Performing Arts Department


Chair: John Hanecak
Coordinators: Performing Arts
Communication Studies Shannon Padilla
Drama Beth McBrien
Film and Broadcast Communication Arts Ken White
Division: Applied and Fine Arts
Directory: Performing arts faculty and staff

Possible career opportunities in drama

Most careers related to theater require education beyond the associate degree, however, an understanding and mastery of technical theater skills provides come preparation for work in local community and professional theater. Possible career options include: set designer, model builder, set carpenter, set painter, stage technician, sound technician, prop maker, and light operator.


Possible career opportunities in film and broadcast communication arts

Students majoring in broadcast communication arts (BCA) enter broadcasting, cable, online media, and related industries. They can pursue graduate degrees in the field of mass or electronic communication for work in audio and video production, web development, radio and television, cable television, and media departments of agencies, institutions, and businesses.

The study of film prepares students for careers in the entertainment industry, law, business, and education, or for further education at the graduate or professional level. Career options include: feature film editors, executives in video distribution companies, technicians for local news programs, and independent filmmakers. Other occupations include: cinematographer, movie and stage grip, technical writer, playwright, screenwriter, author, producer, editor, rigger, camera operator, and film laboratory technician. Some careers may require more than two years of study.


Possible career opportunities in speech

The scope of employment opportunities for speech majors includes: marketing, public relations, sales training and management. Careers related to speech communication that may require an undergraduate degree and/or further training include: salesperson, broadcaster, customer service representative, debate coach, disc jockey, hotel hospitality representative, speech teacher, lawyer, human resource recruiter, tour guide, political campaign worker, and public relations specialist.

Associate degree and certificate program information

Degrees and certificates offered by the Performing Arts Department

Associate in arts degree

  • Broadcast communication arts (BCA)
  • Communication studies for transfer (COMM)
  • Technical theater (DRAMA)


Certificates of achievement

  • Broadcast communication arts (BCA)
  • Communication studies (COMM)
  • Technical theater (DRAMA)


Certificate of accomplishment

  •  Broadcast communication arts (BCA)


Performing Arts Department Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


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