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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

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Set the stage for a creative, rewarding career.

Program Overview

Explore the world of theatre

Be part of a creative production team, staging shows attended by the paying public at Theatre Sheridan and Theatre Erindale. Develop the creativity, technical mastery and work ethic you need to work in technical production at the highest levels — as well as the experience and confidence to step directly into the work force.

Experienced faculty and great facilities

Led by practicing industry professionals, this apprenticeship-style program features the best facilities of any theatre school in Canada. You'll work in professional-calibre studios and use industry-standard equipment:

  • Mainstage and studio theatres
  • State-of-the-art sound labs
  • Industry-style lighting and audio equipment
  • Fully-equipped wardrobe, prop, and scene shops with CNC machine and 3D printers

Commitment and creativity

You'll begin working on shows immediately, gaining experience in these technical production disciplines:

  • Carpentry
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Stage management
  • Wardrobe
  • Props
  • Paint

Additional information

In the second year you'll select three disciplines to specialize in, while developing skills in drafting and AutoCAD. The third year features a six-week field placement and students continue to focus in two disciplines. This is the only three-year program in Canada fully dedicated to technical production for the performing arts industry.

This demanding program requires full commitment. You should be prepared to spend approximately $1,800-$2,000 for textbooks, supplies and field trips. The workload is heavy, so it's difficult to be employed part-time while attending this program. But you'll be rewarded with great career opportunities, a creative work environment, and the excitement and camaraderie of theatre life.

Venues for employment include:

  • Toronto theatres
  • Major Canadian summer theatre festivals (such as Stratford, Shaw, Charlottetown and Drayton Entertainment)
  • Major Canadian regional theatres (such as MTC, Neptune, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper and The Grand Theatre)
  • Audio-visual companies
  • Independent production companies
  • Sporting and cultural events
  • Political events
  • Film and television crews
  • Conferences and conventions
  • Cruise ships

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET11322Introduction to Scenic Construction 2
    THET18448Scenic Art Techniques and Colour Theory 2
    THET16206Sewing Fundamentals 2
    THET15586Introduction to Theatre Properties  2
    THET16693Fundamentals of Stage Lighting  2
    THET13672Audio Fundamentals 2
    THET17370Stagecraft and Production Techniques5
    THET14857GTechnical Theatre History (Mandatory Gen Ed) 3
    Total:20
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET16367 Rigging for the Performing Arts Industry 2
    THET15288 Introduction to Technical Production 6
    CADD12716 Fundamentals of CAD and Drafting Standards  3
    General Education Course (Open) 3

    Plus select 5 of the following courses:

    CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET10016 Scenic Construction Techniques 2
    THET10261 Applied Scenic Art Techniques 2
    THET18081 Costume Construction Skills  2
    THET10082 Theatre Properties Techniques 2
    THET19798 Stage Lighting Plots 2
    THET12974 Introduction to Sound Design for the Performing Arts Industry 2

    Total credits: 24

  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET20229 Technical Production 6
    CADD28467 Advanced CAD and Drafting Standards 3
    THET14998 Introduction to Set Design 2
    THET11176 Employment Practices for the Performing Arts Industry 3

    Plus select 3 of the following courses:

    CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET26206 Scenic Construction Applications 2
    THET24444 Scenic Finishes 2
    THET24998 Introduction to Pattern Drafting 2
    THET27545 Theatre Properties Applications 2
    THET29402 Stage Lighting Equipment Applications 2
    THET29599 Practical Application of Live Sound 2
    THET26693 Stage Management Fundamentals 2
    THET24857 Technical Management Fundamentals 2

    Total credits: 20

  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET25738 Advanced Technical Production 7
    General Education Course (Open) 3

    Plus select 3 of the following courses:

    CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET25288 Advanced Scenic Construction 2
    THET20261 Scenic Architecture 2
    THET24717 Applied Pattern Drafting Techniques 2
    THET21044 Historical Property Applications 2
    THET20172 Lighting Design and Projections 2
    THET21473 Digital Audio 2
    THET23796 Advanced Stage Management 2
    THET24579 Advanced Technical Management 2

    Total credits: 16

  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET38081 Production Management for the Performing Arts Industry 3
    THET35288 Production Role 1 6
    General Education Course (Open) 3

    Plus select 2 of the following courses:

    CODE TITLE CREDITS
    THET30049 Structural Design and Stage Technology 2
    THET34178 Advanced Scenic Art Techniques 2
    THET30016 Advanced Costume Construction 2
    THET37545 Advanced Theatre Properties 2
    THET30036 Advanced Stage Lighting Applications 2
    THET30025 Sound Recording for the Performing Arts Industry 2
    THET35886 Stage Management for the Performing Arts Industry 2

    Total credits: 16

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET39014Live Event Production 2
    THET35586Production Role 2 7
    FLPL17028Field Placement 7
    Total:16

Courses subject to change.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

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

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Application Package

Applicants are required to submit an application package. The detailed requirements including submission instructions will be posted in your Sheridan Application Portal. Please note that there is an application package assessment fee.

Sample application package instructions for reference purposes only are also available.

