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Transfer to Catawba College with an AFA Degree in Theatre Arts

Catawba College has an articulation agreement with all North Carolina community colleges which offer an AFA in Theatre Arts programs. This allows for a seamless transition of students from community college to Theater Arts programs at Catawba College. 

Participating North Carolina Community Colleges 

(as of April 1,2019)

The following community colleges have approval to offer the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Theatre (A10800) degree:

Blue Ridge Community College

Cape Fear Community College

Catawba Valley Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

College of The Albemarle 

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Guilford Technical Community College

Pitt Community College

Sandhills Community College

Western Piedmont Community College

For the most current list of community colleges approved to offer the Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre (A10800), please visit the NC Community College System Catalog. 


To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement, an applicant must earn an AFA in Theatre degree in a North Carolina Community College with a GPA of at least 2.0 and a grade of C or better in all transfer courses. An applicant must meet Catawba College Admissions requirements

The student’s program of study must meet the criteria set forth in the AFA in Theatre curriculum standard below:

Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre (A10800) Curriculum Standard

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. Within the degree program, Catawba shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.


All Universal General Education Transfer Component courses will transfer for equivalency credit. 

English Composition (6 SHC)
The following two English composition courses are required.

ENG 111   

Writing and Inquiry

(3 SHC)

ENG 112

Writing/Research in the Disciplines    

(3 SHC)


Communications and Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)
Select three courses from at least two different disciplines.

ART 111    

Art Appreciation

(3 SHC)

ART 114

Art History Survey I

(3 SHC)

ART 115

Art History Survey II

(3 SHC)

COM 231

Public Speaking

(3 SHC)

ENG 231

American Literature I

(3 SHC)

ENG 232

American Literature II    

(3 SHC)

ENG 241

British Literature I

(3 SHC)

ENG 242

British Literature II

(3 SHC)

MUS 110

Music Appreciation

(3 SHC)

MUS 112

Introduction to Jazz

(3 SHC)

PHI 215

Philosophical Issues

(3 SHC)

PHI 240

Introduction to Ethics

(3 SHC)


Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC)
Select three courses from at least two different disciplines.

ECO 251

ECO 252    

Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of Macroeconomics     

(3 SHC)

(3 SHC)

HIS 111

World Civilizations I

(3 SHC)

HIS 112

World Civilizations II

(3 SHC)

HIS 131

American History I

(3 SHC)

HIS 132

American History II

(3 SHC)

POL 120

American Government

(3 SHC)

PSY 150

General Psychology

(3 SHC)

SOC 210

Introduction to Sociology

(3 SHC)

Math (3-4 SHC)
Select one course from the following:

MAT 143    

Quantitative Literacy

(3 SHC)

MAT 152

Statistical Methods I

(4 SHC)

MAT 171

Pre-calculus Algebra     

(4 SHC)

MAT 271

Calculus I

(4 SHC)

MAT 272

Calculus II

(4 SHC)


Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Select 4 SHC from the following:

AST 111    

Descriptive Astronomy and

(3 SHC)


AST 111A Descriptive Astronomy Lab    

(1 SHC)

AST 151

General Astronomy and

(3 SHC)


AST 151A General Astronomy Lab

(1 SHC)

BIO 110

Principles of Biology

(4 SHC)

BIO 111

General Biology I

(4 SHC)

CHM 151

General Chemistry I

(4 SHC)

GEL 111


(4 SHC)

PHY 110

Conceptual Physics and

(3 SHC)


PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab

(1 SHC)



Theatre (15 SHC)

DRA 211    

Theatre History I                                                                  

(3 SHC)

DRA 212     

Theatre History II     

(3 SHC)

Choose one track:


DRA 130


Acting I


(3 SHC)

DRA 135

Acting for the Camera I    

(3 SHC)

DRA 170

Play Production I

(3 SHC)


DRA 140


Stagecraft I


(3 SHC)

DRA 141

Stagecraft II

(3 SHC)

DRA 170

Play Production I

(3 SHC)


Academic Transition (1 SHC)
The following course is required:

ACA 122    

College Transfer Success    

(1 SHC)

An additional 12-14 SHC of courses should be selected from the courses classified as pre-major, elective, general education, or UGETC within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.

Total Semester Hours Credit (SHC) in Program: 60-61*

*One semester hour of credit may be included in a 61 SHC Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre program of study. The transfer of this hour is not guaranteed.

Effective:  Fall 2019