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The Theatre Arts department offers a wide range of theatre courses and production opportunities. Through the study of the theatrical arts (acting, directing, stagecraft, design, and playwriting) students experience the power and value of theatre as a form of cultural development, societal reflection, and communication. Theatrical experience helps students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and human behavior by developing creative and critical thinking skills in a teamwork environment.
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As part of the Humanities Division, the Art Department shares the mission of the other performing and fine arts: to inspire students to discover their potential and to achieve their goals in speech communications, fine arts, drama, and music by providing a wide variety of guided presentation and performance opportunities, a nurturing and challenging atmosphere, and challenging standards of instruction aimed especially for small groups and individuals.
Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).
Preparation for Success
Most people studying for a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts take courses in radio and television broadcasting, communications, film, theater, and dramatic literature. Many continue their academic training and earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Students planning to major in Theatre Arts at a four-year college or university should take as many Theatre Arts courses as possible, especially Intro to Theatre, Acting, and courses in dramatic literature.