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.
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the breadth and scope of theater as an art form throughout its history.
- Demonstrate in a Capstone project at the end of Theater Arts coursework the knowledge and skills commensurate with an AFA in Theater Arts through acting, directing, or technical work in either a main stage production, classroom lab theater project, or a fine arts project.
- Analyze and understand play texts from a director’s point of view, demonstrate ability as the director to stage scenes from play texts with student actors, work collaboratively as a director with actors and designers, all in the process of bringing dramatic projects to life.
- Articulate in written form detailed personal responses to dramatic literature and live theater events by learning the fundamentals of critical theater evaluation.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of acting techniques and stage terminology necessary for researching, preparing, and creating believable characters in multiple styles of plays in rehearsal and performance in the studio classroom and the Whitney Fine Arts building.
- Minneapolis College’s A.F.A. in Theatre Arts will give you training in the basic skills necessary for creative expression in the performance and technical aspects of the Theatre Arts, and, if you choose, provide you with the ability to transfer to a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in theater. It will also qualify you for the first half of a cooperative B.A. degree in Theater Arts with Metropolitan State University, the only state college or university outside of the University of Minnesota to offer a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts in the Twin Cities.
- 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.
- Your instructors will be theater artists with professional experience and graduate degrees in theater. Their classes focus on developing the fundamentals of acting, stage movement, vocal production, play directing and producing, scene design and lighting, playwriting and written and oral response to theater.
- The theater department’s stage productions will serve as your learning laboratory, an opportunity to enter into creative collaborations with faculty, community members and artists-in-residence. You may find yourself acting, directing, designing or viewing productions at any given time to learn all aspects of the theater experience, from lab theater to the Main stage. The productions and your coursework combine to give you a solid base in classical, modern, contemporary and multicultural theater.
On-campus productions—3 each year—give students the opportunity to collaborate creatively with other students, faculty and artists-in residence.
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
- Artistic director
- 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