through an integrated combination of academic and production experience.  While serving students through career preparation and enrichment through a diversity of courses and productions, the Theater Arts program is also dedicated to enhancing the cultural life of the campus and the larger community.  Students who complete the Theater Arts program earn an Associate in Arts degree, which prepares students for transfer to programs at four-year institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AA degree in Theater Arts program, a student will be able to
• Demonstrate an understanding of the process of theater design, including set, costume, and lighting as they pertain to the dramatic text;
• Demonstrate an awareness of how theater artists collaborate in creating productions which capture the playwright’s and director’s intentions;
• Demonstrate personal discipline, responsibility, and cooperation while working with others during the rehearsal and performance process;
• Understanding of the evolution of theater arts from a historical, cultural and social perspective;
• Analyze the progression of the craft of acting as it relates to performance and discovery of character;
• Understanding of the expectations and demands of the profession from a business perspective: resumes, headshots, auditioning and monologue work for actors and portfolio for designers.


Employment Potential
Actors, directors, theater technicians, stage managers, designers of costumes, scenery, lights and sound, and over 60 additional creative and managerial job opportunities are to be found in the theater and the entertainment industry of television and film. Students completing a Theater Arts degree will be well prepared for entry-level positions in the field or for continued study in any four-year undergraduate program.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
Stephen Balantzian
Instructor of Theatre & Program Coordinator
Art, Design, Music, Theatre & Communication Department
Office: Vanderlyn Hall, VAN 212 D
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 1589 or

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.

First Semester / Fall
Course Number Description Credits

ART 107  or

ART 108  or

HIS 101 * or

HIS 102 *

Art History I or

Art History II or

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II

ENG 101 College English I 3
MAT 105 or higher

College Algebra I or

higher level math course

THE 101 Introduction to Theater 3
THE 121 Acting I 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Second Semester / Spring

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
PSY 101 General Psycology 3
THE 105 Introduction to Stagecraft 3
THE 125 Voice and Diction 3
Semester Credits 16
THE 109 ** Production Participation 1
THE 241 ** American Musical Theater 3
Semester Credits 4
Third Semester / Fall
Elective Foreign Language Elective 3-4
Elective Natural Science Elective 3-4
THE 205 Elements of Design for the Theater 3
THE 210 Acting II 3
Major Course ** Major Course by Advisement 3
Semester Credits 15-17
Fourth Semester / Spring

ENG 208 or

ENG 215 or
ENG 220

Twentieth Century American Drama  or

Shakespeare or Intro to Drama


HIS 103 or

HIS 104

American History I or

American History II

THE 240 Theater Workshop 3
Major Courses ** Major Courses (2 required) by Advisement 6
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 61-64
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history courses.
** Production Participation (THE 109 is available to students as 1 credit per semester, up to 4 credits) and Summer Musical Theater participation courses are optional, but Theater Arts majors may, by advisement, select these courses, as well as courses offered as part of SUNY Ulster's Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings artists of renown to teach credit courses, as a major course elective or select a course from the major elective courses listed below.

Major Course Electives
Course Code
Theater Arts Production
Production Participation (1 cr. per semester)
up to 4
Movement for the Stage
Musical Theater
Special Topics in Theater
Independent Study in Theater
Internship in Theater
Fundamentals of Music
Applied Music
College Chorus
Vocal Ensemble
Voice Class
Voice Class II
Introduction to Art
Art History I or Art History II
Introduction to Drawing I
Introduction to Interior Design & Drafting
History of 20th Century Design
20th Century American Drama
Oral Interpretation
Art of the Film