The Performance Production program is recognized internationally for delivering a curriculum of unmatched breadth for artists who wish to apply their creativity to one of the following facets of the entertainment industry:
In first and second year, you study a cross section of subjects from these three areas. Management-related studies include scheduling, staffing, budgeting, personnel, artist relations, contracts, promotion, technical direction, and production management. In production and design, your studies may include a combination of subjects such as prop and costume construction, lighting, sound, technical drawing, set and model building, scenic painting, pattern drafting, and sewing. To round out your education you undertake an historical examination of performance styles through the ages. You learn about Canadian theatre, music, and musical production. There are organized tours of theatres and other industry- related facilities. Written and presentation skills - required of technical and production professionals - are also developed.
In their final year, all Performance Production students undertake an independent study project related to their area of interest. Examples include directing a play, creating a lighting equipment handbook, or devising a business plan for a theatre company. There are liberal study electives available including English, history, philosophy, French, psychology, politics, and geography. In addition, the following study options are available depending on your area of interest:
There are opportunities to acquire experience in technical direction, production management, stage management, and theatre administration (including publicity and marketing, box office, and front of house). Courses are also available in business and financial planning, new venture startup, organizational structure and staffing, labour law, and health and safety.
There are opportunities to acquire experience in set, prop, and costume construction, painting, dying, maintenance, lighting, and sound installations and operation. There are also courses in physics, occupational health and safety, welding, scenic painting, make-up, wiggery, pyrotechnics, and theatre rigging.
There are opportunities to acquire experience in costume, set, lighting, and sound design. Figuring prominently in course studies are drawing and drafting, mathematics of light, colour, sound, and historical surveys of period style.