Associate In Fine Arts (AFA) – Theatre

This track offers pre-professional training in stage and film performance which prepares you for a range of outcomes including professional employment in theatre, film or television, transfer into leading state and national college training programs, and the awarding of an Associate of Fine Arts Degree.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

The Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of college transfer courses.

Optional Classes

Both Tracks include electives which allow you to gain exposure to performance or technical classes outside of your chosen track. Our departmental productions are open auditions to the students and the community.

G2: Starting Fall 2018 incoming AFA Theatre students have the option of dual enrollment at both GTCC THEATRE and UNCG THEATRE. Speak with an advisor to hear more about this exciting partnership!

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here,  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.


Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Select option 3.

GTCC Theatre produces two main stage productions a year, one each semester. Auditions are posted within the first couple weeks of the semester and we rotate style of play/musical to give our students varied production experiences. We also have second stage performances that include short-form improvisation shows from our resident improv troupe Spontaneous, staged readings with Triad Stage’s educational initiatives, new play workshops and performances as well as guest professional artists. 

GTCC Theatre also has hosted the first Triad Theatre League Theatre Festival which included performances from theatres and companies across the Triad on our High Point Campus.

GTCC Theatre is a proud member of The North Carolina Theatre Conference, NC Thespians and the Triad Theatre League.

You can do a lot with this major! Theatre Arts majors go on to successful careers in the arts, business, education, government, performance, technology, design, publishing, and much more.

Students may transfer and continue to pursue either a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) or B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or choose to graduate with the AFA and begin their career.

Job titles related to this major include:

  • Actor (Stage, Film, Television)
  • Agent
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Consultant
  • Dialect Coach
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Festival Coordinator
  • Higher Education Professional
  • Lighting Designer
  • Life Coach
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Model
  • Performing Artist
  • Producer
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Puppeteer
  • Researcher
  • Set Designer
  • Singer
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent Agent
  • Teacher
  • Technical Director
  • Theatre or Film Technician
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Writer / Playwright

Theatre Arts majors develop great skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. These skills include:

  • Performance and presentation skills (whether live or on camera)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Project management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Critical thinking skills