About the Theatre Arts Program

Since the 1950s, Santa Monica College has developed a far reaching reputation for producing top talent across Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre--from the stage to the silver screen and beyond. With easy access to Hollywood and Burbank, you are sure to thrive as you build creative and technical skills.

Our students have been accepted at NYU, Columbia University, and other prestigious institutions nationally and abroad. Eight of our students were accepted to Juilliard with 2 waitlisted over 8 consecutive years--with only 20 acceptances nationwide per year.

As a performance student, you will study a range of acting styles, from Modern Realism and Shakespeare to Greek, Commedia Del l’Arte, Comedy of Manners, Brecht, Beckett and more. We offer comprehensive training in Musical Theatre performance and coach you in Voice and Stage Movement to provide you with well-rounded skills.

Theatre Arts

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Arts More information on the Associate in Arts Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer Icon Associate in Arts - Transfer More information on the Associate in Arts - Transfer

Prepare yourself to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU).

If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AS-T.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Associate in Arts Degree - Theatre Associates in Arts Degree

22 units + General Education Requirements

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to evaluate and appreciate a theatrical performance by recognizing the inherent components that go into creating theatre, including the research involved, the collaboration among designers and directors, the rehearsal process and the technical skills involved in making a play come to life. In addition, students will hone performance, design, analytical or technical skills leading to performance in the capacity of at least one of the following: Actor, Director, Stage Manager, Set/Light/Sound/Costume/Make-Up Designer, Stage Technician, Reviewer, Educated Audience Member.

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Associate in Arts for Transfer - Theatre Arts

24 units + General Education Requirements

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to evaluate and appreciate a theatrical performance by recognizing the inherent components that go into creating theatre, including the research involved, the collaboration among designers and directors, the rehearsal process and the technical skills involved in making a play come to life.

In addition, students will hone performance, design, analytical or technical skills leading to performance in the capacity of at least one of the following: Actor, Director, Stage Manager, Set/ Light/ Sound/ Costume/ Make-Up Designer, Stage Technician, Reviewer, Educated Audience Member.

This AS-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AS-T in Business Administration.

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SMC Resources

Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Fashion Designers Associate Degree $67,528
Set and Exhibit Designers Bachelor's Degree $53,615
Actors High School Diploma $25,912
Producers Bachelor's Degree $96,560
Directors - Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio Bachelor's Degree $96,560
Program Directors Bachelor's Degree $96,560
Talent Directors Bachelor's Degree $96,560
Technical Directors/Managers Bachelor's Degree $96,560
Dancers Bachelor's Degree $34,409
Choreographers Bachelor's Degree $42,834
Singers High School Diploma $46,789
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers Bachelor's Degree $52,227
Sound Engineering Technicians High School Diploma $67,864
Costume Attendants High School Diploma $45,929
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Certificate $66,591