Transfer Degree

Drama and Speech Emphasis, Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Area of Study
Arts and Communication

Overview 

Complete your Associate in Arts Degree, Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) while exploring your love of drama.  

Sample Career Options  

  • Actor
  • Art director
  • Director
  • Media influencer
  • Screenwriter

Transfer and Degree Requirements  

Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further study are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and transfer institution to explore the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Peninsula. Most institutions have separate admission criteria, which may be based on grades, prerequisite coursework, test scores, and other considerations. Our sample schedule is designed to provide you with faculty recommended courses to complete your AA-DTA degree with an emphasis in drama and speech, but is not a major ready pathway.  

Transfer Institution Information 

Students must select credits from three distribution lists: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement. A minimum of fifteen credits in two separate subject areas must be selected from each list. For Natural Sciences, at least five credits must be a lab. For Humanities, no more than five credits can be a Humanities-Performance course and no more than five credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are listed on the Area of Study webpage.

Sample Schedule  

This sample schedule is provided as a guide for a full-time student starting in fall quarter whose goal is to earn the AA-DTA. The courses are designed with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and are organized in a recommended sequence. Please consult an advisor to schedule courses and develop a personalized educational plan.  

      Your personal educational plan will vary based on many factors including:  

  • The quarter you begin
  • How many classes/credits you plan to take in each quarter
  • Your math and English placement
  • If you have credits you have already taken and plan to transfer them
  • The college you are interested in transferring to
  • If you start in our Transitional Studies program

First Quarter

Meet with your advisor to talk about your long-term schedule, taking into account your transfer plans.

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

This course provides support, develops positive connections, and opens learning opportunities to help students identify and pursue their academic and career goals. Through a process of self-discovery, students cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves that highlights their unique strengths and identifies areas for growth. Students will also learn how to navigate college systems and understand its specialized vocabulary and procedures. Throughout, this course reassures students of all backgrounds and abilities that they belong. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

Introduction to history, art, and craft of theater. Plays are read and discussed. Play production is studied from the viewpoints of the playwright, actor, director, and theater technicians. Attendance at current community theater production is desirable. ENGL& 101 highly recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities, Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

Active reading, effective writing, and critical thinking, using subjective and objective approaches. Introduction to research techniques. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Communication Skills)

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

Second Quarter

It's not too soon to explore transfer options. Make a transfer appointment

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

Reading and writing using analytical and critical approaches. One or more research papers. Builds on concepts introduced in ENGL& 101. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Communication Skills)

Credits: 5

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5

Acting I is an introduction to craft: the balance of external technique and internal elements in order to create a flexible but consistent process that can be used to create believable characters in a variety of settings. The class is a combination of theory and practice. Students are exposed to major post-Stanislavkian acting theories that are applied in scene and partner work. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities-Performance, Elective)

Credits: 5

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5

A study of a variety of mathematical topics for non-science majors. The topics covered may differ between sections, but may include problem solving strategies, logic, set theory, number theory, mathematics of finance, probability and statistics, or geometry. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences, Elective)

Credits: 5

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Sub-Total Credits
15

MATH& 107 and ENGL& 102 learning community courses are recommended.

Third Quarter

Check your educational plan to make sure you're on track to graduate.

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

Explores classic and modern elements of persuasion and applies that understanding to assemble, deliver, and evaluate extemporaneous speeches. Eligibility for or concurrent enrollment in ENGL& 101 is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities, Elective)

Credits: 5

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Drama and Speech Elective  +

Consider Drama, Literature,

Film or Media

5
Natural Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Natural Sciences + Complete a lab course such as Marine Biology (BIOL 150), Introduction to Botany (BOT 101), or Survey of Biology (BIOL& 100).

Fourth Quarter

Meet your educational and career planner to explore universities.

Catalog #
Title
Credits
Humanities  +
5
Natural Sciences  +
5
Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Humanities + Take English (ENGL&) or Film (FILM). This course cannot be a Humanities-Performance course.
Natural Sciences + Choose a course in another subject area.
Social Sciences + Consider Survey of Anthropology (ANTH& 100), General Psychology (PSYC& 100), or Sociology (SOC&).

Fifth Quarter

Apply to graduate! You're just two quarters away...keep it up!

Catalog #
Title
Credits
5

Interpersonal communication theory and practice is explored in this class in regards to both dyad and group settings. Communications process is explored through analysis of several areas, including: perception, listening, self disclosure, speech apprehension, ethics, nonverbal communication, conflict, power, and dysfunctional communication relationships. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities, Elective)

Credits: 5

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Natural Sciences  +
5
Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Natural Sciences + Take a course in a third subject area.
Social Sciences + Consider Survey of Anthropology (ANTH& 100), General Psychology (PSYC& 100) or Sociology (SOC&).

Sixth Quarter

You're almost done! Good luck on your final quarter!

Catalog #
Title
Credits
Drama and Speech Elective  +

Consider Drama, Literature,

Film or Media

5
Drama and Speech Elective  +

Consider Drama, Literature,

Film or Media

5
Social Sciences  +
5
Sub-Total Credits
15

Social Sciences + Consider Survey of Anthropology (ANTH& 100), General Psychology (PSYC& 100) or Sociology (SOC&).

Total Credits
90