|Study location||Canada, Ontario, Oakville|
|Type||Advanced Diploma, College|
|Nominal duration||3 years, includes 1 field placement|
|Tuition fee||CA$19,523 per year
The fee is for the 2022–2023 academic year and includes tuition (CA$16,931), health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees displayed are estimates only for and are subject to change.
|Registration fee||CA$400 one-time
The registration fee includes the non-refundable application fee (CA$100) and the refundable deposit fee (CA$300).
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High School / Secondary Education (or higher)
To be eligible for admission, you must possess a high school diploma including these required courses (or equivalents):
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
If English is not your first language, you must provide one of the English language proficiency tests below:
Students are required to submit 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:
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 workforce.
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
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