Theatre

Humanities & Social Sciences
Degree awarded: Associate in Arts

Program Narrative
The curriculum is designed to parallel the courses and experiences found in the first two years of a B.A. Theatre degree while providing the students opportunities to explore the various concentrations available in theatre arts.

Northampton graduates have transferred to a wide range of four-year institutions, including Temple University, DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Albright College, Brooklyn College, University of Iowa, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and University of Connecticut.

Program Features
NCC Theatre produces four major productions each season in both the newly renovated 350-seat Lipkin Theatre and the 100-seat Norman R. Roberts Lab Theatre. In addition, there is a variety of ensemble, experimental, touring, and special occasion productions mounted during the year. All NCC students are welcome to participate in productions.

The Theatre Department Faculty have diverse backgrounds and professional experience in acting, directing, technical theatre, design, performance studies, speech communications, oral interpretation, education outreach and children's theatre. The full-time faculty is augmented with a professional costumer, various guest directors, and adjunct faculty.

The program offers field trips to professional theatres in New York, New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, along with specialized workshops by visiting artists, and individual coaching of student auditions and presentations. All graduating students participate in a capstone showcase during their last semester. Graduates in good standing witha GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to receive the Norman R. Roberts Theatre scholarship which is applied to their first semester at a transfer institution

Program Requirements
Before admission to the program, students must successfully complete a departmental interview and audition or presentation. Contact the admissions office at (610) 861-5500 for further information. Non-program students are welcome to enroll in any theatre class with the exception of Theatre Portfolio, CMTH 218.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of theatre arts as a creative expression that reflects the diversity of human experiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theatrical conventions and cultural/historical backgrounds behind a cross-section of plays and productions.
  • Demonstrate theatre practitioners' methods and skills in the collaborative and creative process.
  • Begin a lifelong participation in theatre as both audience and artist.

Theatre,
Associate in Arts Degree

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
CMTH 110 Introduction to Theater
3
CMTH 111 Acting I
3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
ENGL 101C English I
3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (QL)
3
15
Second Semester
ARTA 101 Art History Survey
3
CMTH 115 Technical Theatre
3
CMTH 189 or Stage Voice and Movement or
1
CMTH 190 or Stage Production or
MUSC 130 or Chorus or
DANC 1__ any 1 credit DANC course
CMTH 105 Public Speaking
3
ENGL 151L English II (Literature)
3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology
3
16
Third Semester
CMTH 211G Plays: Classical to Contemporary
3
CMTH 212 or Acting II or
CMTH 117 Stagecraft
3
CMTH 189 or Stage Voice and Movement or
1
CMTH 190 Stage Production or
MUSC 130 or Chorus or
DANC 1__ any 1 credit DANC course
------------ Science Elective (SCI) ++
4
------------ Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time Elective (SIT)
3
14
Fourth Semester
CMTH 206 Directing
3
CMTH 218 Theatre Portfolio
1
ENGL 2__G Literature Elective (WI) +
3
MUSC 101 Introduction to Music
3
CMTH___ Television/Film Elective +++
3
------------- Transfer Elective
3
16
Total Credits
61

+ Literature Elective options: ENGL 203 (Shakespeare) is recommended; but any ENGL 2xxG, Writing Intensive, literature course is acceptable.
++Science Elective options: BIOS 105 (Contemporary Biology) or BIOS 160 (Human Biology) is recommended; but any four-credit lab science course may be taken.
+++ Television/Film Elective options: CMTH 170 (Television Production), CMTH 180 (Multimedia Production), or CMTH 240 (Portable Video Techniques) are recommended; but CMTH 104 (Mass Media & Society), CMTH 126 (The Communication Arts), and CMTH 220 (Introduction to Film) may be taken.

  • Completion of both ENGL101C and ENGL151C satisfy the computer literacy requirement.

Career Potential: Transfer program for actors, technicians, designers, directors, and educators. Preparation for entry level employment in Theatre Arts. Skills and Experience to qualify for internships leading to further training and future employment.

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