As an inherently interdisciplinary liberal arts program, the Theatre Arts degree evidences the reading, writing, speaking, and research skills sought by prospective employers and professional schools. Many theatre arts majors are successful in law school, mass communications, public relations, and other fields. Various degree programs are available.
The theatre program offers academic study and hands-on learning in the areas of acting, directing, production, costuming, set design and construction, sound, lights, theatre management, children's theatre, playwriting, movement and voice for actors, theatre history, and dramaturgy. By actively participating in all facets of theatre production, students develop performance, technical and analytical skills. The department produces a variety of theatrical events each semester.
The mission of the Piedmont College Theatre Department is to provide rigorous academic training for students in both performance and technical theatre, to provide audiences with quality productions of the highest caliber, to explore the full range of theatrical offerings from the classical to the contemporary, and to foster professionalism, creativity, and camaraderie. The theatre department performs its shows in the Swanson Center Mainstage Theater, Swanson Center Black Box Theater and at the Arrendale Amphitheatre.
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
This program offers academic study and hands-on learning in the areas of acting, directing, production, costuming, set design and construction, sound, lights, theatre management, children's theatre, playwriting, movement and voice for actors, theatre history, and dramaturgy. By actively participating in all facets of theatre production, students develop performance, technical and analytical skills. The department produces a variety of theatrical events each semester.
Bachelor of Arts in Drama Education
This program provides courses leading to certification in Theater at the K-12 level. Courses and program requirements include classroom instruction as well as hands-on learning in theater production and theory, academic preparation in theatre, and experiential learning opportunities in pedagogy. Students must pass appropriate PRAXIS Exams and submit a Theater Portfolio to fulfill certification requirements. Many graduate schools offer theatre arts as an academic or professional area of study.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Administration
This program is designed to develop skills, aesthetic sensitivity and technical knowledge in the fine arts, as well as build practical managerial expertise in the areas of production, marketing, presentation and business in arts organizations. Students take courses in business, art, music and theatre, and gain direct career related experience through an internship program placing them in various art galleries, civic and professional theatres, and music venues. Experiences in studio art, music performance, and theatrical design, acting, and directing are an integral part of the program.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre
This program is designed to provide students who have career aspirations in musical theatre with training and experiences in singing, music skills, acting, dancing, directing, and professional practices. The professional actor training program combines the study of history, theory and analysis of music and theatre with practical production experience both on stage and back stage.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Design & Technical Theatre
The Bachelor of Arts in Design and Technical Theatre is designed for the student who wishes to become a professional designer within the theatre industry or who wishes to progress to graduate school in theatrical design.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre for Youth
The Bachelor of Arts in Theater for Youth provides courses leading to either a career within the theatre for youth field or on to a graduate program focused on Theatre for Youth.