Drama - A.A. Degree

Take Center Stage or Work Behind the Scenes in ACC’s Drama Program

ACC’s Drama Department offers everything you need to begin a career in the performing arts. From acting, directing, lighting, sound, makeup, costume, set design, special effects, and even pyrotechnics, ACC delivers it all.

As a Drama student, you’ll have the opportunity to perform in any of the five plays ACC produces each theatre season. Past seasons have included plays, musicals, and children’s shows such as The Apple Tree, Godspell, Hansel & Gretel, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and many others. Guided by highly educated, experienced, and knowledgeable faculty, you will receive training in stage makeup, voice and diction, acting, technical theatre, and much more.

You’ll enjoy working and performing in one of the best theatre facilities available in the Gulf Coast region. ACC’s theatre is a 349 seat proscenium with a full stage house, fully computerized lights and sound, four flying electrics, two lighting catwalks over the house, two full sized dressing rooms, fully equipped scene shop, costume shop, box office, green room, and a “diner.”

Students working on set design  Students putting on makeup and props

Career Opportunities

So what can you do with a degree in Drama? The possibilities are numerous! Graduates from ACC’s Drama Department have gone on to work in positions such as Technical Director for Disney, Movie Producer in Los Angeles, Animated Voice Specialist in Houston, Box Office Manager at Florida State University, and Cabaret performers doing one-person shows in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Other graduates are writers, actors, directors, production assistants, entertainment software designers, teachers, and professors. Your career options are endless due to the diverse and comprehensive training available in theatre at Alvin Community College.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for entertainment occupations is expected to grow by 10% through 2026. In 2017, the median hourly wage for actors was $17.49 and $34.43 for producers and directors.

For more information on career opportunities in Drama, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The ACC Drama Department is made up of educators who will prepare you for careers in the theatre industry by focusing on individual needs and career goals. Every student, due to small class sizes, gets to experience personalized instruction. In addition, you’ll receive a well-rounded skillset in every area of theatre that will help you succeed when transferring to four-year universities and with obtaining future employment.

 Your journey through the Drama A.A. degree program will allow you to take core courses in mathematics, humanities, and the following drama/theatre courses:

  • Acting
  • Makeup
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Stagecraft
  • Voice for Theatre
  • and more!

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DRAMA
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS
+DRAM 1351 - Acting I 3
+ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3
+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum 3
+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework 3
SECOND SEMESTER
+DRAM 1120 - Theater Practicum I 1
DRAM 1341 - Makeup 3
+ENGL 1302 - Composition II 3

Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum -

   (COMM 1307, HUMA 1301 or PHIL 1301 recommended)

3
+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum -
   (PSYC 2301 or SOCI 1301 recommended)
3
THIRD SEMESTER
+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum 6
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  
+Select from American History Core Curriculum 3
DRAM 1121 - Theater Practicum II 1
DRAM 2331 - Stagecraft II or DRAM 1352 - Acting II 3
+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government 3
SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication 3
 SECOND SEMESTER 
+Select from American History Core Curriculum  3
+DRAM 1310 - Introduction to Theater  3
DRAM 1330 - Stagecraft I  3
DRAM 2120 - Theater Practicum III  1
DRAM 2336 - Voice for Theater  3
+GOVT 2306 – Texas Government 3
 DRAMA (A.A.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

 +Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.

MUSICAL THEATRE
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS
+DRAM 1351 - Acting I 3
+ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

3

MUAP 1281 - Applied Music: Voice

2
+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework 3
SECOND SEMESTER
DRAM 1341 - Makeup 3
+ENGL 1302 - Composition II 3

+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

3

MUAP 1282 - Applied Music: Voice

2

RMUEN 1159 - Vocal Ensemble (Musical Theater I)

THIRD SEMESTER
+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum 6
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  
+Select from American History Core Curriculum 3

+DRAM 1352 - Acting II

3

+Select from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core Curriculum -
   (COMM 1307, HUMA 1301 or PHIL 1301 recommended)

3

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

3

MUAP 2281 - Applied Music: Voice

2
 SECOND SEMESTER 
+Select from American History Core Curriculum  3

Elective - Select from DRAM courses (DRAM 2336 recommended)

 2

MUAP 2282 - Applied Music: Voice

 2

RMUEN 2159 - Vocal Ensemble (Musical Theater II)

 1

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum -
   (PSYC 2301 or SOCI 1301 recommended)

 3

+SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication

3
 MUSICAL THEATRE (A.A.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.

RMay be repeated for credit.

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs for the Drama or Musical Theatre A.A. Degree program including tuition and fees are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

 *Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

Drama is part of our Liberal Arts Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other Liberal Arts programs that may interest you.