Setting the Scene for Success: Careers in Theatre Arts
Some of us are all about being center-stage. Others are more into the “behind-the-scenes” thing. But when it comes to a creative career with a future-built paycheck, we can all get in on the act.
Irvine Valley College’s Theatre Arts program is proud to offer versatile pathways to employment in the thriving Los Angeles/Orange County theater industry. Our proximity to this premier entertainment hub ensures not only a top-notch, industry-tested cast list of instructors, but also a steady classroom-to-career pipeline to real-world opportunities.
All students, regardless of emphasis, take classes in both acting and the technical aspects of theatre. By participating in student productions, Theatre Arts majors garner live, on-stage experience in all aspects of theater, from music, to directing, makeup, stage tech, costume design and more.
IVC’s Theatre Arts department stages four to five shows per year – typically one musical and one play per semester. Student opportunities include acting, designing and constructing sets and costumes, and assisting backstage as stagehands, dressers, makeup technicians, lighting operators, and audio/video technicians. All community members are invited to audition for productions and participate as backstage crew.
Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Theatre Arts? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!
What You Need to Know
What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career!
Associate in Arts Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field in order to enter a specific profession or to prepare for further education at a technical or trade school, or a 4-year college or university.
IVC Offers AA Degrees in:
Associate in Arts for Transfer Degrees
Like the AA, these degrees give students an in-depth understanding of a particular field but differ in that they are specifically designed to help students transfer seamlessly to a 4-year California State University where they can complete a bachelor’s degree.
IVC Offers an AA-T in:
Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Achievement are state-approved certificates that acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness in a particular field. In many cases, the courses that comprise a certificate of achievement are the same as those required for an associate degree, minus the General Education courses.
IVC Offers COA in:
Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible.
IVC Offers COPs in:
Assistant Stage Manager
Live Entertainment Technician
Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Theatre Arts.
Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. For information on how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable, visit IVC’s Financial Aid Office.
School of the Arts
Department Offices: 949-451-5650
Technical Director/Scenic Director
Theater Production Manager
IVC Theatre Arts graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.
Actors = $33,581
Set and Exhibit Designers = $49,267
Producers/Directors = $91,757
Choreographers = $49,363
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance = $60,614
Costume Attendants = $39,014
Average Salary In This Field
$91,757 Per Year
Producer / Director
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