Preparation for Application

You're encouraged to research the technical theatre field prior to applying for admission:

  • Volunteer for practical crew work in professional theatre companies, community theatre groups, secondary schools, dance studios, co-op programs.
  • Speak with employed technical theatre professionals.
  • Speak with faculty and students at postsecondary technical theatre training programs.
  • Attend theatre performances.
  • Read plays and technical reference books.
  • Take photos of your technical theatre work.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected based on previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including the required courses listed above), plus the results of their application package.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of Sheridan's Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry program go on to work for major performing arts venues and producers throughout the world.

Sample Job Titles

  • Lighting Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Manager
  • Prop Builder
  • Scenic Artist
  • Seamstress / Dresser
  • Stage Manager / Assistant Stage Manager
  • Technical Director

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Co-op

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Completion

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Adopt appropriate methods and materials to perform tasks within the technical disciplines.
  • Use industry-related terminology correctly and effectively in all aspects of work being undertaken.
  • Model safe practices while operating tools and equipment for all work sites including theatre, workshops and live events.
  • Implement processes for fabricating and assembling production elements from an effective interpretation of project specifications.
  • Synthesize information and ideas gathered from multiple resources and prior experiences to plan and create discipline-based products.
  • Balance multiple priorities to meet external expectations.
  • Contribute effectively to the overall management of projects related to theatrical and live event productions by working collaboratively with others.
  • Assess feasibility of projects based on creative concepts and production constraints.
  • Solve design and technical problems based on analysis of production documents and support materials.
  • Establish professional networking and business relationships in the theatre and live event community.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2022–2023 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$5,023.50
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$19,522.50

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL excluded) in Spring 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 27, 2022. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Computer Science Specializations

In our Honours Bachelor of Computer Science program, you'll learn foundational skills that prepare you to work in any area of computer science. But you’ll also have the chance to specialize in one of four emerging fields that interests you the most.

In the first year of the program, you’ll be introduced to each of these four fields: cloud computing, data analytics, game engineering, and network engineering.

Then, you’ll focus your studies on your selected specialization. You’ll take eight courses in your specialization of choice, gaining specific skills that are not taught in traditional diploma and degree programs. Your computer science specialization will give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

You can specialize in one of the following fields:

  • Get a deeper understanding of cloud computing — the delivery of computing system resources such as software, databases, servers, data storage, and more — over the Internet. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of private, hybrid or public cloud delivery.

    Specialized Courses
    • Internet of Things
    • Storage Systems
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Distributed & Parallel Computing
    • Security & Privacy in the Cloud
    • Cloud Economics
    • Cloud Monitoring & Governance
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Cloud Software Engineer: Develop large-scale production clouds.
    • Cloud Developer: Create new cloud services and improve current cloud products.
    • Cloud Automation Specialist: Design and implement automated technologies and processes that support your employer’s cloud offerings.
    • Cloud Architect: Use software development and information technology skills to build hybrid DevOp platforms that leverage your employer’s web services, cloud and on-premise data centres.
    • Systems Administrator – Cloud Operations: Automate, organize, monitor and maintain all of your employer’s cloud-based systems.
    • Cloud Services Adviser: Sell and market various cloud solutions, such as Office 365 or Watson analytics.
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis, data mining and other advanced techniques to draw new and useful insights from large data sets. Confidently interpret and share information about the data patterns you discover.

    Specialized Courses
    • Business Processes
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 1
    • Big Data Management & Processing
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 2
    • Data Warehouse Design & Implementation
    • Machine Learning Techniques
    • Data Mining
    • Business Communication
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Data Scientist: Perform data analysis and develop and implement predictive models.
    • Data Architect: Design and implement big data solutions that support the Data Warehouse Environment (DWE).
    • Data Analyst: Apply current technologies, concepts and methodologies to build development projects that integrate various data sources.
    • Data Developer: Use Big Data architectures to migrate data from various databases, implement latest technologies and meet functional and technical requirements.
    • Big Data Platform Engineer: Design, build and administer platforms that combine several big data applications and utilities within a single solution.
  • Master the algorithmic, programming and mathematical techniques used to develop software components for computer games.

    Specialized Courses
    • Gameplay Programming 1
    • Game Engine Architecture
    • Gameplay Programming 2
    • Computer Graphics & Animation
    • Artificial Intelligence for Games
    • Game Tools and Data-Driven Design
    • Multiplayer Games
    • Games in Emerging Technologies & Hardware
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Game Developer: Design new games, including art and animation, or write programs to implement a game.
    • Gameplay Programmer: Enhance computer games with gameplay features that improve the user experience.
  • Learn the specialized skills needed to plan, construct, optimize and manage the computer networks that businesses and organizations rely on every day.

    Specialized Courses
    • IP Engineering 1
    • Network Access Technologies
    • Network Service Applications
    • IP Engineering 2
    • Enterprise Network Operations
    • IP Engineering 3
    • Emerging Topics in Networking
    • Internet Core Technologies
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support computer networks.
    • Data Network Services: Troubleshoot computer network performance issues, analyze network traffic, plan capacity solutions and ensure service readiness.
    • Network Quality Assurance Engineer: Perform manual and automatic quality assurance testing for networks.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Full-time 3 years Program code: PTPPA

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
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Sep 2023 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Available

One program. Seven disciplines. Many industry connections.

Develop the creativity, technical mastery and work ethic you need to work in technical production at the highest level.

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