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DRAFT MnSCU’s Statewide Transfer Pathway in Theatre
AFA and AA degree to BA and BS degree
(DRAFT as of March 23, 2016)
Note: An Associate of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts requires completion of the entire
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with a minimum of 40 credits. The Associate of Arts
degree with an emphasis in Theatre Arts requires completion of a 40 credit curriculum
that fulfills the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Individual institutions may require
specific courses to fulfill goal areas.
References to courses in all agreements designate competencies and are not to be
construed as making a reference to a specific course at a specific institution. Course
titles in the agreements are presented for guidance in advising students as to which
coursework they should take even though the course at the student’s college many not
have the specific title mentioned in the agreement.
Required Major Specific Content (8 credits):
An associate degree transferable under this Agreement must include competencies in
three broad content areas.
1. Theatre and Its Elements — 3 credits
2. Text Analysis — 3 credits
3. Practical Application — 2 credits (additional credits may count toward theatre
electives)
Program Specific Content Areas (3 – 6 credits):
An associate degree transferable under this Agreement must include competencies in at
least one of the below content areas.
1. Performance — 3 credits
2. Stagecraft —3 credits
Program Specific Content (6 - 9 credits): Theatre Electives
An associate degree transferable under this Agreement must include at minimum of six
additional credits of theatre coursework such that the total number of credits within the
discipline is no fewer than 20.
1. Theatre and Its Elements Competencies (3 credits)
Coursework in this content area will develop a student’s knowledge of:
1. The social and historic context of the theatre, including exploration of the history
and evolution of theatre ritual performance, and other cultural expression.
2. The elements of performance and of different theatre spaces.
3. The roles and duties of different theatre artists involved in a production.
4. Theatrical criticism.
5. Dramatic text and literature and the analysis of such pieces.
6. Live theatre by experiencing the theatre arts in practice and engaging with
theatre artists.
Upon successfully completing this coursework, students will be able to:
1. Articulate the ways in which theatre has evolved and has been an integral part of
culture and society throughout history, and how theatre has been shaped by –
and has shaped – the culture and society in which it was created.
2. Analyze, research and evaluate dramatic literature both by reading scripts and by
viewing performances; and understand the influences each particular society has
on the playwrights and major themes within their work.
3. Define and analyze performance elements, different theatre spaces, and the
various collaborators needed for a theatrical production, including producers,
directors, designers, actors, technicians, etc.
4. Evaluate and articulate an informed response to live theatre productions, utilizing
knowledge and skills gained.
2. Text Analysis Competencies (3 credits)
Coursework in this content area will develop a student’s knowledge of:
1. Dramatic literature from varying eras and cultures.
2. Literary elements as they are used in drama, such as plot structure, genre,
subtext, conflict, etc.
3. Analytical approaches to drama as text and performance.
4. The cultural and historical context of selected dramatic literature.
5. The role of drama as a cultural, historical, political or personal artifact.
6. Critical writing in response to drama.
7. Elements of production for selected plays.
Upon successfully completing this coursework, students will be able to:
1. Use appropriate theatre terminology to analyze a script to identify elements such
as genre, conflict, plot structure, units/beats, subtext, theme, style, social
context, etc. through oral and/or written responses.
2. Describe how theatre conventions and the social and historical context of drama
are shaped by the culture and time in which it was written.
3. Analyze and interpret plays from diverse cultures and time periods using different
perspectives, such as actor, designer, or director.
4. Read or view a play and use appropriate theatre terminology to express an
informed personal, critical reaction to the text or to the particular elements of a
specific production, including its classification of dramatic structure, genre, and
style as well as the ways in which the performers and designers may have
interpreted the playwright’s intent.
3. Practical Application Competencies (at least 2 credits; 50 hours per credit)
Practical work in this content area will develop a student’s knowledge of:
1. The roles and duties of different theatre artists and collaborators involved in a
production.
2. The elements of performance and of different theatre spaces and theatrical
styles.
3. The communication skills needed to work in the elements of performance such
as cooperation, collaboration, respect and responsibility.
4. Implementation of theory and physical practice in performance, design or
management of theatrical work.
5. Various production techniques.
Upon successfully completing this coursework, students will be able to:
1. Identify the roles and duties of different theatre artists involved in a production.
2. Understand the elements of performance and of different theatre spaces and
theatrical styles.
3. Work collaboratively within a theatrical production process with professional
decorum and respect.
4. Draw information from a written text to determine artistic and aesthetic choices
used to interpret and communicate the writer/creator's vision.
5. Identify and utilize specific tools and methods of theatrical actors, designers,
technicians or managers.
6. Apply imagination and personal aesthetic to the interpretation of a publicly
presented theatrical work.
4. Performance Competencies (3 credits)
Coursework in this content area will develop a student’s knowledge of:
1. The skills needed to work in the elements of performance such as cooperation,
respect, responsibility, and collaboration.
2. Use of the voice and body in performance.
3. Imagination and application of a specific approach to the art of acting
4. Performance skills and techniques
Upon successfully completing this coursework, students will be able to:
1. Work collaboratively with professional decorum and respect.
2. Identify and apply vocal and movement skills in order to communicate freely and
expressively.
3. Apply specific techniques and critiques in order to create an expressive
performance.
4. Use performance skills and techniques to create a performance or presentation
of a theatrical work, such as a monologue, scene, play, and/or other expressive
pieces.
5. Use the skills of observation, aesthetic and analysis to create an informed
critique of a theatrical work.
6. Engage with live theatre and theatre artists to experience and understand
theatre arts in practice.
5. Stagecraft Competencies (3 credits)
Coursework in this content area will develop a student’s knowledge of:
1. The safe use of common materials, fabrication tools, and theatrical equipment.
2. Common theatrical production techniques.
3. The elements of theatrical design as they apply to the concepts and meanings of
a script.
4. Various roles in a collaborative theatrical production and how to communicate
effectively within these roles.
Upon successfully completing this coursework, students will be able to:
1. Safely use common materials, fabrication tools, and theatrical equipment for the
desired effect of theatrical design.
2. Implement common theatrical production techniques.
3. Describe the elements of theatrical design as they apply to the concepts and
meanings of a script.
4. Identify the effectiveness of each member’s role in a collaborative theatrical
production.
5. Communicate effectively within a collaborative theatrical production.
6. Contribute to the overall outcome of theatrical production.
Theatre Transfer Pathway DRAFT
Major Specific Content Areas – REQUIRED
Theatre & Its Elements—3 credits
Text Analysis—3 credits
Practical Application—at least 2 credits
Transfer Criteria
Successful completion of all course(s)
addressing the required competencies
specified by the transfer pathway for
theatre. Student must obtain a grade of C
or better in each course.
Program Specific Content Areas Required
Performance—3 credits
Stagecraft—3 credits
Transfer Criteria
Theatre Electives—6 - 9 credits
Successful completion of courses such that
the total number of credits within the
discipline is no fewer than 20, which may
include either of the above courses.
Student must obtain a grade of C or better
in each course.
An Associate of Fine Arts degree in Theatre
Arts requires completion of the entire
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with a
minimum of 40 credits.
Required MnTC Courses *
Successful completion of at least 3 and no
more than 6 credits. Student must obtain a
grade of C or better in each course.

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