Program of Study

Theatre Production Backstage Lighting Work

This two-year diploma is one of the most practice-based programs of its kind in Canada. Through extensive hands-on training in workshops, labs and studios—and as part of the production team for the Theatre Arts season—you develop expertise in props and set construction, lighting, sound, video, costumes and stage management.

To complete program requirements, you take three types of courses: required core courses, Theatre Production option courses and elective courses that allow you to explore other interests.


Year one

In your first year, you are introduced to the various aspects of theatre production. You learn to communicate visually and execute technically. You collaborate with directors, designers and performers. During your practicum, you join a crew of fellow students focusing on one area of production.

Term I

     THPR 100 - Theatre Production Boot Camp
     THPR 101 - Technical Crafts I: Audio & Lighting
     THPR 102 - Artisan Crafts I: Paint, Props, & Costume
     THPR 103 - Stage Crafts I: Carpentry, Drafting & Rigging
     THPR 104 - Production I

Term II

     THPR 121 - Technical Crafts II: Audio, Lighting & Video/Projection
     THPR 122 - Artisan Crafts II: Paint, Props & Costume
     THPR 123 - Stage Crafts II: Carpentry, Drafting & Rigging
     THPR 124 - Production II
     ENGL 102 - Analysis and Argument

Year two

In your second year, you build on the skills and knowledge learned in your first year and you choose an area of specialization. You collaborate with other theatre technicians as part of a production team and lead a crew of first-year students during the practicum.

Term III

     THPR 211 - Technical Crafts III: Audio, Lighting & Video/Projection
     THPR 212 - Artisan Crafts III: Paint, Props & Costume
     THPR 213 - Stage Crafts III: Carpentry, Drafting & Welding
     THPR 214 - Production III

Term IV

     THPR 221 - Technical Crafts IV: Audio, Lighting & Video/Projection
     THPR 222 - Artisan Crafts IV: Paint, Props & Costume
     THPR 223 - Stage Crafts IV: Carpentry, Drafting & Rigging
     THPR 205 - Theatre History
     THPR 224 - Production IV

The program of study may change from year to year. The authoritative source for course descriptions and the rules and regulations that apply to students is the Academic Calendar.

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