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Theatre Production Diploma


Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Please note: This program is no longer accepting applications. Please see the Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Theatre Production, for information on the new degree and diploma exit options.

The theatre profession requires skilled theatre artisans and technicians. Theatre Production’s curriculum provides instruction and practical experience in lighting, audio, stagecraft, scenic painting, prop-making, costuming, projection, and management, ensuring that Theatre Production graduates are well-equipped for employment in the entertainment industry.

Instructors, who are members of the professional community, provide equal parts knowledge and experience. Instruction is complemented by hands-on learning in our new state-of-the-art performance spaces.

Career Potential

Theatre Production graduates are employed in professional theatre, film and television, as well as in the cruise line, conference and special event industries. Graduates have filled key positions at the Citadel Theatre, Winspear Centre, Edmonton Opera, Alberta Ballet, Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Stratford Festival, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Disney, and Rexall Place, to cite only a few examples.

Technology Integration for Creative learning 

Students in the Theatre Production program will need to purchase an Apple laptop and necessary software identified by the program. This initiative is designed to maximize student learning through the use of digital technology and provide students with the tools required to succeed in the industry. For more information, see the program website ( or email

Contact Information 

Program Requirements

The following program requirements are needed to complete the credential. Refer to the Student Plan as this plan identifies the usual course schedule.

Required Courses
ENGL 102Analysis and Argument3
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
THPR 100Theatre Production Boot Camp 13
THPR 101Technical Crafts I: Audio and Lighting3
THPR 102Artisan Crafts I: Paint, Props and Costume3
THPR 103Stage Crafts I: Carpentry, Drafting and Rigging3
THPR 104Production I3
THPR 121Technical Crafts II: Audio and Lighting3
THPR 122Artisan Crafts II: Paint, Props and Costume3
THPR 123Stage Crafts II: Carpentry, Drafting and Rigging3
THPR 124Production II3
THPR 205Theatre History I: Ancient Greece through the Renaissance3
THPR 211Technical Crafts III: Audio, Lighting and Video/Projection3
THPR 212Artisan Crafts III: Paint, Props and Costume3
THPR 213Stage Crafts III: Carpentry, Drafting and Welding3
THPR 214Production III3
THPR 221Technical Crafts IV: Audio, Lighting and Video/Projection3
THPR 222Artisan Crafts IV: Paint, Props and Costume3
THPR 223Stage Crafts IV: Carpentry, Drafting and Rigging3
THPR 224Production IV3
Total Credits60

Course is CR.

The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.

Course Substitutions

Credit Earned in: May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:
TPPR 111 THPR 100
TPPR 102, TPPR 103, TPPR 104, TPPR 108 THPR 103, THPR 203
TPPR 204 THPR 213
TPPR 105, TPPR 110 THPR 101, THPR 201
TPPR 210, TPPR 215 THPR 211, THPR 221
TPPR 101 THPR 205
TPPR 106, TPPR 107, TPPR 212 THPR 102, THPR 202
TPPR 206, TPPR 207, TPPR 222 THPR 212, THPR 222
TPPR 117 THPR 104
TPPR 127 THPR 204
TPPR 237 THPR 214
TPPR 247 THPR 224
TPPR 203 THPR 400*
TPPR 221 THPR 413*
THPR 201 THPR 121
THPR 202 THPR 122
THPR 203 THPR 123
THPR 204 THPR 124

*Note: These are key components of new courses, but do not/will not be 100% equivalent. Due to the nature of the combined courses (Artisan, Stage, and Technical Crafts), students must complete ALL applicable courses in order to earn credit(s) in the new Program of Study.

Program Regulations

Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their University Advisor about program planning.

Progression of Studies

Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the prerequisite requirements as specified in descriptions for program courses.

English Requirement

Students must complete ENGL 102 and one of: ENGL 103, ENGL 104 or ENGL 105.

Student Plan

Students must follow the Student Plan (listed below) to complete this credential in the year(s) indicated by the plan. Students must consult with a program Academic Advisor regarding any deviation from the Student Plan, as this may extend the time it takes to complete the program.

Year 1
Term 1CreditsTerm 2Credits
THPR 1003ENGL 1023
THPR 1013THPR 1213
THPR 1023THPR 1223
THPR 1033THPR 1233
THPR 1043THPR 1243
 15 15
Year 2
Term 1CreditsTerm 2Credits
Choose an ENGL course from the following:3THPR 2053
THPR 2213
THPR 2223
THPR 2233
THPR 2113THPR 2243
THPR 2123 
THPR 2133 
THPR 2143 
 15 15
Total Credits 60

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:

  1. ELA 30-1 or 75% in ELA 30-2
  2. Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D


  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to present a broad range of subjects in order to benefit from the breadth of learning and to increase flexibility of future program and course choices.
  • A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented; they must be from different disciplines.
  • A maximum of one Group D subject may be presented. Group D subjects used for admission must be 5-credit or any credit combination of at least 5 credits (e.g., two 3-credit subjects).

Mature Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must be 20 years of age or older and have been out of full-time high school at least one year by the beginning of the intake term. Applicants must have the following:

  • ELA 30-1 with a minimum grade of 65 percent (or equivalent)


  • Six credits of university-level English with no grade less than C-

Previous Post Secondary Work

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Admission in this category does not imply or guarantee the transfer of any coursework and/or credential unless a block transfer agreement (internal or external) is in effect and published in the calendar by the Office of the University Registrar. In addition, transfer of coursework does not imply or guarantee that an applicant will be admitted.

Applicants must have successfully completed the following from a recognized institution:

  • A minimum of 24 post-secondary level credits with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional Admission Criteria

All applicants must meet the following:

1. English Language Proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicable to All Admission Categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at

2. Other Admission Criteria

To be evaluated through the Program

Applicable to All Admission Categories

Applicants are required to submit a brief questionnaire that explains (in 500-1000 words):

  • Why they are interested in the program
  • The career that they are seeking through the completion of this program
  • A description of the last theatre production they attended

Applicants offered admission are required to complete Standard First Aid certification (including Level C CPR) by the beginning of the intake term.