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Theatre Production & Design Minnesota State Transfer Pathway (AFA)

Why Choose Theatre Production & Design?

You can cultivate your skills with an emphasis on Performance or Production and Design in Normandale’s AFA degree program in Theatre. Students will be highly mentored by faculty in a variety of settings, from one-on-one coaching to a workshop-based classroom environment. There are numerous opportunities to participate in the production season as well.

Skills Acquired

(from iseek.org)

In theatre design, students will learn practical skills, including how to:

  • Design sets
  • Paint scenes
  • Make costumes
  • Use computers to manage lights and sound
  • Use lighting to illuminate actors and create mood
  • Transform the stage to fit the production

Recognition

Normandale Community College's Art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Careers in Theatre Production & Design

Projected Job Growth

According to the ISeek.org, the job growth rate for set and exhibit designers is 7.3%.

Types of Jobs

(from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Individuals who study theatre production and design typically pursue careers as:

  • College Theatre Teachers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers

 

Average State Pay

According to iseek.org, the media annual salary for a set and exhibit designer is $41,746 ($20.07 per hour).

The median salary for postsecondary art, drama or theatre teachers in the state of Minnesota is $66,150 ($20.26 per hour).

Description

The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance is designed for the student who wishes to focus on intensive study in the first two years on theatre design and production curriculum and production activities.

Degrees & Certificates in Theatre Production & Design

The Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and Design is a combination of liberal arts general education courses and introductory theatre arts courses. The degree is earned by completing 60 credits, 40 credits of which are to include the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and 20 credits of theatre course requirements.

The degree is appropriate for students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program (BA or BFA) in design and technical theatre at a four-year institution. Students should consult their intended transfer institution for any additional admissions or general education requirements.

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Accreditation
The Theatre Department at Normandale Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The Associate of Fine Arts degree (AFA) in Theatre Production and Design is designed for the student who wishes to focus in the first two years on intensive study of the theatre design and production curriculum and production activities. The degree is appropriate for students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program (BA or BFA) in design and technical theatre at a four-year institution.

The AFA in Theatre Production and Design is a combination of liberal arts general education courses and introductory theatre arts courses. The degree is earned by completing 60 credits, 40 credits of which are to include the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and 20 credits of theatre course requirements.

Students should consult their intended institution for any additional admissions or general education requirements.

Acceptance into this degree program is by interview only.

Required Courses - 14 credits

*THTR 1122 should be repeated for a total of 2 credits.
*THTR 2520 fulfills Goal 6 requirement

Code Title Credits
THTR 1116 Introduction to Theatre 3
THTR 1122 Technical Theatre Practicum 1
THTR 1125 Drawing and Rendering 3
THTR 1140 Stagecraft 3
THTR 2150 Script Analysis 3
THTR 2520 Stage Management 3

Complete two of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
THTR 1130 Costume Construction 3
THTR 1145 Lighting and Sound 3
THTR 2020 Basic Design for the Stage 3

General Education Requirements

Complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

With careful planning, courses used to satisfy Goals 5 and 6 may also be counted for Goals 7, 8, 9 and 10.