Theatre Arts

Program Description

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The Associate of Fine Arts Theatre Arts Transfer Pathway offers students the opportunity to focus on gaining course credits that directly transfer to a Theatre Arts bachelor’s degree program at any one of the 7 universities within the Minnesota State system that offers the major*.  

The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor’s degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college.

Students planning to transfer outside of the Minnesota State System are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum. Minneapolis College's AFA transfer pathway in Theatre Arts will give you training in the basic skills necessary for creative expression in the performance and technical aspects of the theater arts. The program integrates the artistic, technical and academic disciplines of theater practice. You may choose an emphasis in acting, directing or technical theater skills. You will also learn to interpret and understand global theater history, as well as contemporary and classical dramatic literature.

This transfer pathway in Associate of Fine Arts Pathway in Theatre, Theatre Performance, and Theatre Production and Design will transfer to the following majors:

  • Metropolitan State University: Theater, B.A.
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Theatre, B.A.
  • Theatre, B.S., Minnesota State University
  • Moorhead: Theatre Arts, B.A.
  • Southwest Minnesota State University: Theatre Arts, B.A.
  • St. Cloud State University: Theatre, B.A.
  • Winona State University: Theatre Arts, B.A


  • Minneapolis College instructors bring the Theatre Arts to life. These professional educators also hold advanced degrees in the Theatre Arts and bring acting and directing experience as artists with many local and national theaters.
  • You may find yourself acting, directing, designing or viewing productions at any given time. Students can participate in three Main stage productions each year, entering into creative collaborations with faculty, community members and artists-in-residence.
  • Let the stage be your learning lab. Experience the exhilaration of performing on three different stages—proscenium, thrust stage or black box—as part of the program’s faculty-directed productions.
  • The program’s smaller size fosters faculty and student interaction and creates a more personal learning experience.
  • Minneapolis College is in the heart of a vibrant theater community that includes and multiple downtown stages, including the internationally acclaimed Guthrie theater.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

Employment for Actors, Directors and Producers is expected to grow 11 percent during the 2008–18 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Attendance at live theater performances should continue to be steady, and drive employment of stage actors, producers and directors.

Potential Job Titles

  • Actor
  • Artistic director
  • Producer
  • Announcer
  • Stagehand
  • Lighting designer
  • Director/assistant director
  • Casting director/assistant

Where You Could Work

  • Local, regional and national theater companies
  • Music, dance and opera companies
  • Local and regional TV production
  • Local and regional film production
  • Local and regional commercial production houses
  • Live event production agencies