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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)

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

Animation Arts and Design

Designation

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET16367Rigging for the Performing Arts Industry2
    THET15288Introduction to Technical Production6
    CADD12716Fundamentals of CAD and Drafting Standards 3
    CCGEGeneral Education Course (Open)3
    Select 5 of the following courses:  
    THET10016Scenic Construction Techniques 2
    THET10261Applied Scenic Art Techniques 2
    THET18081Costume Construction Skills  2
    THET10082Theatre Properties Techniques 2
    THET19798Stage Lighting Plots 2
    THET12974Introduction to Sound Design for the Performing Arts Industry2
    Total:24
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET20229Technical Production 6
    CADD28467Advanced CAD and Drafting Standards3
    THET14998Introduction to Set Design2
    THET11176Employment Practices for the Performing Arts Industry3
    Select 3 of the following courses:  
    THET26206Scenic Construction Applications 2
    THET24444Scenic Finishes 2
    THET24998Introduction to Pattern Drafting 2
    THET27545Theatre Properties Applications 2
    THET29402Stage Lighting Equipment Applications 2
    THET29599Practical Application of Live Sound 2
    THET26693Stage Management Fundamentals 2
     THET24857Technical Management Fundamentals 2
    Total:17
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET25738 Advanced Technical Production 7
    CCGE General Education Course (Open) 3
    Select 3 of the following courses:  
    THET25288Advanced Scenic Construction  2
    THET20261Scenic Architecture 2
    THET24717Applied Pattern Drafting Techniques 2
    THET21044Historical Property Applications  2
    THET20172Lighting Design and Projections 2
    THET21473Digital Audio 2
    THET23796Advanced Stage Management  2
    THET24579Advanced Technical Management 2
    Total:16
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET38081Production Management for the Performing Arts Industry3
    THET35288Production Role 16
    CCGEGeneral Education Course (Open)
    Select 2 of the following courses:  
    THET30049Structural Design and Stage Technology2
    THET34178Advanced Scenic Art Techniques 2
    THET30016Advanced Costume Construction 2
    THET37545Advanced Theatre Properties 2
    THET30036Advanced Stage Lighting Applications      2
    THET30025Sound Recording for the Performing Arts Industry 2
    THET35886Stage Management for the Performing Arts Industry 2
    Total:19
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    THET39014Live Event Production 2
    THET35586Production Role 2 7
    FLPL17028Field Placement 7
    Total:16

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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 Summary

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.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses) and an application package consisting of a letter of intent clearly describing long-term career objectives and any experience in the field, responses to a résumé questionnaire, and two letters of reference. There is an assessment fee.

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.

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.

English Language Proficiency

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

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Faculty

Animation Arts and 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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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Animation Arts and 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)

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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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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

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

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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 2020–2021 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.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$4,850.16
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$18,375.16

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:

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Animation Arts and Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Animation Arts and 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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Animation Arts and Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Full-time 3 years Program code: PTPPA

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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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