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Advanced Diploma of Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry
Advanced Diploma of Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry

Advanced Diploma of Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry

  • ID:SC010095
  • Level:3-Year Undergraduate Advanced Diploma
  • Duration:
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Fees (CAD)

* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card, Textbooks, Supplies and Field trips.

Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

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

  • One English, Grade 12


Mature student status.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 – Writing  

Other requirements:

  • 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.

Course Information

Sheridan's School for the Performing Arts stands out for its professionalism, both on the stage and behind the scenes.

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

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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Semester 1

  • 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

Semester 2

  • 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

Semester 3

  • 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

Semester 4

  • 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

Semester 5

  • 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

Semester 6

  • THET39014, Live Event Production, 2

  • THET35586, Production Role 2, 7

  • FLPL17028, Field Placement, 7

  • TOTAL:, 16

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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