2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Theatre Arts, A.A./A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Theatre Arts (A.A., A.S.)

Program and Career Description:

The Theatre Arts emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. Students can pursue careers in writing screen plays, acting, television, choreography, and music. A few examples of career and salary estimates are listed below.

Career Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Actor $17.00 an hour $17.00 an hour $17.32 an hour
Choreographer $12.02 an hour $26.94 an hour $35.11 an hour
Musician $12.05 an hour $26.96 an hour $46.60 an hour

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Major Required Courses

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Theatre Arts, A.A./A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

  • Literature Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Social/Behavioral Science Credit(s): 3
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3 **

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13

  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • THEA Electives Credit(s): 7
  • Elective Credit(s): 2 **


**Note: An elective can be any college-level course.

**If pursuing the A.A. degree, the 6 elective hours must be one-year sequence of the SAME foreign language. Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at universities include demonstrated competency in foreign language at the intermediate level. Community college students are encouraged to attain intermediate-level competency in foreign language before transferring. Complete information regarding foreign language requirements at each university may be found on the transfer and articulation web sites of the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee System. Community college students are encouraged to be familiar with foreign language requirements at the universities and, if applicable, complete the requirements before transferring. The B.S. Degree with a major in Theatre Arts is available at Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University.

For more information contact:
Dr. Stuart Lenig at
slenig@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2877
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- THEA-02-14-18

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