Technical Theatre Practicum AA

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Technical Theatre Practicum AA program provides hands-on training in theatre craftsmanship and technology through a unique partnership with GREAT Theatre. This program will start Fall Semester 2023, with 8 students accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to explore and develop skills in the specific areas of stage management, scenic building, properties, costumes, lighting, and/or sound, which opens up a world of opportunities career-wise. Students will attend classes at SCTCC and participate in practicum hours with GREAT Theatre working backstage and in shops alongside theatre professionals to gain vital hands-on applied experience.

Graduates of the Technical Theatre Practicum AA program will leave SCTCC with options for careers and continuing education. The real-world experience and practical training students receive will prepare them to enter the arts and entertainment industry in a variety of areas or to continue on to a four-year degree program in technical theatre or another area of study.

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Technical Theatre Practicum AA degree at SCTCC, you’ll save money on your generals before transferring to get your bachelor's degree. By getting your general classes done at SCTCC, you'll have a good foundation when you are ready to transfer. Or if you would rather enter the workforce directly, the Technical Theatre Practicum Program will provide that solid foundation for employment in multiple industries.

At SCTCC, we equip our students with the skills necessary to succeed in their future career or education paths. Students in our Technical Theatre Practicum AA Program will enhance their technical abilities related to specific disciplines, build performance and presentation skills, increase capacity to work under pressure, and develop project management, time management, collaboration, and leadership skills. Additionally, students will gain practical knowledge and experience related to technical theatre operations and functions of shop spaces, backstage areas, and theatre technology.

Upon graduation, students will have grown stronger verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work individually and collaboratively, and strengthened creative problem-solving skills. With a degree from SCTCC, our graduates develop listening, clarifying, questioning, responding, creative, and critical thinking skills, which are necessary in all career paths.

Quick Glance

  • Technical skills related to specific disciplines (scenic, properties,costumes, lighting, sound, stage management)
  • Practical experience by working side by side with industry professionals in a hands-on environment
  • Technical theatre technology, backstage, and shop operations and functions
  • Performance and presentation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and time management skills
  • Project management skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Critical thinking skills

A Technical Theatre Practicum AA degree from SCTCC is highly applicable to a variety of careers paths in arts and entertainment. Graduates have the ability to choose what area they want to pursue after obtaining their degree.

Positions include technician roles in lighting/electrical, sound, props, wardrobe, stage carpenter, touring or grip technician. Additional job opportunities include scenic painter or builder, stage manager, and a variety of other production and stagehand roles. Concert arenas, auditoriums, convention centers, hotels/casinos, amusement parks, clubs, television and film studios, and theaters are all arts and entertainment venues seeking employees of this nature.

Quick Glance

Potential Positions:

  • Lighting/Electrical Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Props Technician
  • Wardrobe Technician
  • Scenic Painter
  • Scenic Builder
  • Stage Carpenter/Technician
  • Stagehand
  • Stage Manager
  • Grip or Touring Technician

Potential Employers/Venues:

  • Concert arenas
  • Auditoriums
  • Convention centers
  • Film/TV companies
  • Hotels/Casinos
  • Amusement parks
  • Clubs
  • Theaters

Students who receive their AA from SCTCC have the opportunity to transfer their degree to any one of the seven Minnesota State universities.

Students can choose from Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, and Winona State University.

With so many potential options, our students are certain to find a program that fits their educational needs.

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Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about this program and being a student at SCTCC? Join us for an info session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
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  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

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