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Be the star of the show, design the set or become an industry expert. All are possible career paths you can follow through our Theater program.

AACC's Theater program is more than just acting and directing. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about what happens behind the scenes to prepare the show for opening night. You’ll get a real taste of the business through our student-run club the Theatre at AACC, with plenty of opportunities to take leadership roles. When you’ve finished your degree, you’ll be ready to start your career as an artist or to transfer to a four-year program of your choosing.

Transfer Degrees

The Performing Arts department is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Theater, Arts and Sciences Transfer, A.A.

You’ll learn about stagecraft, script analysis, acting and play production, with the ability to tailor your studies further according to your interests.


Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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Credit Certificate

The following certificate prepares students for employment and feeds into the A.A. degree, if desired.

Production Design Certificate

You’ll get an overview of the theater business while gaining the skills you need to enter the workforce in production design.


What can you do with a degree in theater?

Many of our graduates pursue four-year degrees in theater, while others begin their careers. Our program prepares you for a number of roles within the theater industry:

  • Actor
  • Performer
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Event designer
  • Set designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Costume designer
  • And more

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Related Studies

If Theater sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these is a better fit.