Drama Certificate and Degree Pathways

Storytelling through drama is an important tradition. Studying drama will improve your self confidence and public speaking skills, while also enhancing your creativity, problem solving, and time management. The Diablo Valley College Drama Program offers one of the most in-depth acting, directing, and technical theater training programs in the East Bay.

Students put on four productions every school year, including one musical and one student-directed play. There are many additional acting and production opportunities throughout the year in our drama club, Dramatic Society, and with our course showcases.

Productions are open to the surrounding community. We are proud to be a local theater in Contra Costa County. 

Whether you are looking for career training that will prepare you for immediate employment, or for preparation for transfer to continue your studies at a four-year institution, our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping aspiring actors and those interested in pursuing the technical side of theater.

Our drama program offers:

You can learn more about these options and the requirements in our catalog.

We know that navigating degrees and certificates can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss what option is best for you. 

This award-winning theatrical training program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year university for further training, or get an entry-level position in local community or professional theater.

Career options include:

  • Actor
  • TV and film industry
  • National tours
  • Theme parks
  • Set designer
  • Makeup artist
  • Lighting designer
  • Stage manager
  • Scenic artist
  • Set builder
  • Stage technician
  • Sound technician
  • Prop maker
  • Costume designer

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Center or contact one of the drama faculty and staff members. Please note that you cannot meet with a counselor or staff member until you are enrolled at DVC.

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees.

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Contact Drama

Chair: Beth McBrien
Telephone: 925-969-2718
Email: BMcBrien@dvc.edu
Office location: PAC-127 Campus map