Performing Arts – Preparation

  • Program Information
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Courses
  • Career Opportunities
  • Admission Requirements

Develop core skills to prepare for further study - or a performing career.

The Performing Arts – Preparation program at Sheridan provides a comprehensive one-year introduction to the performing arts. Students gain first-hand experience in a wide range of disciplines, developing core skills that can help them advance to a more specialized performing arts school.

This immersive, hands-on performing arts program offers an opportunity to: 

  • Improve your performing, auditioning and technical production skills.
  • Learn to work collaboratively with other creative individuals.
  • Display your talents and discover your strengths.
  • Clarify educational and career objectives.

You’ll get to try your hand at acting, singing, dancing and comedy (standup and sketch). You’ll also learn about the business aspects of the performing arts industry, forming an ad hoc production company with your classmates to stage a show at Theatre Erindale. Throughout both terms, you’ll make field trips almost every week to see live concerts, plays and other professional performances.

High Standards of Instruction

Performing Arts – Preparation employs high-calibre faculty with the same excellent standards of instruction, most of whom have extensive professional experience in the industry. Graduates are encouraged to apply for further study at Sheridan or other institutions to develop their specific areas of interest. While this program does not provide preferred entry into further education, it does provide the knowledge and skills that performing arts schools require for admission.

Courses for the Sheridan performing arts program are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

Program Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of the program will enable the graduate to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the performing arts industry, including live performance genres, production processes, careers and work environments.
  • Demonstrate introductory levels of performance and production skill and has identified areas of potential aptitude and interest.
  • Formulate career goals, develop educational strategies to reach those goals, and complete a portfolio and/or prepare audition material appropriate for admission to further studies.
  • Interact in a professional manner appropriate to the specific requirements of the performing arts industry.
  • Work creatively within a team to prepare and execute a live performance.


THET 10001 Professional Productions 1 3
THET 10002 Voice and Music 1 3
THET 10003 Movement and Dance 1 3
THET 10004 Introduction to Acting 3
THET 10005 Performing Arts Technical and Design Production Careers 3
THET 10006 Collaborative and Creative Practices 3
INFO 14717 Digital Communication Skills for the Performing Arts Industry 3



THET 10007 Professional Productions 2 3
THET 10008 Voice and Music 2 3
THET 10009 Movement and Dance 2 3
THET 10010 Acting: Audition Preparation 3
THET 10011 Performing Arts Technical Production and Design Studios 3
THET 10012 Collaborative and Creative Projects 3
GNED General Education Elective 3


In addition to class time, students will spend approximately 16-20 hours/term attending performing arts productions. Students are required to attend six performances per term with their class and instructor and will have associated learning experiences (e.g. backstage tours, question and answer sessions with performers, directors, etc.).

Note: Courses subject to change.

Course Details: Search the Sheridan Course Outline Database

Graduates continue in diploma or degree performing arts programs, such as musical theatre, acting, singing, dance, broadcast, comedy, etc. Some decide to pursue further education in technical production or design, writing, teaching, etc. Others pursue professional work following graduation.

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)


Mature student status. (See "Admissions" section for details.)

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

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