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Theatre Arts - Production

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Program Code: 04891 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

Humber’s Theatre Arts - Production diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to launch your career working in the live events industry. You will learn how to build exquisite props, puppets, costumes, set pieces and painted scenery; how to incorporate light and sound into a theatrical performance; and how to serve the collaborative team through stage management and technical direction. You will develop hands-on expertise mounting productions for the Humber Theatre season in partnership with students enrolled in our Theatre Arts - Performance program. The Humber Theatre season is fully integrated with the academic curriculum to ensure a balanced learning environment.

We focus on creative work in a collaborative artistic environment with professional discipline, broad-based training and education in all areas of production for the performing arts, while instilling a commitment to lifelong learning in this constantly changing field.

All of our faculty have substantial industry experience, and part-time instructors have full-time professional careers. As well, professional directors, designers, rehearsal stage managers, fight directors and other specialists outside of the faculty are brought in for the Humber Theatre season and other projects. We hire directors and designers who are known for their unusual and innovative approaches. Their creativity brings constant challenges, excitement and learning opportunities to the Humber Theatre production season and enhances in-class instruction. These professionals often provide our students with contacts, references and employment opportunities.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Design and construct the physical elements for stage and actors to achieve production-specific goals.
  • Provide a cohesive production experience through the integration and operation of theatre technology.
  • Collaborate with all members of a production team to enable the creative expression of diverse ideas and concepts.
  • Maintain safety standards for theatre operations.
  • Manage all phases of a theatre production to industry standards.
  • Integrate applied research on national and international theatrical history and culture to inform professional discussions.


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The Humber Experience

Recent Productions

Each year, Humber Theatre presents a number of original productions which demand the full creative engagement of performance and production students under the guidance of internationally recognized artists.

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The Humber Advantage

Facilities

Our students use the latest technology and learn in specialized labs and creative spaces.

Studio theatre

Humber Studio Theatre

The Humber Studio Theatre is a flexible black box theatre featuring moveable seats for up to 120 people. It can be configured in any number of ways (end stage, thrust, arena) to allow you to exercise your creativity. This flexibility is especially valuable for experimental performances where unusual arrangements of audience and stage may be needed. Lighting, sound, rigging, and stage management classes are conducted in this space, giving students the real-world training they’ll need for professional venues.

Paint Studio

Paint Shop

This multipurpose room offers space for the delivery of Theatre Production’s comprehensive paint curriculum. It facilitates a smooth production workflow by offering easy access to other production shops, and is equipped with theatrical lighting, as well as pin rail and rigging, so that student work can be evaluated under real-world stage conditions.

Carpentry Shop

Carpentry Shop

The carpentry shop is a dedicated construction space fully equipped with the industry-standard tools, including table saws and drill presses, needed for set construction. All theatrical sets for the Humber Theatre production season are built on site in this space.

Wardrobe shop

Wardrobe Shop

Organized just like a professional shop, the wardrobe shop is equipped with all the industry standard machines—including industrial machines, sergers and irons—needed to work with textiles. Students use this shop to craft theatrical costumes for Humber Theatre productions under the supervision of professional costumers.

Prop shop

Prop Shop

Theatre props calls for a multitude of skills, and this multi-purpose shop can handle upholstery, moulding and casting, sculpture, soft goods, puppetry, small carpentry projects, life casting, painting, and a wide range of fabrication and assemblage projects. Every inch of the prop shop holds materials to discover, and industry appropriate tools to help students build theatre props large and small.

Audio Studio

Audio Studio

This AV classrooms feature a voice-over booth, a 24-track ProTools system, as well as Mac and PC audio/video workstations. Students use this space to record audio for dubbing, as well as edit video and sound cues.


Our Industry Partnerships

Humber works with many professional theatres, equipment suppliers, production service companies, professional organizations, artists and unions who assist with equipment, facilities, expertise, workshops, backstage tours and professional opportunities. Recent partners include Airmagic Pyrotechnics & Special Effects, Freeman Audio Visual, The Set Shop, Canada’s Wonderland, Canstage, Canadian Opera Company, Christie Lites, Cirque du Soleil, Clay and Paper Theatre, Contact Distribution, Factory Theatre, Hamilton Scenic Specialty, IATSE Locals 58, 822 and 828, Jack A. Frost Ltd., Natural Resources Canada – Explosives, Regulatory Division, Nightswimming Theatre, Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, One Little Goat, Paragon Props, Production Resource Group (PRG), Pyrotek Special Effects Inc., RC4 Wireless Dimming and Motion, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Rosco Laboratories Ltd., SF Marketing, Shaw Festival Theatre, Show Pro, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, The Living Arts Centre, The Puppetmongers, The Rabbit’s Choice, Common Boots Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and William F. White Ltd.


Expert Faculty

Faculty members are well-respected members of the theatre production and live entertainment community in the GTA.

Your Career

With more than 90 venues in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and many more producing companies, Toronto is the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world. Toronto is also the source of theatre productions, concert tours and industrial shows that tour nationally and internationally.

There are many opportunities behind the scenes for technicians and craftspeople, and our graduates make careers as carpenters, prop builders, puppeteers, conventional and moving light technicians, sound technicians, wardrobe personnel, riggers, and scenic painters.

In the management realm, our graduates work as stage managers and technical directors. Our graduates also work in related areas of the entertainment industry including cruise ships, theme parks, ice shows, concert tours, industrial presentations, specialized service companies, and film and television. Some graduates form companies collaborating with performers and designers to create original work. Your career may also take you to more senior management positions.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Working at Heights and Personnel Lift Training

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn Working at Heights and Personnel Lift Training certifications as part of their program. There may be an additional cost involved. 

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

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    or

    Recommended

    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U (or equivalent)

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Resume and Cover Letter

  • Theatre Arts - Production is a vibrant and emerging field of study and area of employment. Graduates of Humber College's Theatre Arts - Production program go on to exciting careers in such areas of employment as theatre management, live sound production, set and costume design, lighting, props and live event production. Similar to the industry itself, Humber's Theatre Arts - Production program requires passion, collaboration and a willingness to work. This program will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership within this field.

    In your cover letter, in 500 to 750 words, discuss your knowledge of the theatre production industry, list any high school or community theatre work with which you have been involved and discuss your immediate and long-term objectives.

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $4,340.64
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$100 to $150 – personal protective equipment (safety shoes, hard hat, safety glasses, etc.); $300 to $350 – required tools; $570 to $600 – textbooks; $120 – drafting and other materials

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business. 

Please note:  Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Tanya Greve, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79059
tanya.greve@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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