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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Theatre Arts

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment outlook for actors, directors, designers, technicians, and producers is expected to grow through 2020. Cable television, movie rentals, and television syndication will fuel a growing demand for productions. Opportunities in live theatre continue to grow throughout the country.

The theatre arts program at Finger Lakes Community College prepares you to become a skilled professional with technical production, acting, communication, and video production experience.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The A.A. degree with an advisement area in theatre arts is designed for you if you intend to transfer to pursue a baccalaureate degree, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities.

Students transferring from FLCC with an A.A. degree in theatre arts pursue programs such as:

  • B.A. in Theatre
  • B.F.A. in Performance or Production
  • Conservatory Training Programs

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Experience

As a theatre arts major, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions including:

  • Annual Main Stage Plays
  • Children's Theatre Tour
  • Mime Show
  • Acting Scenes
  • 10-minute Play Festival
  • Theatre Club Sponsored Productions

Internships: Opportunities for internships are available with organizations such as Bristol Valley Playhouse in Naples, NY and the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY.

Field Trips: Trips to a variety of locations are planned throughout the year. Past trips have included:

  • Geva Theatre Center
  • Rochester Community Theatres
  • Stratford and Shaw Festivals in Canada
  • Broadway Theatres
  • NBC and CNN Studios
  • Time Warner Communications
  • ESPN Studios

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have pursued baccalaureate degrees at institutions* such as:

  • SUNY Colleges at Buffalo, New Paltz, Fredonia, Brockport, Oswego, Purchase, and Geneseo
  • Nazareth College
  • Niagara University
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy
  • The University of Cincinnati

Careers: Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of careers including positions such as:

  • Stage, Company, Property, or Business Manager
  • Scene, Lighting, Costume or Sound Designer
  • Actor, Director, Technician, Production Assistant, Makeup Artist
  • Theatrical Agent, Theatre Teacher, Drama Coach
  • Theatre Critic, Voice-Over Speaker, Screenwriter/Scriptwriter, Model
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Communication Skills Consultant for Businesses
  • Elementary Education Teacher

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a theatre arts major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Diane Fitzmaurice Memorial
  • Dr. Charles J. Meder Scholarship for the Arts
  • John M. Meuser Memorial

For information on these scholarships, contact the visual and performing arts department or financial aid office.

The Faculty

Professors in the theatre arts program hold masters and doctoral degrees from institutions such as The University of Georgia and Indiana State University. They have also received additional certification in specialized areas such as mime and yoga. The faculty members in the program have extensive professional experience as directors, set and lighting designers, carpenters, stage managers, electricians and actors. Together, they have directed and designed more than 60 productions. They have been conference presenters and judges for various theatrical and oratorical events, and organizational members of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and the Theatre Association of New York State.