Beyond technical proficiency in acting or dance, performance artists need the educational breadth and well-rounded intellectual capacity that comes from studying a broad range of both theatre related and other academic subjects. In addition to their separate, streamed programs, Acting, Dance and Production students take classes together. These include an historical perspective of performance, and a working knowledge of Canadian and international dance, drama, and film. To understand the role of production for stage and screen, students gain a familiarity with technical aspects, such as lighting, sound, set, and costume design. Through an independent study seminar, the operation of an arts organization is researched and analyzed. There is a range of electives, including musical theatre, audition preparation, pedagogy, Canadian theatre, dance history, and text analysis. For those who want to pursue work as a playwright or choreographer, there are studies in staging theatrical productions, as well as opportunities to create and mount personal works.