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.
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.
Upon completing this program, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following program learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students may work for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as journeyman stage-hands or as specialists in the areas of stage carpentry, electrics, audio, properties, rigging, projection, or technical direction. Additionally, there are positions are 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 other fields with live presentations.
Upon completion of this program, students may apply to take the examination for membership into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the professional union representing backstage personnel. For more information about IATSE, visit https://iatse.net/.