Associate in Science
The mission for the Associate in Science in Theatre and Entertainment Technology is to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to embark on careers in the entertainment industry as professional stage hands, stage carpenters, stage electricians, audio technicians, or technical directors. This program is based on a core curriculum of general education courses, basic theatre technology courses, and advanced specialized technical courses. Hands-on learning takes place in both a classroom setting and in live production situations to provide students with the principles and practices required for employment in this rapidly expanding and high-tech industry.
The Theatre and Entertainment Technology program develops the knowledge and skills necessary for students to embark on careers as professional stage hands, stage carpenters, stage electricians, audio technicians, or technical directors. Emphasis in this specialized program is on production. Many hours are required in the operation of the theatre plant and the construction of scenery, properties, and lighting of theatrical events. Students will be actively involved in the production of numerous music, dance, and theatre events in the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on South Campus.
This program comprises basic theatre technology, general education, and advanced specialized technical courses. Hands-on learning takes place in both a classroom setting and in live production situations to provide students with the principles and practices required for employment in the rapidly expanding and high-tech entertainment industry.
A technical certificate, Stage Technology (6210) (T.C.) , is included as an option within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.
We are the official apprentice program for the local International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). You may intern on professional productions during your second year in venues such as the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Metropolitan Park, the Times-Union Performing Arts Center, or the Florida Theatre.
Some technicians are permanently employed by repertory companies, cruise ships, and churches; however, most freelance for touring companies, concerts, conventions, circuses, trade shows, and major events such as the PGA Tour and the Super Bowl. Every day is different.
Upon completion of this program, students may apply to take the examination for membership into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the professional union representing backstage personnel. For more information about IATSE, visit iatse-intl.org.
Need More Information? Contact:
Johnny Pettegrew, South Campus, (904) 646-2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org