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Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science

Theatre and Entertainment Technology (Entertainment Technology) (221B)

Every time a curtain goes up, entertainment technicians go to work. They are the unseen, backstage Houdini’s who dress in black and make magic happen. They bring the show to life.

Few people enter the profession without a formal education and strong intern experience. Florida Community College’s two-year Entertainment Technology program offers both. Along with classroom study, you will have hands-on stage lighting, sound, design and management, and learn costume and makeup techniques. You will earn credits for participation in pre-production meetings, rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances — skills that also translate to film and television production.

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.

Imagine the advantages. Florida Community College offers 12 annual technical grants for tuition, fees and books, irrespective of financial status. Cost-of-living grants are also available to qualifying students. An additional annual IATSE grant and matching State funds provide $2,000 for students whose intent is to work in Jacksonville.

We are the official apprentice program for the local IATSE. You may intern on professional productions during your second year in venues such as the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Metropolitan Park, the Times-Union Performing Arts Center and the Florida Theatre.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Some technicians are permanently employed by repertory companies, cruise ships and churches. However, most freelance for touring companies, concerts, conventions, circuses, trade shows and major events such as the PGA Tour and the Super Bowl. Every day is different.

Annual Salaries
Entry-level is about $12.75 an hour. Increases come with experience.

An A.S. degree may transfer to a state university and requires MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher-level mathematics. Learn more at Transfer Services.

Estimated tuition is $4,250 (for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact program manager about additional costs (textbooks, fees and materials).


General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
THE 2000 Theater Appreciation 3
   or PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy  
  *Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
  *Humanities 3
  *Mathematics 3
  Credit Hours 15


Professional Courses
TPA 1250 Drafting for the Theatre I 3
TPA 1210 Stagecraft I 3
TPA 1211 Stagecraft II 3
TPA 1220 Introduction to Stage Lighting 3
TPA 1290 Technical Theatre Lab I 2
TPA 1273 Stage Property 3
TPA 2221 Advanced Stage Lighting
(Only available Summer A terms)
TPA 1291 Technical Theatre Lab II 2
TPA 2212 Sound for the Stage 3
TPA 2341 Drafting for the Theatre II 3
TPA 2292 Technical Theatre Lab III 2
TPA 1060 Scene Design 3
TPA 2600 Stage Management 3
TPA 2293 Technical Theatre Lab IV 2
TPA 2077 Scene Painting
(Only available Summer A terms)
TPA 1942 Internship 2
  Credit Hours 43


Professional Electives
TPA 1248 Stage Make-up 3
TPA 2218 Welding Techniques for Scenery
TPP 2110 Acting I 3
TPP 2300 Beginning Directing 3
THE 2000 Theater Appreciation 3
ARH 1000 Art Appreciation 3
ARH 2050 Art History I 3
ARH 2051 Art History II 3
ART 1201C Design I 3
ART 1300C Drawing I 3
PHY 1020C Physics for Liberal Arts with Laboratory 3
MUM 1600 Recording Techniques I 3
MUM 1601 Recording Techniques II 3
ENG 1100 Introduction to Film 3
IND 1100 History of Interiors I 3
IND 1020 Principles of Interior Design 3
CTE 1300 Introduction to Clothing Construction 3
CTE 1310 Basic Clothing Construction 3
CTE 1401 Basic Textiles 3
  Credit Hours 6

Total Credit Hours: 64

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.

This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate degree and become employed. Students who decide to
pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to university transfer requirements in the catalog.


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