Drama Transfer Program

A photo of a theatrical production at SSC

The Drama (Theatre) Transfer Program devotes itself to educating theatre students in all aspects of the craft from acting, directing, and stagecraft to its history and literature, and back to the play through classes, training, and production. The program amply prepares theatre majors for university work upon graduation. Since talent does not discriminate, we encourage students of all disciplines to seek out courses and productions in which they may unlock their hidden talents as they journey with us in the art of drama and in the world of theatre.


The drama program was created so as to provide a comprehensive education in the art of drama and theatre in order to prepare students for hands-on entry-level theatre jobs and to successfully transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

In so doing, we uphold such goals and values as:

  • To encourage students of all disciplines in the spirit of non-discrimination to seek out expression in which they may unlock their talents;
  • To enable students to demonstrate practiced performance skills to display their understanding of the art of mastering the theatre experience;
  • To cultivate disciplined forms of self-expression that deepen the path of critical thinking;
  • To forward the knowledge of acting, directing, stagecraft, history and literature in an environment that welcomes reflection;
  • To provide a glimpse into the inner life of the artist to provide growth and pleasure; and,
  • To foster lifelong enrichment as the individual applies practical participation in the craft with spring and summer productions, a fall open mic event, and student playwriting intensives.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.


Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Drama (Theatre)

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credits in transfer to fulfill requirements in drama/theatre. Consult the College & Career Success Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and programs. Peruse some of the offerings in the Department of Communications and Fine Arts.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Minimum General Education (42-43)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Communications (9)
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
DRM 151 Theatre Appreciation 3
DRM 152 Plays and Playwrights 3
HFA 158 Drama into Film 3
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
GROUP III Select from Social Science Electives
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Mathematics (3)
GROUP IV Select from Mathematics Elective 3
Physical and Life Science (7-8)
GROUP V Select from Physical and Life Science Elective (Must include one lab) 9
Health and Fitness (2)
GROUP VI Select from Health and Fitness Elective 2

Area of Concentration/Electives (25)

DRM 155 Ethnic Traditions in American Theatre 3
DRM 157 Acting I 3
DRM 167 Acting II 3
DRM 199 Theatre Practicum 1-3
DRM 120 Stagecraft 3
DRM 160 Directing I 3
ENG 204 Shakespeare 3
Minimum for AS Degree 62-64