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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Theatre Arts

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

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

The Theatre Arts advisement area 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 Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at Finger Lakes Community College is designed for students who 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 who transfer from FLCC with an A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Theatre Arts degree 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: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

The Lively Arts Council Theatre Arts Scholarship is awarded to a freshmen Theatre Arts student. Other scholarships are available to returning and graduating students. For details, contact a member of the Theatre Arts faculty or the Financial Aid Office.

The Experience

Our students participate in a variety of productions throughout their two years at FLCC, including a main stage play each year, Children's Theatre Tour, Mime show, Acting scenes, 10-minute Play Festival, and Theatre Club sponsored productions.

Internships: Internships are available at Bristol Valley Playhouse in Naples, the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, and others.

Field Trips: Trips to a variety of locations are planned throughout the year. Past trips have included the Geva Theatre and Community Theatres, Rochester; Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Canada; Broadway Theatres, NBC and CNN Studios and Time Warner Communications, New York City; and ESPN Studios, Bristol, Connecticut

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have pursued baccalaureate degrees at SUNY Colleges at New Paltz, Fredonia, Brockport, Oswego, Purchase and Geneseo, Nazareth College of Rochester, Carnegie-Mellon University, SUNY University at Buffalo, Niagara University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and the University of Cincinnati.*

Careers: Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of careers including positions such as actor; director; stage manager; technician; production assistant; scene, lighting, costume or sound designer; company manager; properties manager; makeup artist; theatrical agent; theatre teacher; drama coach; theatre critic; voice-over speaker; screenwriter/scriptwriter; model; public relations professional; business manager; communication skills consultant for businesses, youth groups and schools; and elementary education teacher.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our 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 Faculty

Professors in the Theatre Arts program hold master's and doctorate degrees from such institutions as The University of Georgia and Indiana State University. They have also received additional certification in specialized areas such as mime and yoga. Our faculty members have extensive professional experience as directors, set and lighting designers, carpenters, stage managers, electricians and actors. Together, they have directed and designed more than sixty 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.