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Associate of Science Degree
Theatre Arts

To acquire the Associate of Science Degree in Theatre Arts, students must complete the required major courses below with a grade of “C” or better along with one of the following: Rio Hondo College General Education and Proficiency requirements, California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE), or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (RHC GE 7a)M3.0
THTR 101 - Theatre Arts Appreciation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students seeking an overview of the entire field of theatre. The practice and theory of the following are explored: costume, set and lighting design, acting, directing, playwriting, criticism, play structure, theatre architecture, and producing. The instructor includes a brief historical overview and organizes at least one field trip to a professional theatre production.

THTR 110 - Principles of Acting IM3.0
THTR 110 - Principles of Acting I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who are interested in acting in the areas of theatre, film, and television, whether as a profession or as a hobby. The class explores the theory, practice, and techniques of acting. Emphasis is placed on theatre games and exercises culminating in the presentation of scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:13.5 
2nd Semester
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and FilmM3.0
THTR 150 - Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV and Film (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course is designed for the student who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology. The student will study the aesthetics and practical application principles of stage scenic, sound and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production.

THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and PerformanceM3.0
THTR 170 - Theatre Rehearsal and Performance (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; THTR 110
Limitations: Acting Students must audition and Technical Students must interview prior to participating in the course
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who wants to participate in a stage production that is part of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) competition. Students' performances will be evaluated by judges representing ACTF during public performances at Rio Hondo, and some will be chosen to compete at the regional and national festivals in the areas of acting, writing, stage managing, directing, and stage design. Students are provided an opportunity to be part of a theatre company in the organization of full-length and/or one-act plays under the guidance of a faculty director. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
Summer 1
RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
3rd Semester
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting IIM3.0
THTR 111 - Principles of Acting II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to continue to explore theories and techniques used in preparation for the interpretation of drama through acting, and to develop their skills past the beginner level. Emphasis will be placed on deepening an understanding of the acting process through exercises, character analysis, monologues, and scenes.

THTR 230 - Principles of DirectingM3.0
THTR 230 - Principles of Directing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 110
Advisory: ENLL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students who want to develop their ability to work with actors, interpret drama, and stage plays. It will cover the history and the techniques of the stage director. Emphasis is placed on class activities such as exercises in staging techniques and directing short scenes. Career opportunities, stage management and assistant directing are also covered. This course is a requirement for the Theatre Arts AS Degree.

Select one: THTR 105 / THTR 105H M3.0
THTR 105 - The History and Development of the Theatre (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films.

THTR 105H - The History and Development of the Theatre Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: THTR 105 or THTR 105H)

This course is for students interested in the history of the theatre. It covers humanity’s relationship with theatre from primitive tribal cultures through today’s large musicals and blockbuster hits. The course explores the ways societal, religious, political, and social structures were presented and shared through the theatre; and investigates major plays, playwrights, and historic theatrical techniques through lectures, discussion, field trips, and films. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors program.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
4th Semester
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing IIM3.0
THTR 231 - Principles of Directing II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 230
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student majoring in Theatre Arts. The class is a continuation of Theatre Arts 230. Techniques in casting, rehearsing, picturization, characterization, tempo and climax in play direction are covered. Students will direct a 10-minute play with other students.

THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and FilmM3.0
THTR 151 - Stagecraft II for Theatre, TV, and Film (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: THTR 150
Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand the skills and concepts acquired in Stagecraft I for Theatre, TV, and Film (THTR 150). Topics such as the technical phases of scene production including construction, painting, rigging, placement and manipulation of stage scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and wardrobe as well as the organization and management of stage activity and stagecraft terminology are revisited and expanded upon. The student will additionally do extensive study of the aesthetics and practical application principles of set design, sound design, and lighting design. Students are assigned a specific crew duty such as light board operator, sound operator or stage crew lead with added responsibility that directly relates to a college theatre production. .

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
Total Units for Theatre Arts AS program 60.5† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

Advising Sheet:
Theatre-Arts-20-21.pdf
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

All Theatre Arts majors will identify basic theatre vocabulary and terminology (for example, stage directions and theatre genres).


2

Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic backstage practices and procedures.


3

Students will memorize and perform a live scene successfully.


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