Drama - A.A. Degree

Take Center Stage or Work Behind the Scenes in ACC’s Drama Program

ACC’s Drama Department offers everything you need to begin a career in the performing arts. From acting, directing, lighting, sound, makeup, costume, set design, and special effects, ACC delivers it all.

As a Drama student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in any of the five plays ACC produces each theatre season. Past seasons have included plays, musicals, and children’s shows such as The Addams Family, A Christmas CarolThe Haunting of Hill House, Little Shop of Horrors, and many others.

Our strengths: ACC is the only community college in the area with a musical theatre degree; we offer valuable workshops and field trips; connections to internships and other networking opportunities; individual mentorship; work-study positions; and a strong support system and community.

Benefits of Drama Degree

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are professional stage actors in Houston; movie producers in L.A.; professional scenic charge artists; and IATSE stagehands in N.Y.C. They've continued their studies all over the world, including Canada and Germany. Immediately after graduating, our students have been hired as stagehands, designers, stage managers, and performers. Drama majors frequently also go into writing, design, arts administration, education, library sciences, technology and trade careers, public relations, law, psychology, marketing and sales, communication, engineering, and management.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for entertainment occupations is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, due to growth of the industry and the need to replace workers. 

For more information on career opportunities in Drama, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

Students in a scenic painting workshop Cast members in rehearsal

The ACC Drama Department is made up of educators who wish to prepare students for careers in the theatre industry and beyond by focusing on individual needs and career goals. Every student, due to small class sizes, gets to experience personalized instruction.  In addition, the Drama Department also works to give all students a well-rounded skillset in every area of theatre that will set them apart when transferring to four-year universities and make them job-ready as soon as they graduate.

Your journey through the Drama A.A. degree program will allow you to take core courses in mathematics, humanities, and the following drama/theatre courses:

  • Acting
  • Makeup
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Stagecraft
  • Voice for Theatre
  • Script Analysis
  • and more!

Drama, A.A. Degree

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs for the Drama or Musical Theatre A.A. Degree program including tuition and fees are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

 *Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.


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Drama is part of our Liberal Arts Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other Liberal Arts programs that may interest you.

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