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

     TPPR 102 - Drafting and Model Making
     TPPR 103 - Introduction to Technical Theatre
     TPPR 108 - Rigging
     TPPR 110 - Audio I
     TPPR 111 - Footings
     TPPR 117 - Practicum I
     ENGL 111 - Communications

Term II

     TPPR 101 - Applied Theatre History
     TPPR 104 - Stagecraft I
     TPPR 105 - Lighting I
     TPPR 106 - Set Painting I
     TPPR 107 - Wardrobe I
     TPPR 127 - Practicum II

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

     TPPR 203 - Management
     TPPR 205 - Video and Projection Technology
     TPPR 212 - Prop Making I
     TPPR 237 - Practicum III

Term IV

     TPPR 247 - Practicum IV


In Year Two, terms III and IV, choose a minimum of 8 credits from the following Theatre Production options:

     TPPR 204 - Stagecraft II
     TPPR 206 - Set Painting II
     TPPR 207 - Wardrobe II
     TPPR 210 - Audio II
     TPPR 215 - Lighting II
     TPPR 221 - Technical Director
     TPPR 222 - Prop Making II

Effective 2017/18. 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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