Theater Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 60% Online

Technical Theatre

Offered in the Classroom

Acting Basics

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom

Theatre Technology Basics

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom
Program of Study

At CCD, we offer you direct, hands-on experience with production work and coursework in acting, technical theater, script analysis, playwriting, and stand-up comedy.

With direct access to the Denver Center of Performing Arts Complex across the street and easy RTD access to theaters downtown, Capitol Hill, Uptown, and the Highlands, you have the opportunity to experience, participate, and work with folks at some of the best venues in town.

An associate degree in theater from CCD is a path to various careers in the performing arts, education, liberal arts, and humanities.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 60 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
THE 105, THE 108, THE 111, THE 112,
THE 116, THE 129, THE 131, THE 132,
THE 150, THE 211, THE 212, HE 231, THE 240
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
THE 110 Theater Tickets $100.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

This program is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from:

  • Adams State University 
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins    
  • Fort Lewis College    
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver    
  • University of Colorado Boulder    
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs    
  • University of Northern Colorado    
  • Western State Colorado University

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of actors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth in the motion picture industry will stem from continued strong demand for new movies and television shows.

What you can do besides wait tables or sell insurance with a degree or certificate in theatre arts:
  • Actor
  • Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Director
  • Lighting Technician
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Scenographer
  • Sound Designer
  • Stagehand

…and so much more!  Theatre teaches all of the essential skills employers look for: flexibility, teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem-solving.  Where else could you earn the subtitle, “Master of My Domain?”

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median hourly wage for actors was $17.49 in May 2017. Here are some other salary projections for various career paths with a degree or certificate in theatre arts:





$250 – $300K
















$3K - $1M/GIG

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for actors.