Theater Focus | Transfer and Career options
Associate of Arts

Visual And Performing Arts-Theater Option

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Theater offers a challenging course of study to both new and experienced theater artists. In contrast to most large universities, our students have many opportunities early in their study to assume a variety of production roles, spanning the entire gamut from acting to set design. The hands-on experience you build here at NVCC will form an excellent foundation for entry-level jobs or transfer to a four-year program. Through a combination of classroom training, production experience opportunities and community service outreach, you will develop the creative and intellectual potential that lead to individual, artistic and professional development.

Earn a degree

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in theater performance, design & technology, and theater arts management. 
  • Through the CSCU Pathway Transfer Theater Studies students may transfer to the CSCU four-year school of their choice to pursue a bachelor's degree in theater.
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Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities


Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

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Act, direct, build sets, learn about lighting, study dramatic literature... Come explore your artistic potential!

The theater option offers a challenging course of study for both the novice student and experienced theater artist. Through a combination of classroom training, production experience opportunities and community service outreach, NVCC theater students develop a definite set of skills, knowledge and values that lead to growth as individuals, artist, and future theater professionals. Ultimately, the theater program strives to develop the creative and intellectual potential in both arts and non-arts majors at the college. Graduate employment may include assistant-ships as directors, stage managers, theater technicians, box office managers, marketing coordinators, sound engineers, lighting assistants or acting interns. Through a combination of:

  • classroom training
  • production experience
  • community service outreach

you will develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to grow independently and successfully in:

  • acting
  • directing
  • technical crew
  • stagecraft
  • lighting
  • scene design
  • dramatic literature
  • productions


The 800-seat Mainstage Theater is equipped with a fly system, along with state of the art technology in the areas of lighting, sound, and rigging. 

For smaller productions, our 100 seat Playbox has the flexibility to be reconfigured to service a variety of design approaches, and to handle both musical and non-musical productions. It likewise features brand new lighting and sound technology. The facility also houses make-up rooms, a scene shop, a costume shop, prop and storage rooms, a green room, box office, and rehearsal space.


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Where does this take me?


Academic & Transfer

Students looking to continue their education in a 4-year program with a focus on theater can seamlessly transfer to any one of four of the CSCU universities through the Pathway Transfer program.

Career Paths

  • Theatre Performance
  • Design & Technology
  • Theater and Arts Management


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