Theater, A.A.

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Program Information

A degree in Iowa Western’s Theater program can lead to a wide range of opportunities in the theatrical arts industry. If you have an interest in technical design and building, directing, teaching, or administration, this program is just right for you. This program will reward you with an Associate of Arts degree and send you on your way. Theater students are encouraged to transfer their credits to four-year institutions. You can apply your credits toward a degree in such areas as theater, speech, fine arts, or education. An advanced degree will improve your chances for success in this field. This program gets students involved in stage management and directing in the very first semester. There are internships available at area theaters and other service learning opportunities. It all results in a well-rounded experience. You’ll form a close bond with your instructors and fellow students in this program.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. Students can then pursue undergraduate majors in theater, speech, or related fields of education. With a degree in theater,  students can begin careers in performance, technical design and building, directing, teaching, or administration. Acquiring skills in all aspects of theater is recommended for job security, and advanced degrees are generally required for specific levels of teaching and administration jobs.


  • This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Props or Costume Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Sound and Lighting Technician or Designer
  • Set Designer or Technician
  • Fine Arts Administrator
  • Postsecondary Teacher

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First Semester

LIT 101 - Introduction to Literature

DRA 130 - Acting I

DRA 162 - Technical Theatre

DRA 180 - Theatre Lab I

ENG 105 - Composition I

MAT 157 - Statistics

Second Semester

DRA 132 - Acting II

DRA 179 - Stage Make-Up

DRA 181 - Theatre Lab II

ENG 106 - Composition II

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

PHS 187 - Introduction to Earth Science

Third Semester

DRA 126 - Movement for the Actor

DRA 125 - Introduction to Play Analysis

DRA 280 - Theatre Lab III

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

HIS 110 - Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern

Fourth Semester

DRA 281 - Theatre Lab IV

DRA 178 - Stage Costume

HIS 111 - Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present

MUS 100 - Music Appreciation

PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology

Total Semester Hours Required: 60.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Illustrate the importance of collaboration in the art of theatre.
  • Utilize resources to analyze, interpret, and evaluate dramatic literature for the purpose of performance.
  • Demonstrate basic characterization techniques.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of various periods and genres of theatre.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa