Humber’s Theatre Arts - Production diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to launch your career working in the professional theatre 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 and production management. 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
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
This program is hosting an Information Session in January 2020.
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.
Our students use the latest technology and learn in specialized labs and creative spaces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty members are well-respected members of the theatre production and live entertainment community in the GTA.
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 the technicians and craftspeople we train, 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, technical directors and production managers. 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.
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.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
Theatre Arts - Performance
Credential: Advanced Diploma
Length: 6 semesters
Visual and Digital Arts
Length: 4 semesters
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Success Story: Hannah Hogan
Fri, January 17, 2020
"At Humber, I learned that the best way to succeed in acting is to reach out to the peers and colleagues in your community for help and support."
Hannah Hogan graduated in 2007 from Humber's Acting for Film and Television program where she received the Brian Linehan Scholarship for Outstanding Artistic Promise.
She credits the program with giving her the confidence to pursue acting as a profession, and for enabling her to approach acting as a technical craft. Since leaving, Hannah has done several commercials, as well as short and feature length independent films. She became a member of ACTRA a year after graduating, and enjoys working with the most talented artists in the Canadian film industry. Most recently, she can be seen starring in the YTV series That’s So Weird, which was nominated for several Canadian comedy and Gemini Awards. She is also working on producing a web series with fellow graduate Stephen Kew, and looks forward to increasing her profile as an up-and-coming Canadian actress.
Success Story: Charlotte Hegele
Thu, January 16, 2020
"There is a good reason Humber's AFTV program attracts the highest quality instructors."
"I would not have the career I do if it wasn't for the training I received from the unbelievably talented and dedicated faculty. Humber attracts the best because it is the best."
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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News
Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists
Thu, June 13, 2019
96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.
Faculty of Media and Creative Arts Students Win Big at this Year's Skills Ontario Competition
Mon, May 27, 2019
The Faculty of Media and Creative Arts would like to congratulate four of our students who won at Skills Ontario this spring.
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