Associate in Science
The Theatre and Entertainment Technology program develops the knowledge and skills necessary for students to embark on careers as professional stage hands, stage carpenters, stage electricians, audio technicians or technical directors. Emphasis in this specialized program is on production. Many hours are required in the operation of the theatre plant, and the construction of scenery, properties and lighting of theatrical events. Students will be actively involved in the production of numerous music, dance and theatre events in the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on South Campus.
This program comprises basic theatre technology, general education and advanced specialized technical courses. Hands-on learning takes place in both a classroom setting and in live production situations to provide students with the principals and practices required for employment in the rapidly expanding and “high-tech” entertainment industry.
Upon completion of this program, students may apply to take the examination for membership into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the professional union representing backstage personnel.
A technical certificate, Stage Technology (6210) , is included as an option within this degree program.
We are the official apprentice program for the local IATSE. You may intern on professional productions during your second year in venues such as the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Metropolitan Park, the Times-Union Performing Arts Center and the Florida Theatre.
Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Some technicians are permanently employed by repertory companies, cruise ships and churches. However, most freelance for touring companies, concerts, conventions, circuses, trade shows and major events such as the PGA Tour and the Super Bowl. Every day is different.
Entry-level is about $12.75 an hour. Increases come with experience.
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