Theatre Arts - AFA program

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Theatre Arts

M State's 60-credit Associate of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts provides a broad foundation for your career in the theatre field, giving you the opportunity to act, direct and design for performances. The AFA is offered on our Fergus Falls campus and intended primarily for students who plan to pursue a bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts degree at a four-year college or university.

M State's AFA in Theatre Arts combines rigorous academic study with hands-on experience in theatrical production and performance.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • A broad knowledge of theatre genres and playwrights, along with a historical, cultural and social perspective on their works
  • Technical skills and terminology required in theatrical performances
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment
  • Design, makeup, stagecraft and production aspects of theatrical productions


Why M State

  • Develop a well-rounded background in performance and technical aspects of theatre
  • Collaborate creatively in fall and spring college theatrical productions and an extensive array of other fine arts activities
  • Receive a personalized education with our small class sizes
  • Benefit from our low cost per credit, which makes M State an exceptional educational value
  • Travel to fine arts performances and venues
  • Gain performance and technical experience during the first two years of study
  • Articulate seamlessly to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Benefit from M State's experienced instructors, who have been involved in more than 75 productions
  • Enjoy a four-year college experience at our two-year college campus in Fergus Falls
  • Apply for scholarships available through Fergus Area College Foundation


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Theatre Arts Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
Locations: Fergus Falls

Theatre (MnSCU Transfer Pathway) AFA Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
Locations: Fergus Falls

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M State's Theatre Arts program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree program in Theatre Arts.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.


Meet the faculty

Stefanie Gerhardson

Theatre Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Career opportunities

M State's AFA in Theatre Arts provides a valuable background for employment with regional and national theatre companies, music and dance companies, television production and arts management and education.


Required Theatre Arts courses

  • Stage Make-up
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Stagecraft
  • Acting I
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre Performance Practicum
  • Theatre Technical Practicum
  • Design for the Stage


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The M State Theatre Department presents a fall and spring production each academic year. Genres include drama, comedy, children's theatre and musical theatre.

Past performances include:

Steel Magnolias

How to Talk Minnesotan

The Rimers of Eldritch
Young Frankenstein
The Nerd
And Then There Were None
The Odd Couple

All Shook Up
Little Shop of Horrors
The Foreigner
Sez She
The Mousetrap
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Noises Off!
Taming of the Shrew
The Miss Firecracker Contest
Twelfth Night
Spoon River Anthology
Arsenic and Old Lace
Fairy Tale Courtroom
The Boyfriend
Noises Off!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Importance of Being Ernest
Greater Tuna
Pirates of Penzance
The Robber Bridegroom
The Miser
The All Night Strut
The Crucible
The Course Acting Show
The Red Shoes
Children of Eden
Midsummer Night's Dream
Mixed Doubles/Schicchi
Blithe Spirit
Blood Wedding
Peter Pan
Ralph Roister
Alice in Wonderland
Waiting for Godot
Joseph and the Amzing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Comedy of Errors
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
A Funny Thing Happened
The Enchanted
A Company of Wayward Spirits
The Pajama Game
Guys and Dolls
The Rivals
Wilder and Wilder
The Arkansas Bear
Greater Tuna
The School for Wives
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
The Little Foxes
I Never Sang for My Father

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