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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:
- Lighting and Sound
- Stage management
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
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS THET11322 Introduction to Scenic Construction 2 THET18448 Scenic Art Techniques and Colour Theory 2 THET16206 Sewing Fundamentals 2 THET15586 Introduction to Theatre Properties 2 THET16693 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 2 THET13672 Audio Fundamentals 2 THET17370 Stagecraft and Production Techniques 5 THET14857G Technical 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 CCGE General Education Course (Open) 3 Select 5 of the following courses: 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: 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 Select 3 of the following courses: 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: 17
CODE TITLE CREDITS THET25738 Advanced Technical Production 7 CCGE General Education Course (Open) 3 Select 3 of the following courses: 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: 16
CODE TITLE CREDITS THET38081 Production Management for the Performing Arts Industry 3 THET35288 Production Role 1 6 CCGE General Education Course (Open) 3 Select 2 of the following courses: 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: 19
CODE TITLE CREDITS THET39014 Live Event Production 2 THET35586 Production Role 2 7 FLPL17028 Field Placement 7 Total: 16
Courses subject to change.
Find course details:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)
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 ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
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
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.
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.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$4,850.16
Fees for International students$18,375.16
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.
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Full-time 3 years Program code: PTPPA
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