PATP Curriculum | Chattanooga State Community College

PATP Curriculum

Certificate/Degree Options

Students who complete the two year program earn a certificate and graduate with sixty-four (64) college credit hours. Some credit hours will transfer towards a BA depending on requirements of the institution.

Associate's Degree:
Students who desire an Associate Degree (AA or AS) while taking the acting program take general education courses along with their Professional Actors Training Program (PATP) courses. Because PATP is time intensive, completing an AA or AS degree may take another full year of study. Upon completion, students will have an AA or AS degree in Theatre Arts that is part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway

Middle Tennessee State University:
Earning a Bachelor's Degree is possible through MTSU's University College. Students are able to continue their studies at Chattanooga State while earning a BA through MTSU.

Bachelor's Degree - England:
Graduates who meet Rose Bruford's entrance requirements may earn a Bachelor's degree with honors following one additional year of study at Rose Bruford College in London. For further information on Rose Bruford see or contact Professor Steven Dykes at

Master's Degree - Antioch University:
Qualifying students may earn a Master's Degree through Anticoch University Midwest while enrolled in the program. Additional courses are required.


FIRST YEAR: (32 credit hours)

Acting I & II (THEA 1110/1120) Grounded in Stanislavski and informed by the work of George Morrison, one of America's premiere acting teachers. Designed to develop moment-to-moment awareness and a framework of given circumstance and relationship.

Improvisation I & II (THEA 1520/1525) Developed from the work of Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, and Keith Johnstone. Moment-to-moment spontaneity, flexibility, and creativity.

Movement I & II (THEA 1230/1235) Body awareness, group and partnering, exploration of movement as an integral part of the actor's performance skills.

Voice & Speech I & II (THEA 1410/1420) Exercises to develop a voice free of unnecessary tensions, spontaneously responsive to both internal and external stimuli.

Introduction to Theatre (First Semester - THEA 1310) Survey of drama and stagecraft from its beginning to the present; analysis of significant plays from outstanding periods of theatre history; enhances understanding and appreciation of the theatre. (meets general education requirement for associates degree)

Stagecraft (Second Semester - THEA 1320) Exploration of the terminology, tools, and techniques of theatrical stagecraft. Introduction to principles of lighting, sound, costume, and scenic design with practical application. Introduction to production including rigging, tools, construction, lighting, sound, costumes, and safety.

SECOND YEAR: (32 credit hours)

Acting III & IV (THEA 2110/2120) Deepening awareness and the relationship between the internal and the external process. Scene analysis and its application. Exploration of classical texts beginning with Chekhov. The scene study/acting technique work culminates in a performance project.

Improvisation III & IV (THEA 2520/2525) Deepen focus and spontaneity. Intuit story structure. Long-form improvisation, Story Theatre, and Friday Night Comedy Improv performances.

Movement III & IV (THEA 2230/2235) Introduction to social dances of the Elizabethan era and the 19th and 20th centuries dances including jazz, tap, and musical theatre dance.

Voice & Speech III & IV (THEA 2410/2420) Work on freeing regionalisms and clarifying enunciation. Linking voice to text. Study and performance of monologues from Shakespeare.

The Audition Process (First Semester - THEA 2310) Practical application of the audition process from selection of material to presentation. Explores the interview, cold reading, and the business of acting including professional conduct, photos, resumes, and marketing strategies.

Production Practicum (Second Semester - THEA 2320) Exploration of the front and back of house components necessary to present a professional theatrical production. Includes stage management, crew, design, construction, marketing, box office, and house management. Practical application for end of semester productions.

Students interested in Musical Theatre training, add Musical Theatre (THEA 2430) to their PATP classes