The Associate in Fine Arts - Drama degree program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in theatre.

What You Will Learn

The Associate in Fine Arts (A. F. A.) degree ensures you can transfer to a four-year institution having already fulfilled general education and major-specific course requirements. The program prepares you to audition for admission into a four year institution and for work in the theatre job market. You will take courses at the freshman and sophomore level in the field of theatre. You will study performance on stage and before the camera and develop skills for behind the scenes.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The Uniform Articulation Agreement ensures that your foundation-level course credits will transfer seamlessly to any UNC institution and many independent institutions — meaning you can enter a four-year, public college as a junior. Many students choose this path in order to not incur a lot of student debt. That's because at Central Piedmont, you can save more than $38,000 in tuition over two years, compared to many four-year schools.

With the Career & College Promise dual enrollment drama/theatre pathway, you can start studying drama while you're still in high school — graduate high school having already completed some of the requirements of a four-year drama degree.

Drama students transfer to institutions across the state, the region, and the nation. You will have opportunities to perform on stage in a variety of performance venues. The drama department is proud to be the home of the Central Piedmont Summer Theatre, where you have the opportunity to work with professional actors, designers, directors, and technicians in an intensive production process that creates five shows in nine weeks. Visit the drama/theatre blog to learn more.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Drama at Central Piedmont

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Fine Arts - drama. The college catalog details program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. The school you transfer to will determine how your courses will transfer.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer general education course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Requirements

    For detailed information on Associate in Fine Arts - drama/theatre course requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog. Familiarize yourself with the requirements of the school you want to transfer to when selecting your elective credits, as program requirements can vary from school to school.

  • Available Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

    For detailed information on drama/theatre courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog. Course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

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  • Costs and Aid

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