About the Program

The Drama Program at Houston Community College provides excellent classroom instruction in theatre arts, develops intensive individualized learning and artistic relationships with students and professional artistic staff, and creates performance opportunities (on stage and in all technical and design areas) for the widest number of interested students.

AWARD TYPES: Associate in Arts

AREA OF STUDY: Liberal Arts, Humanities & Education

Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:


View theatrical works of art and provide critical analysis of their effectiveness.


Identify technical theatre components, including costumes, lighting, scenic design, props, sound, and makeup.


Analyze the creative roles of theatrical production and experience, including the actor, audience, playwright and director.


Apply theatrical techniques as part of a theatrical event.

Program Information

General Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate in  Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:

Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.


Additional Degree Requirements

A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.

  • The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree.  These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
  • All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
  • All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
  • Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
  • If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
  • Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type.  Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
  • Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
  • Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
  • All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.



The study of Drama provides students with wide-reaching skills in communication, organization and efficacy. Students with a degree in Drama have the ability to pursue careers as performers, playwrights, directors, producers, stage managers, dramaturgs, theatre educators, ,drama therapists, and a number of arts management positions.

Students who complete the Associates of Arts in Drama will find that course transfer directly and fulfill requirements of their ultimate degree plan at a university or college attended.

There are 1,152 Actors employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 4.1% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 51 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $11.42 hourly, $24,000 annually


Get in touch

Susan Hines, MM

PERFORMING ARTS CHAIR: Dance, Drama and Music

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