Queensborough Community College offers an Associate in Arts Degree in Fine and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre Arts. Students may also opt to complete an interdisciplinary tract combining Theatre with Art, Music or Dance. Serving a richly diverse population of students, the program affords a variety of performance opportunities. The program performs a minimum of two shows each semester, presenting in a newly renovated 600 seat proscenium house and a 135 seat black-box theatre.
Additionally, the campus hosts a Professional Performing Arts Series which employs students; allowing majors to gain valuable experience in the professional arena. The campus' proximity to major theatrical companies also provides a wealth of internship opportunities. Guest actors and designers collaborate with our faculty of professional artists to create an intensive introduction to the crafts of theater.
Students complete a maximum of 27 credits within their area of concentration. Courses offered by the department include: Acting I, Acting II, Actors' Workshop I, Actors' Workshop II, Rehearsal and Performance, Introduction to Theatre, Voice and Diction, Theatre Production, Theatre Production II, Technical Theatre Production I, Technical Theatre I Production II, Oral Performance, Speech Communication, Summer Theatre Workshop, American Film History I, American Film History II, Contemporary Cinema and Television, Introduction to Radio and Television Broadcasting and Cooperative Education in Speech, Theatre, and Media Communication.
Advanced students may opt to intern with professional theatres for credit. The department also has a student run Drama Society and is active in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
A state-of-the-art digital design lab has just been opened for the purpose of instructing students in scenic and lighting design using 3-D modeling software.
The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts offers state of the art software in the Digital Design Lab for Stage and Film that will attract students from a cross section of the community. This greatly affects pedagogy because the school serves a variety of potential students: the professional individual looking to improve upon skills in their particular field, individuals interested in a new discipline, and the general student on their path through their education. To bring these people together with their various backgrounds provides one of the strongest bases for actualizing student growth in the performing arts.
* Computers are supported by Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
* QCC is among the few schools that house a digital design lab for the performing arts.