Theatre Arts Diploma
Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Theatre Arts is an intense, two-year diploma with an emphasis on musical theatre actor training. The first year is spent in studio, private coaching, and classroom instruction, mastering the basics of all three disciplines while studying music theatre history, textual analysis, music theory and ear training.
The year culminates with workshop productions of a play and musical for invited audiences. In the second year, studio and laboratory courses continue while students apply their training in public productions in our new state-of-the-art performance spaces.
To gain admission to this program, applicants must meet the academic admission requirements and be successful at an audition, demonstrating an aptitude in all three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. A diagnostic will assess applicants’ basic skills in music theory and ear training.
Theatre Arts graduates work provincially, nationally and internationally in a variety of venues: regional theatres as well as on Broadway and London’s West End; Fringe festivals; dinner theatres; cruise entertainment; TV, film, video gaming, and voice over work. Many self-produce their own work, while others continue their studies in acting, directing or writing at other institutions.
Program of Study
|ENGL 102||Analysis and Argument||3|
|Choose an ENGL course from the following:||3|
|Approaches to Literature: Trends and Traditions|
|Approaches to Literature: Narrative Across Media|
|Approaches to Literature: Contemporary Literature and Culture|
|THAR 101||Acting Skills I||3|
|THAR 104||Vocal Production for Music Theatre I||3|
|THAR 109||Performer's Lab||3|
|THAR 110||Dance Skills I||3|
|THAR 140||Music Theory and Ear Training 1||3|
|THAR 141||Music Theory and Ear Training II||3|
|THAR 151||Acting Skills II||3|
|THAR 154||Vocal Production for Music Theatre II||3|
|THAR 160||Dance Skills II||3|
|THAR 201||Acting Skills III||3|
|THAR 204||Vocal Production for Musical Theatre III||3|
|THAR 206||Performance I||3|
|THAR 240||Music Theory and Ear Training III||3|
|THAR 250||Dance Skills III||3|
|THAR 251||Acting Skills IV||3|
|THAR 254||Vocal Production for Music Theatre IV||3|
|THAR 256||Performance II||3|
|THAR 260||Dance Skills IV||3|
The minimum passing grade for all THAR courses is a C-. All other courses have a minimum passing grade of a D unless otherwise noted.
Only full-time students admitted to the Theatre Arts program may register in THAR courses.
Progression of Studies
Students in the Theatre Arts program are required to successfully complete all Theatre Arts courses in Term 1 of the program of study in order to be able to progress to Term 2.
Students in the Theatre Arts program are required to successfully complete all courses in Year 1 of the program of study in order be able to progress to Year 2.