Theatre Arts, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Arts department offers a balanced approach to both the academic study and practical application of the knowledge, skills, and techniques essential to the theatrical experience. The AA-T in Theatre Arts offers a focus in Performance Training and Technical Theatre. Students will be prepared to transfer seamlessly into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Theatre Arts or related major. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to communicate through the dramatic medium, inviting analysis of human situations, contexts, cultures, pursuits, and human behavior and how it relates meaning to all other aspects of the human condition.
  • Compare and apply techniques in performance and technical theatre learned in a classroom and/or lab environment to the requirements inherent in theatrical production.
  • Create or participate in a theatrical production or productions, in line with discipline standards, so as to demonstrate a command of awareness and execution inherent in those works as well as a degree of performance or technical ability appropriate to the projects and program.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
THEA 1Introduction to Theatre3
THEA 15AActing I3
Required Electives
Select one course from the following:3
Main Stage Production - Comedy
Main Stage Production - Dramatic
Main Stage Production - Classical
Main Stage Production - Original/Experimental
Studio Theatre - Comedy
Studio Theatre - Dramatic
Studio Theatre - Classical
Studio Theatre - Original/Experimental
List A
Select three courses from the following:9
Any one Required Elective not already selected
Script Analysis
Acting II
Introduction to Theatre Design
Introduction to Stage Lighting
Fundamentals of Costume Design
Stage Makeup
Additional Requirements42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
THEA 1 Introduction to Theatre 3
Mathematics for General Education
or Elementary Statistics
THEA 15A Acting I 3
CSU GE Area D (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
THEA 15B Acting II 3
Main Stage Production - Comedy
or Main Stage Production - Dramatic
or Main Stage Production - Classical
or Main Stage Production - Original/Experimental
or Studio Theatre - Comedy
or Studio Theatre - Dramatic
or Studio Theatre - Classical
or Studio Theatre - Original/Experimental
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 3
CSU GE Area D (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
or Interpersonal Communication
THEA 6 Script Analysis 3
Major List A 3
CSU GE Area B2 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
CSU GE B1 and B3 4
CSU GE Area E 3
CSU GE Area F 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 1
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.