Associate of Arts - Fine Arts - Musical Theater Emphasis

Location: RDMT 334U
Phone: 775-673-7183
Fax: 775-674-7983

This program is developed to provide the student with a well-rounded, intermediate level education of the universal language and art form of musical theater. The student will be introduced to and developed in the various areas of musical theater including historical study, appreciation, musical theater styles, vocal techniques, acting, dance and performance. The program will include repeated practical application in the rehearsal and preparation areas for public performance and presentation.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate competency in specific practical musical and theatrical skills, including voice, song, dance, acting, theatre production, and special projects.
  • Demonstrate competence in skills relating to the knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of musical theater which is necessary to forward musical theater as an art form.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Theater: a Cultural Context
Introduction to Acting I
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Additional College Requirements
Theater: a Cultural Context 2
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change 2
Degree Requirements
MUSA 147Voice for Musical Theater Major-Lower Division2
THTR 116Dance Styles: Musical Theater (or 2 units of approved Dance courses)2
THTR 175Introduction to Musical Theater Literature3
THTR 176Musical Theater Workshop I1
THTR 204Theater Technology I3
THTR 276Musical Theater Workshop II1
Select a total of 10 units from the following THTR, MUS, and DAN categories.
Select 3 units from the following theater courses:3
Introduction to Acting II
Theater Workshop: Acting III
Laboratory Theater: Acting IV
Select 3 units from the following music courses:3
Piano Class I
Piano Class II
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Select 4 units from the following dance courses:4
Dance Appreciation
Jazz Dance (Beginning)
Jazz Dance (Beginning/Intermediate)
Ballet, Beginning
Ballet, Beginning/Intermediate
Modern Dance, Beginning
Modern Dance, Beginning/Intermediate
Tap Dance (Beginning)
Intermediate Tap Dance
Jazz Dance (Intermediate)
Ballet (Intermediate)
Ballet (Intermediate/Advanced)
Modern Dance Intermediate
Modern Dance, Intermediate/Advanced
Tap Dance (Intermediate)
Dance Performance
Concert Dance Company
Independent Study: Dance
Elective Requirements 30-17
Introduction to Theater
Fundamentals of Directing
Musical Theater Workshop I
Cinema as Art and Communication
Voice for Musical Theater Major-Lower Division
Special Topics in Theater
Laboratory Theater: Acting IV
Theater Experience and Travel
Musical Theater Workshop II
Internship in Speech and Theater
Independent Study: Theater
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


Students transferring to UNR should consult with an advisor regarding elective course selection.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Foreign Language 6 4
Mathematics 4 3
THTR 175 Introduction to Musical Theater Literature 3
THTR 204 Theater Technology I 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
Emphasis (DAN) 5 1
Foreign Language 6 4
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
MUSA 147 Voice for Musical Theater Major-Lower Division 1
THTR 105 Introduction to Acting I 3
THTR 116 Dance Styles: Musical Theater (or 1 unit of approved DAN course) 1
THTR 210 Theater: a Cultural Context 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4 3
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
Emphasis (MUS) 5 3
MUSA 147 Voice for Musical Theater Major-Lower Division 1
THTR 116 Dance Styles: Musical Theater (or 1 unit of approved DAN course) 5 1
THTR 176 Musical Theater Workshop I 1
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Emphasis (DAN) 5 3
Emphasis (THTR) 5 3
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
THTR 276 Musical Theater Workshop II 1
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60