Theatre and Entertainment Technology (Entertainment Technology)

Associate in Science

Theater and Entertainment Technology

Stagecraft, stage management and theatre practices

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Theatre and Entertainment Technology degree program comprises of basic theatre technology, general education and advanced specialized technical courses. Hands-on learning takes place in both a classroom setting and in live production situations to provide students with the principles and practices required for employment in the rapidly expanding entertainment industry.

Emphasis in this specialized program is placed on production. Many hours are required in the operation of the theatre plant, and the construction of scenery, properties and lighting of theatrical events. Students will be actively involved in the production of numerous music, dance and theatre events in the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on South Campus.

Industry Associations

The A.S. in Theatre and Entertainment Technology program is the apprentice program for the local chapter of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E)  and students may begin working with the union as early as their second semester.

Program Code: 221B

64 Credits

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Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This A.S. degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. The Stage Technology Technical Certificate (T.C.) is embedded within this degree program. Upon completion of the program students may apply to take the examination for membership into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) the professional union representing backstage personnel.

Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. The A.S. Degree program does articulate into a bachelor’s degree program. For details on articulation or University transfer refer to the University Transfer Guide or visit the Transfer Services web page.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program students may work for I.A.T.S.E. as journeyman, stage-hands or as an specialist in the areas of stage carpentry, electrics, audio, properties, rigging, projectionist or technical directors. There are positions available for stage technicians in the touring business of theatre, opera, dance or the music industry. Stage technicians are employed by churches, cruise ships, convention centers, trade show companies, casinos, theme parks, the film industry and any other fields with live presentations.

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Admission Requirements

This is an open access program. For general admissions information, view the College catalog.

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