Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Provides a sound basis for understanding the theory and practice of acting, directing, or technical aspects of the theatrical arts. Offers experiences designed to prepare successful students for acceptance into acting and technical theatre schools in the United States and abroad. Within the 62 credit degree program, one nine-credit emphasis from among acting, directing, or technical theatre is chosen by the student.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Create research papers and reviews using writing skills and research methods in the field of theatre arts.
  • Evaluate theatre productions using standardized criteria.
  • Describe the historical context of theatre, including how it relates to contemporary society and culture.
  • Perform, direct, manage, or design a theatrical production.
  • Work collaboratively to produce a theatrical production.
  • Illustrate the specialized vocabulary within the theatrical arts.
  • Apply time management skills to accomplish theatrical production tasks.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete at least three of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least 8 credit hours from the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 26

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness Group: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Humanities: This degree requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.

  3. Science and Mathematics: This degree requirement is fulfilled within the General Education Quantitative Literacy category.

  4. Social Science: This degree requirement is fulfilled within the General Education Civil Society & Culture category.

Minimum credits: 2

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
62.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140
George Popovich: 313-845-6478,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-127

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Wayne State University
  • Oakland University