Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) – Theatre

This track offers pre-professional training in stage and film performance which prepares you for a range of outcomes, including professional employment in theatre, film, or television; transfer into leading state and national college training programs; and an Associate in Fine Arts degree.

Credentialing Options

Optional Classes

Our departmental productions are open auditions to the students and the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC. During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822, option 3.

GTCC Theatre produces two main stage productions a year – one each semester. Auditions are posted within the first couple weeks of the semester, and we rotate the style of the play/musical to give our students varied production experiences. We also have second-stage performances that include short-form improvisation shows from our resident improv troupe Spontaneous, new play workshops, performances; and guest professional artists. 

GTCC Theatre hosted the first Triad Theatre League Theatre Festival that included performances from theatres and companies across the Triad on our High Point Campus.

GTCC Theatre is a proud member of The North Carolina Theatre Conference, N.C. Thespians, and the Triad Theatre League.

You can do a lot with this major. Theatre arts majors go on to successful careers in the arts, business, education, government, performance, technology, design, publishing, and much more.

You can transfer and continue to pursue either a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts), or choose to graduate with an Associate in Fine Arts and begin your career.

Job titles related to this major include:

  • Actor (stage, film, television)
  • Agent
  • Attorney
  • Business manager
  • Casting director
  • Costume designer
  • Consultant
  • Dialect coach
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Festival coordinator
  • Higher education professional
  • Lighting designer
  • Life coach
  • Makeup artist
  • Model
  • Performing artist
  • Producer
  • Public relations assistant
  • Puppeteer
  • Researcher
  • Set Designer
  • Singer
  • Sound designer
  • Stage manager
  • Talent agent
  • Teacher
  • Technical director
  • Theatre or film technician
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Writer or playwright

Theatre arts majors develop great skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. These skills include:

  • Performance and presentation skills (whether live or on camera)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Project management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Critical thinking skills

The Uniform Articulation Agreement focuses on seamless transfer for students who begin theatre studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities' Bachelor of Arts programs.