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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

This intensive, hands-on program will prepare you to work in all sectors of the entertainment industry, including northern Ontario's booming film and TV production industry.

You'll hit the ground running and work alongside your classmates to build and run a minimum of two main stage productions each year. You'll also provide technical support for the Music program's concert series, various productions and events within the school, as well as community based productions and events. Courses cover every aspect of the business, from the practical elements of stage and running crew, to design and management. Special emphasis is placed on applying theory and technology in practical situations, while working safely in the theatre environment.

At the program's core is highly talented faculty. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the professional production world, they bring a knowledge base of theory and practical experience from national and international careers working in all disciplines of the entertainment industry, including theatre, live events, and film/video production.

As a graduate, you can put your skills to work or enter directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Thorneloe University (affiliated with Laurentian University) to pursue a major in Theatre Production or Theatre Performance.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • 1-week placement in second semester

  • Hands-on experience in all technical aspects of the entertainment industry including lighting, special effects, set design, rigging, electrical, carpentry, prop making, costuming, and stage management

  • Highly talented faculty, each with more than 25 years of national and international experience in live entertainment industry

  • Work on 4 full-length productions with professional and community theatre groups  – more live theatre productions than any other college in Ontario

  • Opportunities to take leadership roles (e.g. stage manager, costume designer, etc.) for full-length theatre productions

  • Provide technical support for the Music department's concert series and various video productions for the eDome, the College's state-of-the-art multi-media centre

  • Earn industry-standard certifications at no extra cost: Fall Protection Certification, Lift Training, Workplace Hazardous Materials Inventory System (WHMIS)

4D Learning Opportunities

Sudbury Theatre Centre placement – In the second semester, you'll spend one week working with the technical production team at Sudbury's professional theatre company.

Tunnel of Terror at Dynamic Earth – You will work with your classmates and industry experts to create and build the Tunnel of Terror underground experience at Sudbury's Dynamic Earth, a popular component of the tourist attraction's Halloween festivities.

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
TAP 1000Lighting I 3
TAP 1002Audio I 3
TAP 1004Industry Health and Safety 1
TAP 1008Production Applications I 2
TAP 1110Stagecraft I 4
TAP 1130Drafting Design Interpretation 4
TAP 1141Entertainment Industry Rigging 4
The following General Education course:  3
Positive Psychology 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 2
ENG 1002College Communications 3
TAP 1001Lighting II 3
TAP 1005Audio II 4
TAP 1009Production Applications II 2
TAP 1010Stage Management 3
TAP 2120Stagecraft II 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
AAD 1010Production Tour Management 3
ENG 2305Business Employment Correspondence 3
TAP 1011Set and Lighting Design I 3
TAP 1210Costume Management 4
TAP 1220Set Painting 4
TAP 2105Professional Development 2
TAP 2160History of the Theatre I 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Health Wellness 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 4
TAP 1240Special Effects 2
TAP 2106Professional Development II 2
TAP 2110Prop Making 4
TAP 2215Set and Lighting Design II 3
TAP 2230Model Making 4
TAP 2260History of the Theatre II 2
 Term Credits: 17
 Total Credits: 87


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $2,800 for first year. This amount includes the costs for Personal Protective Equipment, tools, equipment, textbooks and school supplies. This information is the best available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will have the knowledge to find employment in the diverse entertainment industry – an industry limited only by one's imagination and creativity. You may find positions in:

  • Stage management

  • Lighting design

  • Set design

  • Special effects

  • Costume and prop design

  • Make-up

College/University Degree Opportunities

Qualified graduates, those who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or higher, can enter directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Thorneloe University (affiliated with Laurentian University) and can major in Theatre Production or Theatre Performance to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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