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Production / Design

The performance production program is recognized nationally and globally for delivering a curriculum of unmatched breadth for artists who wish to apply their creativity to the entertainment industry.

Unique in Canada for its Conservatory Style, Ryerson’s Performance Production program offers students an opportunity to study the Entertainment Industry from both design and technical perspectives.  The first two years offer a strong foundation grounded in exposure to all behind-the-scenes departments including lighting, sound, costume and scenery. As well, students are offered training in production and stage management, technical direction, work health-and-safety, scheduling, staffing, budgeting, artist relations, contracts and promotion.  In the upper two years students have an opportunity to specialize in preferred areas while also choosing from a growing minors band, currently including minors in acting/ dance and business/ entrepreneurship.  In the fourth year students are encouraged to complete a semester of outreach, working professionally in the industry, and also to generate and complete an independent research project under the guidance of a practicing artist.  Theatre training and practice are supplemented with a rich exposure to performing arts history in Canada and beyond and students in each year of the program attend live performances across the city of Toronto.  

The Performance Production BFA program seeks to educate future leaders and creative personnel for the Canadian cultural sector, serving across the expanding fields of media and theatre technology.  It is intended for individuals who are creative and passionate about the challenges of the performing arts and who are interested in contributing on a global scale to the Canadian theatre industry from the smallest of fringe festivals to large-scale corporate events.

Join us in our new purpose-built production and performance studios as we meet the challenges of the twenty-first century head-on.  After forty-five years in existence, Performance Production has educated innumerable theatre artists now working across culture and creative industries internationally.  As one of the nine prominent professional schools within the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, the School of Performance’s production students have opportunities to collaborate in the other design schools enriching their education through film studies, fashion, radio and television, to name just a few. Concepts that are theorized in the classroom are put into practice so that students get hands on experience working on live theatre and dance productions, collaborating with visiting guest directors and designers as well as with the actors and dancers who are training at Ryerson’s School of Performance.  

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages.

Non-Academic Requirements

This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to the academic requirements, this program selects students on the basis of grades PLUS non-academic requirements.

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Course Overview

Visit Ryerson University's official course calendar and curriculum overview for course descriptions and course requirements per semester.