Communication Arts, A.A. - Theatre Option

This curriculum is designed for students who wish to continue academic study in the field of communication including, but not limited to, theatre, journalism, public relations, advertising, interpersonal communication, corporate communication and mass communication. The Communication Arts major at Delaware County Community College blends the theoretical with the practical. Students must choose an option within the major: theatre, journalism or communication studies.

All Communication Arts majors take courses required for the associate in arts degree as well as for the bachelor of arts degree from most transfer institutions.  In addition, students select specialized courses and related electives.  When selecting Communication Arts electives, the student should consult four-year transfer institution requirements. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Apply the basic theory and principles of human communication.
  • Communicate effectively using critical thinking and organization.
  • Describe the moral and ethical responsibilities inherent in the application of communication theory across a variety of contexts.
  • Gain an understanding of the general theory and practice of mass communication including explaining media forms.


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Program Options

Students will select from the following courses to meet the option requirement and prepare for a theatre degree in performance, design, direction, administration, or education.  Although these courses are oriented primarily toward stage performance, they apply to television and film as well.  Students enrolled in the theatre option, in order to graduate, will participate in at least one Delaware County Community College drama presentation.  Students select from the following courses to meet the Theatre Option requirements: 12 credits

DRA 100 Introduction to Theatre (Required)
DRA 110 Acting I (Required)
DRA 111 Acting II
DRA 105 Acting Shakespeare
DRA 113 Introduction to Educational Theatre
DRA 116 Stagecraft
DRA 130 Voice and Management
ENG 222 Introduction to Shakespeare
HUM 141 Film Language
HUM 142 American Cinema
MUS 127 Survey of American Musical

Students may also select from the above courses to meet humanities and open elective requirements




Required CoursesCredits
ENG 100 - Composition I3
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
COMM 100 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 104 - Introduction to Mass Communication3
MAT 100 - Intermediate Algebra3
Program ElectivesCredits

HIS Electives: Choose two from : HIS 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 and 160 - 6 credits

MAT 100, 120 or above - 3-4 credits

Social Science Electives: 6 credits


Total Credits: 60-66


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