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Theatre Production & Design Transfer Pathway (AFA) - 60 credits

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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The Theatre Production & Design Transfer Pathway (AFA) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Theatre Production & Design (BA of BFA) bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. *The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University. 

Acceptance into this degree program is by interview only. Students should consult their intended institution for any additional admissions or general education requirements.

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

Required Courses

Code Title Credits
THTR 1116 Introduction to Theatre 3
THTR 1122 Technical Theatre Practicum (must be repeated for a total of 2 credits) 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/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) – 40 credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1
  • Course #2

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1
  • Course #2

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 - met by taking required THTR course
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Other Degree Requirements - 20 credits

  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for THTR.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.