Performance & Acting

The curriculum in the Theatre Arts, Performing/Acting Associate Degree program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. A baccalaureate degree or higher is recommended for those considering a professional career related to this field. An Associate Degree would demonstrate commitment to the major for those transferring to other institutes of higher learning and may support attempts to gain employment in the field.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Performance and Acting Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
ETT 40 Stagecraft 4
TA 1 Fundamentals of Acting 3
TA 2* Scene Study I 3
TA 11 Stage Movement 3
TA 43 Stage Make-up 1
Select from Appreciation and History 3
Select from Rehearsal and Performance 0.5 - 2
Select from Acting 6
Select from Restricted Electives 3
Total  27.5 - 29


Appreciation and History:


Course ID Title Units
TA 25 Theatre History: Primitive to Renaissance 3
TA 26 Theatre History: Renaissance to Contemporary 3


Rehearsal and Performance:


Course ID Title Units
ETT 142 Theatre Production 1
TA 15 Rehearsal and Performance: Drama 1
TA 16 Rehearsal and Performance: Comedy 1
TA 17 Rehearsal and Performance: Mixed Genres 1
TA 18 Rehearsal and Performance: Dance 1
TA 19 Rehearsal and Performance: Musical Theatre 1




Course ID Title Units
TA 3* Scene Study II 3
TA 4* Acting Styles I 3
TA 5* Acting Styles II 3
TA 10 Musical Theatre Techniques 3
TA 290* Acting for Television and Film 3


Restricted Electives:


Course ID Title Units
ETT 41* Stage Lighting 3
ETT 42 Costume Design 3
ETT 45* Scene Design 3
ETT 101* Fundamentals of Design and Graphics for Theatre 3
ETT 102* Stage Management 3


Suggested coursework not required for the major:


Course ID Title Units
TA 12 Directing 3
TA 20 Theatre Appreciation 3
TA 22 Musical Theatre History and Appreciation 3
TA 30 Introduction to Oral Interpretation 3
TA 32 Interpreters' Theatre 3
TA 108 Audition Techniques 3
TA 110 Chicana/o Latina/o Theatre 3
TA 113 Rehearsal and Performance: Children's Theatre 2
ETT 130 Theatre Management 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

Associate Degree

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.