Associate of Arts

The program is intended to enable students to develop the necessary academic, technical and analytical skills that will provide them with a measurable foundation in the basics of sound theater practices.This degree is useful to an individual seeking employment in the entertainment and media industries. As with any liberal arts degree, salaries vary according to the field chosen by the degree holder. With an Associate of Arts degree in Drama from STC, students will have attained the pre-professional foundation skills necessary to compete for beginning positions as technicians and/or performers.

In addition to career options in the field of Drama, students with AA-Drama degrees may also choose to pursue advanced degrees in related fields such as television, film, radio, industrial presentations, arts management, and public relations. Students who desire a career as Drama educators and who earn a Bachelor’s degree in this field would be eligible for employment in most public school districts, providing they obtain the necessary teaching certification. Students who earn a BA or BFA degree in Drama can also expect to be marketable in the business or corporate world in areas requiring a combination of verbal, visual and leadership skills. The AA and BA/BFA degrees also serve as the foundation for specialized studies in Drama such as Scene & Lighting Design, Costume Design, Technical Direction, Playwriting, Directing, Performance, Arts Management and Dramaturgy. Completion of the MA/MFA and Ph.D. coursework would make the graduates eligible for teaching positions at colleges and universities.


Field of Study - 18 Credit Hours
DRAM 1120Theater Practicum I1
DRAM 1121Theater Practicum II1
DRAM 2120Theater Practicum III1
DRAM 1330Stagecraft I3
DRAM 1341Makeup3
or DRAM 1342 Introduction to Costume
DRAM 1351Acting I3
DRAM 1352Acting II3
DRAM 2366Introduction to Cinema (Production Workshop)3
or DRAM 2389 Academic Cooperative
STC Core Curriculum - 42 Credit Hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum 1,242
Creative Arts
Introduction to Theater 3
Total Credit Hours60

In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Drama majors must take DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater to fulfill the Creative Arts component of the core curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
DRAM 1120 Theater Practicum I 1
DRAM 1351 Acting I 3
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 United States History I 3
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
DRAM 1121 Theater Practicum II 1
DRAM 1330 Stagecraft I 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
HIST 1302 United States History II 3
DRAM 1352 Acting II 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
DRAM 2120 Theater Practicum III 1
DRAM 1341
or Introduction to Costume
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
DRAM 2366
Introduction to Cinema 1
or Academic Cooperative
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

DRAM 2366 Introduction to Cinema (even years) or DRAM 2389 Academic Cooperative (odd years)