Course Descriptions

Performing Arts - PA
Course Classification

Courses numbered 1-49 — are baccalaureate level (transfer) courses. Courses thus numbered are transferable to four- year institutions. Agriculture courses are designed to parallel the work taught in similar courses at California Polytechnic State University or at California State University, Fresno but may not carry the same number.

Courses numbered 50-99 — are associate degree level courses. Courses thus numbered are primarily for the student who does not plan to continue his/her education beyond the community college level; however, occupational education courses may transfer according to articulation agreements. Complete information on articulation is available through the Counseling Center.

Courses Numbered 100-201 — are non-transfer and are non-degree applicable; they are skill building or remedial.

Abbreviations for Degree, Non-Degree, and Transfer Courses

The following abbreviations designate degree applicable, transfer, and non-degree applicable courses:
(AA) Associate Degree
(CSU) Transferable to California State University System
(UC) Transferable to University of California System
(NDA) Non-Degree Applicable

  • PA-003
  • Film Appreciation
  • Credit(s) 3

Film Appreciation
PA 003 looks at the cinema as a 20th century art form. Students will view historically and artistically significant films in class and learn how to critique them. Students will also develop an understanding of both the artistic and technical aspects of film as well as the business and politics of the film industry.

Class Hours:
54 Lecture
Transfers to:
  • PA-022
  • Theater Workshop
  • Credit(s) 4

Theater Workshop
PA 022 is the presentation of a full length production before a public audience. Students will learn work readiness skills integrated as a part of the intense disciplined rehearsal process of a dramatic production. Students will specialize in either acting, technical theatre, design, costumes or public relations while working with the director and designers to create a production/performance team. This course is only offered during the summer.

Class Hours:
36 Lecture | 108 Laboratory
Transfers to:
  • PA-023
  • Chicano Theater
  • Credit(s) 3

Chicano Theater
PA 023 is a form of theatre which expresses the culture and identity of the Chicano through development of self expression. This course will give the student a basic introduction to the working ideology and methodology of El Teatro Campesino. PA 23 will introduce the student to some acting techniques and Chicano/Latino dramatic works. The course will also illustrate the present reality of the Chicano way of life throughout the stage production.

Class Hours:
36 Lecture | 54 Laboratory
Transfers to:
  • PA-025
  • Theater Dance
  • Credit(s) 1

Theater Dance
PA 025 provides instruction in basic modern, jazz and folkloric dance techniques for the performing arts.

Class Hours:
9 Lecture | 27 Laboratory
Transfers to: