Would a degree in the arts be a good match for you?

Take a career survey and learn about your strength and interests.

Why study theatre and performing arts?

According to the 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy, “the creative industries support 2.68 million jobs, $209.6 billion in labor income, and $650.3 billion in annual output. Over 1.0 million workers are directly employed in the creative industries, with an additional 1.6 million jobs generated indirectly. The direct employment generated by the state’s creative industries and the indirect employment they create through multiplier effects constitute 15.4% of California’s total employment.”

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Some of the jobs you can get with a degree in the arts:

  • Accompanist
  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts & Non-profit Administration/Management
  • Audio Production & Engineering
  • Broadcasting (TV/Radio)
  • Choreographer
  • Copyright consultant
  • Conductor
  • Dancer
  • Designer
  • Drama & Music Therapist
  • Event production, management, planning, & technology
  • Fashion Design & Management
  • Film/TV/Stage Director
  • Fundraiser, grant writer
  • Historian
  • Instrument company or music store management
  • Marketing
  • Music/Theatre/Arts journalism
  • Musicologist
  • Private Instructor
  • Producer
  • Public relations agent or coordinator
  • Sales
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent representation
  • Teacher
  • Technician
  • Vocal coaching
  • Wellness (injury prevention and intervention)
  • Writer
  • And so many more!

Find out more about careers in creativity here


Transfer Success

Work with your counselor to find your perfect transfer university. In the past few years, we have had some great transfer success stories.


Feeling stuck? Talk with us

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Have a chat with any of our theatre faculty for more theatre career ideas and employment opportunities.

James Gilbreath (Theatre Professor/Director) jgilbrea@yccd.edu 530-633-7262

Joseph P. Stottmann (Instructional Associate/Technical Director) jstottma@yccd.edu

Warren Crocker (Part-Time Theatre Faculty/Sound and Video) wcrocker@yccd.edu

John Croswaithe (Part-time Theatre Faculty/Acting and Directing) jcrosthw@yccd.edu

Conrad Cecil (Part-Time Theatre Faculty – Acting and Voice) cconrad@yccd.edu