The Pierce College Theatre curriculum is designed to give majors a thorough exposure to all aspects of the theatre arts. Each student works closely with the faculty to plan course work which will transfer to a four-year college. Students enroll in a broadly-based curriculum that includes composition, communication, and quantitative course work. Transfer students from the theatre program usually do well in a university setting because of the broad general education they receive at Pierce College. Therefore, it is the philosophy of this department to offer a sequential program in which the student can emphasize "backstage" as well as "on stage" courses. To complete both the acting sequence and the technical theatre sequence at Pierce College, the student will need to earn at least 105 credits. Theatre graduates make valuable employees in any field. Meeting deadlines, working closely with associates, developing and implementing projects, performing under pressure, and developing creative problem solving strategies are work skills Theatre students use daily. The Pierce College theatre experience can be the beginning of a lifelong interest in the art of theatre.
Students in the Pierce College Theatre program collaborate with other classes across the Theatre curriculum. Students in the acting classes act in the digital videos produced by the digital film making classes. Digital film production/technical theatre students serve as the production crews for these same films. Students in English write film scripts to be used for the digital films. Film subject matter includes all campus and community life, from dental hygiene to oceanography, from Pierce College basketball to early childhood education. Films that focus on community needs and community awareness are particularly encouraged. Digital film production at Pierce College Theatre is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with fellow theatre/film students, other departments and programs, the campus community, and the greater Pierce County area.