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Theater Arts

Students studying Theater Arts at West get hands-on opportunities to act, direct, write, and create costumes, props and sets.

The Associate of Arts degree in Theater offers students coursework that aligns with specific lower-division major requirements at various universities within the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. Students interested in transferring to a four-year university with a major in Theater are encouraged to visit the Transfer Center for complete information regarding transfer requirements for the institution of their choice.

Suggested course of study for Theater Arts majors (in conjunction with other AA degree requirements):

Semesters Year One Year Two
Fall Semester
  • Theater 110 - History of World Theater OR
  • Theater 100 - Intro to Theater
  • Theater 270 - Beginning Acting
  • Theater 114 - Script Analysis
  • Dance Techniques 111 - Ballet Techniques 1
Spring Semester
  • Theater 231 OR Theater 232 OR Theater 233 - Play Production
  • Theater 271 - Intermediate Acting
Theater 305 - Introduction to Design for the Theater

Other Theater Courses Offered (but not required for the degree)

  • Theater 130 - Playwriting
  • Theater 200 - Introduction to Acting
  • Theater 265 - Movement for the Theater
  • Theater 278 - Acting for Film and Television

Program Offered


Office Location

Blackbox Theater
HLRC 115 (HLRC 1st floor, opposite of entrance to Library)


Elise Forier Edie
Email: @email
Phone: (310) 287-4565